This week, President Obama and the last-gasp Democratic Congress parlayed on whether to allow Americans to keep their own money (no), considered whether to pay unemployed people with the money of those who have jobs (yes), and proposed a new budget topping $1.1 trillion. Meanwhile, Congress' last major "achievement," the nationalization of health care, was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in Virginia on the grounds that it forces Americans to buy a particular product -- and Democrats went ballistic.
You may be noticing a pattern here. Democrats worship the national government and despise the American people and the states. They see any growth of national government as a net positive, and any movement in favor of individual economic liberty as a net loss.
Even more than liberals hate individual economic freedom, however, they hate the states. That's because states show how government "should" work. State governments show that those governments that are most local, responsive and non-intrusive are also most successful. For example, the three best states in terms of unemployment are North Dakota (3.8 percent), South Dakota (4.5 percent) and Nebraska (4.7 percent). Not coincidentally, all three states are conservative. The three worst states in terms of unemployment are Nevada (14.2 percent), Michigan (12.8 percent) and California (12.4 percent). All are Democratic and heavily unionized. States are laboratories of democracy; they show consistently that fiscally responsible governance works every time it's tried.
That's why Democrats have no interest in fostering state and local government -- they're more interested in filling pockets in Washington, D.C, and centralizing their own power. That's why they scorn state governors, try to utilize states as tools of federal enforcement (except if states attempt to enforce federal immigration law), and encourage their allies on the state level to run up state debt -- thereby forcing states to go to the federal government for cash.
After usurping state power, the feds then turn their backs on the states during times of emergency. That's the M.O. of the Obama administration, which has expanded federal power beyond all measure, yet could not even cut through its own red tape during the Gulf oil disaster.
"One of the things the federal government has got to learn is that you can't worry about paperwork and process; you've got to cut through the red tape and just get the job done," Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana told me on my radio show.