Watched the GOP debates from Florida last night. Looks like Mitt and Rick are solidly preparing for the showdown at the OK Corral! When asked about which Federal Departments they would do away with BOTH the EPA and the Dept of Education were mentioned (and the crowd of course applauded loudly). Over and over again, almost to a person, they go on and on about how "I think that should be an issue for the States to handle......" And I couldn't help to think to myself: Do they realize that when States handle issues, there is just as much chance of cronyism, corruption, waste and incompetence? And as each State decides what is appropriate (like Arizona did on their immigration laws) -- many people may end up choosing not to LIVE in that State. "Get the Federal Gov't out of the business of..............." has become one of their mantras. However --- a national standard for dealing with Clean Air/Water regulations -- hazardous waste, etc. seems MUCH better than allowing each State to handle it. A national Standard for Education seems appropriate if someone educated by the Mississippi school system wants to go to Harvard (or get a good job in California) for example. Here in Kansas, the ongoing debate about whether Intelligent Design should be taught along with evolution probably makes some in Vermont (once again for example) wonder if they really want to apply to (or graduate from) KU! Left to individual States -- would it be a healthy thing if they decided to do away with their Child Labor Laws (or collective bargaining as some States are doing). I can envision us becoming even more of a disheveled mess of each State making decisions that might be better left to the Federal Realm for the sake of "standardizing" certain issues. All that said --- how about a bit of discussion concerning Specifically WHAT you think should be left to the States and what needs to be Federally regulated! What ARE the benefits and pitfalls of individual States taking over certain areas of responsibility? Thanks!