The sad thing is, I would tend to agree that having the fed taxing people (AND borrowing) just to give money BACK to the states, rather than the states taxing and paying for their own mandates is plain wrong.
There are indeed way too many federal programs.
But history has proven again and again, the Republicans will make no real cuts in spending, will continue to beggar the nation with borrowing, and let the ever-shrinking middle class carry the full tax burden.
The problem is, they'll spend just as much money, DIFFERENTLY.
Put me in charge. We do not need a world-spanning military presence. Save a trillion dollars a year shuttering or handing over global military bases built to fight the 'Cold War' that ended over 20 years ago.
We should NOT be the sole nation that spends blood and money on keeping petroleum 'affordable' for the world.
We should NOT be the sole nation that goes in to 'fix' problems.
See how cheap a KIA or Hyundai or TV monitor or cell phone from South Korea is, if we leave them to pay to defend their own damned border.
The UN was chartered to work out problems like this. We should work with the REST of the world to come up with a solution that doesn't bankrupt the US, because if we just up and STOP because we can't pay for all of this B.S. anymore, the shit will hit the fan.
We should not be 'Team America World Police'.