Reduce Federal Spending by Returning Programs to the States

Since I announced my candidacy on March 20, 2014, I have received requests to support legislation that uses the force of government to give your federal dollars to noble causes. As unpopular as this may sound, that’s not the proper role of government.1

All federal programs that can be handled by the states must be returned to the states. How can we do that with wisdom and prudence? I’ll start a list:

  1. Create a vision for the long-term prosperity of our great nation
  2. Ask every American to read and re-read the U.S. Constitution. Publish a list of core-constitutional principles. Ask all Americans including federal employees and contractors to review those principles.
  3. Remind elected officials they took an oath of office to uphold, support and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic
  4. Solicit justification for why any program should remain at the federal level
  5. Consider unforeseen consequences and how transferring programs to states may affect employees
  6. Ask the states to create transfer plans
  7. Do it

We cannot afford to spend huge amounts on impact studies. Many entrepreneurs and fiscally responsible CEOs could formulate efficient transfer plans.

Power will rarely give up control. That’s why the Founding Fathers gave us the Tenth Amendment—State nullification of unconstitutional federal laws. Several organizations2 may be a good place to start including Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom.

I hope you can see why electing new, non-establishment candidates is so essential.

Let’s thank Congressman Jason Chaffetz for his six years of public service and release him so he can serve his country in another capacity. Vote Robert Stevens for Congress. Let me show you what I can do.


1James Madison on Entitlements

2Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom. See also the Tenth Amendment Center.