The New York Times’ Vision for America: Limitless Federal Power and the End of State Sovereignty

maharrey-limit-itselfBy Shane Trejo

Once again, the New York Times has published an editorial attacking constitutional principles. This time, it calls for the virtual dissolution of the Republic.

The reasoning behind this assertion? That the government is too small.

Parag Khanna wrote an op-ed article in the May 30 edition of the Times suggesting a dissolution of the states because of “an antiquated political structure of 50 distinct states” holds back the grand fantasies of central planners in Washington D.C. It reads, in part:

The problem is that while the economic reality goes one way, the 50-state model means that federal and state resources are concentrated in a state capital — often a small, isolated city itself — and allocated with little sense of the larger whole. Not only does this keep back our largest cities, but smaller American cities are increasingly cut off from the national agenda, destined to become low-cost immigrant and retirement colonies, or simply to be abandoned…

Washington currently provides minimal support for regional economic efforts and strategies; it needs to go much further, even at the risk of upsetting established federal-state political balances. A national infrastructure bank, if it ever gets off the ground, should have as part of its charter an obligation to ignore state lines when weighing projects to support.

Khanna doesn’t seem to have any concept or regard for decentralized government, or the danger of consolidated power in the hands of a few powerful people. Those are just pesky little obstacles that need to be overcome while pressing toward the goal of “national greatness” achieved through new federal banking apparatuses, more spending binges, and power further centralized in Washington D.C.

Although Khanna may be correct that our nation’s infrastructure is dismal, there is simply no money left to fix it. The federal government blew through nearly $20 trillion while neglecting infrastructure. Even if the feds were to spend more taxpayer dollars to supposedly fix infrastructure, history dictates that they would not do any better of a job allocating those funds than they did with the previous $20 trillion.

Unfortunately, though, this is the mindset that is dominant among the political class and its backers.

The bad news for Khanna is that the public is starting to reject what he is selling. Distrust of the federal government is near all-time highs, something which has become a long-lasting trend. This makes it less likely for centralizers like Khanna to rally public opinion behind lofty fantasies about massive infrastructure projects and the elimination of state sovereignty, regardless of what is published in the New York Times.

On a positive note, the time-tested American principle of decentralization is starting to catch on again. In larger numbers, people are getting sick of the federal government’s heavy-handed nature, and want the power to returned home. States and people are more than equipped to handle their own infrastructure without bringing unaccountable Washington D.C. bureaucrats into the equation. If the momentum continues and gets firmly behind local control, Khanna’s prescriptions will never get off the ground.

Shane Trejo writes for The Tenth Amendment Center, where this article first appeared.

  • colinjames71

    Couldn’t/wouldn’t infrastructure costs be offset by the crapload of jobs though? Gotta be ways to finance what is necessary, just gonna all break down and need fixing anyway yeah? I don’t know just asking really.

  • littljo

    …and I was hoping the Usurped States would all succeed.
    Hey NY How about an expose on
    TAXATION is THEFT.
    USURY is THEFT.
    END the FED and all zentral banks.
    Abolish these 3 and a thousand years of peace will commence.

  • MM59

    road construction and other infrastructure costs have ballooned partially because of all the surveillance technology that has been added for Big Brother and “connected” vehicles.
    DOT is poised to mandate two way spy radios in every car.
    End this nonsense and you have enough funds for infrastrusture.

  • weedeater39

    I believe that the NYT is no longer in touch with the 99% and is the mixer of the kool-aid. A dinosaur attempting to placate the masses with whom they are sorely out of touch and regard us as so much cannon fodder. A rather despicable publication who is loath to hire editors, reporters and other newsmakers that have any talent at all for critical thinking or those that eschew the kool aid;.
    I’ve gone on for far to long. Cheers! The world won’t end tomorrow!

  • nimbii

    My uncle used to say “Don’t expect mice to close down a cheese factory.”

    ALSO: They NYT owner is a Mexican telecom mogul and who elected him to anything?

    The NYT is dying and being as outrageous as they can print to sell papers.

  • cellaphaneman

    Gotta enjoy these comments – all are spot on.
    The NYT is another kontrolled zionists MSM rag.

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