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Don't Tread on Six-Toed Cats

4214 Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 7:48 PM
Well said LMan. If I may add to your list of facts: Canada and the USA are the only countries in history where the original population has lost territory and influence to more advanced groups. Which of course makes their forced receipt of billions of dollars of our taxes all the more tragic.

One of my New Year's resolutions is to work harder to persuade ideological friends and foes alike that the way to reduce partisanship and maximize happiness in America is to embrace federalism -- the view that we should push as many decisions as possible to the lowest local level feasible.

Federalism reduces partisanship by shrinking the importance of the federal government. It increases happiness by maximizing the number of people who get to live the way they want to live.

Unfortunately, proponents of federalism tend to start the conversation with the really big issues: gay marriage, drugs, guns, abortion, etc.

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