Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Herman Cain: Federalist

On Herman Cain's campaign website, the Republican presidential candidate has this to say about federal entitlements: 
The federal government has imposed expensive and often counter-productive social and welfare programs on the states and the people. It is time to admit the mistakes, and get the federal government out of the way. This will allow states, cities, churches, charities and businesses to offer a helping hand instead of a handout where they live. People closest to the problems are the best ones to solve the problems effectively.
Cain's position reflects the principles of federalism.  Federalism is well summarized by the tenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that all powers not granted to the federal government belong to the states or to the people.  Besides the constitutional mandate, federalism fulfills the Catholic doctrine of subsidiarity, which requires that all governmental and economic functions be performed at the most local level at which they are effective.  Sadly, both federalism and subsidiarity have been neglected by politicians on both sides of the aisle.  Besides Ron Paul, Herman Cain is the only Republican presidential candidate with the courage to apply the principle of federalism to federal entitlements.  He will probably not win the Republican nomination, but it is refreshing to see someone on the national stage stand for what is right.

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