No disconnect

August 28, 2011 

Regarding the Fort Worth Star Telegram editorial "Bright lights on a long record" you reprinted Aug. 19: Sometimes stuff appears on the Other Opinion page of The N&O that is so clueless that one shakes the head in chagrin.

"He'll (Rick Perry) have to explain the disconnect between the statement at Saturday's campaign announcement - 'And I'll promise you this, I'll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can' - with signing legislation that put state government squarely in the doctor's examination room."

The writer betrays the profound ignorance of federalism that is at the root of the disastrous accretion of federal power that has brought us to the mess we are in! If Texas residents want to make abortion rarer than, for instance, Massachusetts, they are entitled to do so. There is no disconnect between Perry's actions as governor and his desire to decrease the power of the federal government in our daily lives.

As James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 45 ,"federal powers are few and defined, while those left to state and local communities are numerous and indefinite." Perry is the first candidate who is running on a true smaller government platform since Reagan.

George W. Bang


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