Skip to comments.The Great Washington Explosion
Posted on 08/11/2013 8:54:34 AM PDT by Kaslin
You may be walking around thinking that you are just a small person with no say regarding what your government should be doing. You vote every chance you get, but it seems like the government grows more distant and less responsive. You feel this anguish of hopelessness that the government you grew up with is slipping away. All those feelings are justified because the monolith of Washington, DC, is swallowing up all levels of government -- thereby further distancing you from having any say over your life.
Certainly, it was not always this way. David Brinkley, one of our greatest and most historic newscasters, in 1996 wrote a terrific book that clarified for us the genesis of Washington, DC, being the center of the universe. In Washington Goes to War, Brinkley tells of how a sleepy little town became the central focus of the most powerful country in the world. By the time anyone read the book in the late 1990s, we were already accepting the omnipotence of D.C. However, since then, the control over our lives has become even more pervasive.
The Tax Foundation (Taxfoundation.org) performed an analysis of how deeply D.C. has its claws in our everyday life. What they showed on a map (found on their website) is the percentage of each states budget that comes from Washington funding. The range of state budgets beholden to the federal government are Alaska, at the low-end coming in at 24%, to Mississippi which has 49% of its budget funded by the federal government.
In analyzing the study, it is impossible to point the finger at conservative vs. liberal states as to how they exist on federal funds. The reason is that high tax states may have a lower percent of their revenue coming from federal funds because of the huge revenue they collect. A perfect example is California has only 32.4% and Illinois has 33.7% of their funding coming from Washington, while Florida has 36.9% and Texas has 40% of their state budget being paid from federal funds. That being said even those who argue for states rights still feed at the federal trough.
Governors and state legislatures would argue that it makes sense that so much money comes from the federal government because of the immense amount of mandates they have to confront coming from Washington. They would even argue that there are many more unfunded mandates that are forced upon them by the feds. If that is true, it just more clearly defines how much say people in D.C. have over each states spending priorities.
I spoke to Tad DeHaven of the Cato Institute to find out whether there exists similar analysis for municipal governments. It is clear that counties and cities receive their own funding from D.C. directly and substantial additional funds that flow through the fingers of bureaucrats in their state capitals. Unfortunately, no analysis exists that definitively shows what we know: Washington through the power of funding has control over every level of government in America.
There are two ramifications of this. First, our state and municipal leaders are constantly prowling the halls of Congress begging for money. Instead of being home to take care of the needs of their constituents they are pleading for more money from Washington, which comes with multiple strings attached. Our local officials then tell us their hands are tied because of being beholden to those people far away in D.C. We all suffer because we have a less responsive government.
The second factor focuses on the biggest reason this governmental funding shell game continues. That is the fact that the federal government can deficit finance (print money) unlike other levels of government. City, county and state government must balance their budgets, but if they do it, it is with federal funds that are borrowed. The end game is we lose more and more control over our governments and how they are run.
The federal governments pervasiveness does not stop there. In a recent column that ran in the Wall Street Journal by James Pierson of the Manhattan Institute, he defined how the government has taken over control of charities as they now receive one-third of their funds from government. It also defines what we all know. The not-for-profit organizations in turn have huge lobbying operations in Washington. The charities which were set up to counterbalance the power of government are now going hat in hand to the government wonks and in turn are beholden to them. The say of the lay leaders of these organizations becomes insignificant compared to the control asserted by Washington funding sources.
The growth of D.C. and its suburbs since the days of World War II has been gargantuan. The control they assert over our lives has been commensurate with that growth. The richest counties in America are those surrounding our nations capital. You speak to people in Washington and they give you a passing nod because you are not here in the center of the universe you dont really understand.
If you are feeling that your say over your daily life is slipping away, you are justified in that feeling. That $3.7 trillion federal budget dictates what we do at all levels. Control over our lives as we know it is slipping away. It gets worse every day and we need to begin the process of reversing this erosion of our freedoms.
I stopped right there....
You vote every chance you get.
Not true not voting is what got us into this mess.
Indeed. The Washington take over happened in the 1930s under FDR. The rest has just been an continuation or extension of what happened then.
But the lovers of power have figured it out. It took them 2 centuries (well, almost), but they did it. They have turned the very document written to limit big government, the Constitution, upside-down, inside-out, and backward.
Instead of being read (correctly) as a limit to power on the federal government, it is now used to expand their power by interpreting all kinds of "right"s for the feds in disregard for the rights of the people, who are more and more getting their rights narrowly and strictly defined and limited.
Obama is the epitome of that all-burning, all-encompassing desire for power over others ( a liberal trait). Make no mistake, though, there is no end to that lust. The more power he acquires, the more power he wants and must have. There is no limit to what he will do to get that power, and nothing to hinder him (do you hear me, "news" media?).
What exactly got us into this mess ?
.. the land of entitlements
.. the use of social media was ignored by the GOPe
.. the use of meta data now compiled thru IRS, NSA, 'common Core' education , etc., etc...
