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Don't Tread on Six-Toed Cats

j349 Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 3:15 PM
....and you want to send the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT in, to fix your cat problem? That's crazier than a three dollar bill. By all means get the LOCAL humane group involved, if necessary. They know what cats are, and how to live with them. The Feds do NOT. The HSUS does not. How about this for a guideline: No government AT ALL should get involved regulating cats, if said government's jurisdictional area extends beyond any single local cat's normal territorial range....say, about 1 mile....

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.