Saving Congress from Itself: Emancipating the States and Empowering Their People.pdf

Saving Congress from Itself: Emancipating the States and Empowering Their People.pdf


The book will propose a single reform (the elimination of all federal grants to state and local governments) that, if adopted, will have a profound across-the-board impact on how we govern ourselves and reduce federal spending by over $600 billion a year. The proliferation of federal grants-in-aid programs is of recent vintage - around 100 of them pre-Lyndon Johnson and now over 1,100 of them. Eliminating those to the states will result in enormous savings in federal and state administrative costs, free the states to set their own priorities; and by eliminating the federal regulations that attend the grants, achieve improvements in the design and implementation of the programs now subsidized by Washington. In short, it will free the states and their subdivisions to resume full responsibility for all activities that fall within their competence, such as education, welfare, the construction and maintenance of highways, etc. And because members of Congress currently spend major portions of their time in the creation of the grants and in allocating the money assigned to them (think earmarks), their elimination will enable Congress to devote its full time to responsibilities that are uniquely national in character.

James L. Buckley was born in New York City in 1923, grew up in rural Connecticut, and received his B.A. degree from Yale. Following service as a naval officer in World War II, he returned to New Haven to secure his law degree. After several years in private practice, he joined a group of small companies engaged in oil exploration abroad. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1970 as the candidate of New York's Conservative Party. He failed of re-election; but he has since served as an under secretary of state in the Reagan administration, as president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, Germany, and, most recently, as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He retired in 2000, and he and his wife now live in his hometown of Sharon, Connecticut.


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