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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Non-State Means of Saving Terri and “Small-Government Conservatism”

Clayton Cramer has some suggestions for saving Terri without using government power. If anybody tried that, would the “small-government conservatives” object? Or would they insist that the government Do Something? (If the state government of Florida refused, would they insist on the Federal government getting involved?)

By the way, why are the “small-government conservatives” so much more outraged over this than over far worse violations of states rights? For example, there's No Child Left Behind, which not only interferes with local governments but sets up mechanisms for further interference. There's the gay-marriage controversy, which is likely to interfere with more states for a longer time but which is regarded as minor silliness.

This lack of federalism is not new. You can't look back to the golden age of Reagan. Reagan was known for advocating the Human-Life Amendment (which would interfere with even more allegedly-private decisions and do so on a federal level). For that matter, the drinking age was raised to 21 on a national level in 1984 and that's a clear violation of federal principles.


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