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Get the "S" out! [Abolishing the states and other radical political dreams]
No political dreamer was ever wild enough to think of breaking down the lines which separate the States, and of compounding the American people into one common mass.
Chief Justice John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland
In the ask an American why we don't trust the government thread which briefly popped up, I saw a number of people posting that they feel a stronger tie to their state than to America. This surprised me, because I feel absolutely no pride in my state (NY). I have tremendous pride in NYC and long island, but I don't see why I should feel any more of a connection to (or have my taxes support) the people of Albany, Buffalo or some other distant part of the state than the people of southern New Jersey or Eastern Conneticut, let alone the commuting regions of those states. To make matters worse, the people of these far flung communities have a say in issues affecting the city, while people who commute there everyday from other states (and pay NY state taxes) cannot vote in the local or state elections which can have a direct impact on their day to day lives.
To me it seems like it would make much more sense to focus on local government (which is best suited to dealing with local issues) and the federal government, with some form of weak intermediary government acting as a conduit between those levels and focusing on areas of common concern (like a city and it's supporting suburbs, or large rural areas). I know how entrenched the states are, and that the suggestion that we eliminate them is radical, but I have a hard time coming up with a reason that they should exist. They are too broad to deal effectively with many local issues, and not broad enough to deal with many big picture issues like the planning of an interstate highway or railroad. I am interested to hear what other people think about the number of levels of government that we have, and what if any role there should be for a level of government between local and federal governments. Let's dream wildly now.
"There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing." -- Andrew Jackson