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  • What happened to being United States??

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    13 posts, 11 voices, 790 views, started Apr 25, 2011

    Posted on Monday, April 25, 2011

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      I wonder what the forefathers would have thought about how things are turning out. When the country was founded the belief was that the federal govt should be a very small governing body and the states should self-govern. Now it looks like the Federal govt is getting so large that the states have limited rights to govern themselves.

      I’m happy to see that there are still governers who are strong and stand up for the right of the states (Christie, Brown, Jindal).  

      What are your thoughts? Should the federal government be larger or smaller??

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          Tuliplady wrote Apr 25, 2011
        • The federal government needs to be much, much smaller.  

           You are right about states having limited power. For example, twenty or so years ago, states had the right to set their own legal drinking age.  In theory  we still do.  But several states out here wanted to keep the age at 18 or 19, so the federal government said, fine but you will loose all your federal highway funding.  Now that's just wrong on so many levels.    

          The states’ power to govern themselves is getting less and less all the time and we the people have let it happen.



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          UK Girl wrote Apr 25, 2011
        • sorry but how can drinking be tied up with roads?

          All I know bigger the machine the more it costs to run and the more layers of management who earn a fortune and do nothing but hamper progress - small machines are quicker and more reactive to situations and cheaper to run - plus smaller knows the people and their needs not managements needs



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          Cathie Beck wrote Apr 25, 2011
        • Annie, if the Brown you mention is California’s Governor Brown, I can tell you that he’s the 2nd Governor in a row that’s trying to rescue California. It’s all about support and I think I can safely say it all political manuevering. The senators and state representatives are who we really also need to pay attention to in elections, because they either support the state’s governor or not. There’s some snakes in the grass here in California, but I have to say that I like Governer Brown’s “cut the government costs” attitude.  

          Cathie



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          Vikki Hall wrote Apr 25, 2011
        • I say smaller to Federal.... However the Gov of MI scares me!



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          Mary Clark wrote Apr 26, 2011
        • Here are a few quotes from Thomas Jefferson.....they are all so very true....

          The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. -Thomas Jefferson

          I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.-Thomas Jefferson

          Most bad government has grown out of too much government.-Thomas Jefferson

          What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?-Thomas Jefferson

          When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.-Thomas Jefferson

          Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.-Thomas Jefferson

          I think myself that we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.-Thomas Jefferson

          The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.-Thomas Jefferson

          Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have ... The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.



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          Cheekymonkey wrote Apr 27, 2011
        • All government needs to be smaller. To many cooks in the kitchen so to speak. To many agendas that nothing is getting nothing done fast!
          It’s the chase the tail mentality In government.
          Round and round where it stops no one knows!!! Is a very true statement and it’s a scary one.
          It goes back to we the people. Somewhere along the line that was truely lost. People use that line for every agenda knowen but I wonder how many really understand exactly what it is to mean?
          It doesn’t mean what it was intended to when written.



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          Cheekymonkey wrote Apr 27, 2011
        • Sorry one other note: We the people have a responsibility too. To do the right thing which is never easy or it wouldn’t be called the right thing.
          It starts with educating yourself on issues and not following the ban wagon ( tv commercials ect) and follow through by voting.
          Yes, it’s small but it starts somewhere. Can’t reform if your clueless and shouldnt complain if you didn’t stand up and let your voice be counted.



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          Cathie Beck wrote Apr 28, 2011
        • I agree, Cris.  

          Cathie



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