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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Fred Thompson, Federalist

By David Davenport

With 10 republicans running for president, a lot of people are watching one who's not (at least not yet): former Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee.

When Thompson sounds one of his favorite themes about federalism, I wish more folks would listen.

Federalism is the old-fashioned idea that everything need not be done in Washington, but that state and local governments also have an important role to play.

From tort reform--which Thompson felt should be left to the states--to No Child Left Behind--Republicans and Democrats alike have been quick to ignore the role of states. Washington, with its one-size-fits-all approach, needs to leave room for states to experiment with welfare reform, education and the environment.

In a presidential campaign, the candidates are quick to say what the federal government can do for you. I'd like to hear more from the man who says Washington should do less, not more.


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