.. expecting the professional libturd grievience media NBCBSMSNBC to have some objectivity ; establish a truely CONSERVATIVE media network
.. encourage the GOPe to stop chasing the 20% undecided voter, and return to common moral values
.. dump Karl Rove since he has never conducted a winning election
.. dump the spineless leader of the House, and get a leader in there with brains and tactics , rather than a reactionary RHINO sot.
.. install leadership through statesmanship , not another tainted or polluted politician
.. create an innovative program to welcome disenchanted Demorats
.. get leadership who will effectively bring all these pending investigations to a timely conclusion,
rather than all these 'hang-fire ' multitude of "bumps in the road" !!
Prosecute these CRIMES either in CONGRESS , or the Supreme Court; "either sh*t ,.. or get off the pot", or resign and get out of the way!!
One of the fundamental pillars of socialism/communism from the very start is centralized government. Since the means of production and distribution are to be controlled by the government (ostensibly for the benefit of all members of society),it is only natural that one large government is needed on order to discharge its manifold obligations. This leave little or no room for local government-all such local governments must be made subservient to the central government.
Good article except, the money is not “coming from Washington”, it is coming from people who live in States, counties, cities anyway in the form of taxes.
So why not just keep the money in States, counties and cities and spend it directly there rather than send it to D.C. and then waste money lobbying to get part of it back?
All of it is so illogical as to make you dizzy from contemplating it.
Exactly right !
It ignores " States Rights " and centralizes power.
It seems to me that about 150 years ago , we had an armed debate about that very issue.
We need to re-establish the system of checks and balances that are fundamental to our Republic.
States have been told that they may not defend their borders; may not, via their constitutions, define what history has known for millennia, that marriage = man + woman. They must accept the daily changing whims of Obama as expressed through his appointees in the cabinet and in the behomoth federal apparat he's created. States have the constitutional power to act----but they don't seem to care that they have been reduced to supplicant status.
WHAT AMERICANS USE TO KNOW ABOUT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
The first several generations of Americans understood that the Declaration of Independence was the ultimate states rights document. The citizens of the states would delegate certain powers to a central government in their Constitution, and these powers (mostly for national defense and foreign policy purposes) would hopefully be exercised for the benefit of the citizens of the "free and independent" states, as they are called in the Declaration.
The understanding was that if American citizens were in fact to be the masters rather than the servants of government, they themselves would have to police the national government that was created by them for their mutual benefit. If the day ever came that the national government became the sole arbiter of the limits of its own powers, then Americans would live under a tyranny as bad or worse than the one the colonists fought a revolution against.
As the above quotation denotes, the ultimate natural law principle behind this thinking was Jeffersons famous dictum in the Declaration of Independence that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and that whenever that consent is withdrawn the people of the free and independent states, as sovereigns, have a duty to abolish that government and replace it with a new one if they wish.
This was the fundamental understanding of the meaning of the Declaration of Independence that it was a Declaration of Secession from the British empire of the first several generations of Americans. As the 1, 107-page book, Northern Editorials on Secession shows, this view was held just as widely in the Northern states as in the Southern states in 1860-1861. Among the lone dissenters was Abe Lincoln, a corporate lawyer/lobbyist/politician with less than a year of formal education who probably never even read The Federalist Papers.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE PREAMBLE We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights...
What came after the Declaration of Independence was the "bill of particulars" against the colonial ruler--King George III ---that justified the declaration and subsequent colonial rebellion.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance, reads one of Jeffersons indictments against the king.
(Amply describes the Obama juggernaut against Americans.)
Michelle Antoinette needs her Versailles.
“Let them eat kale.”
It gets worse every day and we need to begin the process of reversing this erosion of our freedoms.
So true. It is time for an Article V amendment convention.
Good for you.
While I understand your opinion on Brinkley, I’d take him over most of the talking heads on TV today. When he had a Sunday show, This Week with David Brinkley, his commentary was usually worth a listen. I’ve read the book referenced in this article and found it very readable as both a history and a commentary on the growth of government.
Methinks ominously pervasive, and progressively oppressive. King George would be proud.
I grew up across the river about 6 miles from the Whitehouse. As a kid in the 50s and early 60s if you saw a limo it was somebody the president, the queen or some super rich person. Then along about the end of the Johnson administration there were suddenly limos all over the place every backwater politico seem to have one. It’s only gotten worse from what I hear.
Yes, but advent of block grants from DC was ingenious for those who wanted to have Washington be in control of everything. Idiots in state governments and in Congress act as if states are getting some great gift when DC sends money to their state. It’s all money taken from taxpayers in every state and distributed at Washington’s whim. Morons can’t see how this gives the central government control over the states.
All they had to do was find the 'weak link' in the three tiers. They did. It is the Judicial/USSC. In order to change everything with the Judicial Branch they had to have the 17th Amendment. They got it. Now, with modern technology, a crooked Senate and a compliant (bribed/blackmailed) Judiciary it is 'Game Over' IMO.
Did you notice the low voter turn out in the last two elections? however your facts have added to the mess.