There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
Its not a simple matter of decreasing spending and raising taxes. If it were, we had done so a long time ago.
We are a vast, fine tuned machine. When we want to be just to everyone, those who pay taxes and those who benefit from those taxes (that's all of us eventually, more or less), we must seek to create the most sensible oversight possible, and that is one State/local level.
Different infrastructures apply to different States, while our populace is as diverse as their needs.
Many argue that we have too many people wanting a free ride, and that may be true. We also have too many who slip through the cracks, because those who aren't disabled are using up funds.
Raising taxes without closing loopholes is like fixing a huge crack in a dam with a bandage, right?
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb