A really great article in “The Smirking Chimp” is proposing something that casts a profound light on the potential of our country.
First of all, for Bush Supporters, please don’t discount the ideas because of the source. The Smirking Chimp is obviously politically biased, but the ideas in this article transcend partisanship.
When the US was originally formed, the Constitution outlined 13 powers that should be granted to the federal government in order to preserve and protect the union of states. IF we had stayed true to those principles, I believe the U.S., and the world, would be in a far better place because we would have 50 continuous experiments, instead of just one.
The article suggests a “Skunkworks” be created by a small set of states, but honestly, any single state has the resources and brain-power required to face some of the challenges he proposes. If it were up to each state to solve the healthcare crisis, the envronmental crisis, the energy crisis, the immigration crisis, the political crisis, and the security crisis, then some of those states would have inevitably come up with the “best of 50” model. Granted, that model might work in only that state, but imagine how much smarter the other 49 states (and the world) would be.
Just food for thought. Those Constitution framers were bright guys …