Point – Yes Cox makes some valid arguments in favor of restoring State powers that have been inappropriately assumed by the Federal Government and backs those arguments with examples and solutions. He believes that Congress should transfer powers to the States that are not the direct responsibility of the Federal Government through block grants being administered directly to the local State governments. Cox suggests a review of Federal programs that relate to State and local governments. With this review he believes they will find that a Federal role is neither efficient nor necessary.
Why should the Federal Government essentially pass over the States in order to create relationships with local government? He argues that centralization of power at the Federal level results in waste, duplication of efforts, and contradiction as the Federal Government has inserted itself into functions that are already being handled by State and local governments. It simply doesn’t make sense. States and local governments have proven to spend more efficiently when it comes to their own citizens. Taxpayers want to see the results of their money hard at work.
State and local governments tend to create programs that benefit the people and the budget in that given community which improves upon government efficiency. Cox further defends his position by reminding us that the welfare reform movement began that the State level and continues today with the States taking the lead. “States are like laboratories for democracy. By experimenting with different approaches, the most effective public policy approaches can be identified, and copied by other States.
” Counterpoint – No Kester argues that “although Americans hope for curbs in federal spending, few want simply to substitute state bureaucracies for federal in running their lives. ” He believes that “real federalism in the United States – a twenty first century in which state government wield great power – is a pipe dream. ” Kester defends his position by believing that States are greedy; States want rights but not the responsibilities that go along with such power. States are stereotyped as welfare mothers expecting bailouts and handouts because it’s their “right”.
They complain about the strings attached to federal grants but few refuse the money. Kester claims that States are lazy in such a way that “they’ve been subjected to federal coercion for so long that they now depend on it and forget what self government means. ” He uses state income tax forms as an example of how states struggle to decide what is income and how they should be taxed. The State legislatures basically go by whatever rules Congress decides for them. He questions what State legislatures are for if something as simply as tax structures needs to be formed elsewhere.
Kester always makes a valid point in loyalty of the people who reside in such States. Immigrants have infiltrated the United States in unprecedented numbers over the past two decades. Immigrants cannot be expected to remain loyal to a state they may not serve their best interests. Kester knowledge’s that the local level is where hope lies for doing something constructive with education and public safety; it is here that individuals can make a difference and believe their voice is heard. Opinion At first glance my opinion lied with Cox in that the Federal Government should transfer power to the States.
After all, why shouldn’t each individual State come up with the best plan for its local communities, right? Our children’s education should not come at the hands of Government; they funded the building of the school so they will in turn structure the curriculum as to what should be taught just doesn’t appear fair. It seems simple enough, we vote for our State Representatives believing that they are doing what’s best for the us, the people. Well, after continuing with Kester reading as well as the text book reading and a little research on my own I’m not so sure anymore.
We simply cannot put that much power in the hands of State and local leaders. I believe we would find some States and towns overpopulated creating chaos and confusion. At the end of the day, what good would that do for our education system? Families’ moving from State to State chasing what they believe is the best standard. I’m firm in my belief that order needs to remain consistent across the nation, if that means legislation is created at the top and funneled down then so be it.