Howdy Folks,<quoted text>
Well, I know that a nation of over 300,000,000 people that's 2000 miles across needs a government to be involved in more than "defense and defense only".
So - You've lost that bet.
Luckily, there are people smarter than you in charge.
I'm a Western State with lots of coal. Lots of my citizens are employed mining coal. Lots of my citizens are employed by power plants that use cheap coal. The citizens of this state love the low power rates that cheap coal provides. Power intensive industries flock to my state and employee lots of my citizens.
My primary responsibility is to my citizens and the industries that reside in my state that employ my citizens.
It's just too bad that so many of you other states happen to live down wind, not much I can do about that because my State's Rights trump a strong federal government. Did I mention that one of our most profitable manufacturers makes an excellent on breathing masks.