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Re: 5 most tax unfriendly states to retirees

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Interesting theory and I agree in concept, but I have lived in several states, some large, some small, and frankly they are not all that efficient or effective. Lots of cronyism, NIH, and frankly there really isn't much point in doing the same research, planning, administration 50 times. Add to that the things that must be nationwide, air traffic control, food and drug certification, defense. Interstate system, SEC.

My state is bankrupt due to terrible pension planning over the last 20 years. And seemingly unwilling to tackle the problem. Pass it on to the next election.

I really struggle to find the things that are handled significantly and measurably better at the local level. Look at education. By and large it is a locally controlled situation. Local teachers, local admin. Local buildings.

"No child left behind" is just a convenient scapegoat to blame for the last 25 years of failure.

I think it is too easy to over simplify the problems our government has to address, local state or nationsl.

I don't advocate a nation takeover, but state and local control is no panaccea either.

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08-23-2013 12:38:07

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 Re: 5 most tax unfriendly states to retirees in reply to American, 08-23-2013 12:03:02  
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It's not an interesting theory. It's how we were supposed to operate. The 50 states (countries) were to handle their own affairs with the federal government being small and handling the few things the individual states couldn't (common defense, post office, federal judiciary, common money etc..) I'd rather have 50 states trying things and having one of them come up with a better way than some singular overlord in some far off place tell me he knows what's best for me. Every state was supposed to be its own liberty experiment. If you didn't like yours - MOVE. Now with this overreaching centralized government - it's the same everywhere. Where can you move too?
I much prefer local control. People are much more accountable if they live in your own community. Are all of them always right? - No! But if one local school board screws up the education for their kids in one state that doesn't mean you should advocate that the federal government should take over the education of all states. What have THEY ever done well (other then military in most cases)?!?! "No child left behind" is central government control of education - and spending has gone up and scores have gone down! You proved MY point.
The federal government should be so small that the presidency should be a part time position.

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