One encouraging development is that power is leaving Washington, DC and heading to the states. Policy wonks call it devolution, I call it progress.
After 15 years of federalizing K-12 education, for example, Washington turned its back on No Child Left Behind and passed a bill returning power over schools to the states. There’s no need for Washington to act, as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says, as a national school board.
There’s discussion in Congress that the states should not only manage the trees, plants and flowers in their territory, but wildlife as well, including endangered species.
Welfare reform may be the next big issue and any solution is likely to create a larger role for states. Only the marijuana laws are moving the other way, toward Washington.
It’s heartening that Washington may finally be reading the Tenth Amendment—that all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution belong to the states or the people. Not everything needs to be a federal case.
I’m David Davenport.