What I don't see is the real alternative. Using data from the first paragraphs of the article:
Originally Posted by chicagotribune
No more Department of Education. No more Federal Reserve Bank. No more Medicare or Medicaid. No more membership in the United Nations or NATO. No more federal drug laws. And, no more U.S. troops in Iraq -- or anywhere else on foreign soil.
The Internal Revenue Service would be history...
While the platform says it would move to the States to address, that only MOVES taxes, does not remove them. It makes 50 bureaucracies to address many issues. While some things can be pushed down to the States level, Addressing our current debt cannot.
If you remove the current IRS and it's infrastructure, who is going to address the current $9Trillion National Debt? While it may be cool to say China can eat their 13% but many folks with Savings Bonds and T-Notes might be less likely to enjoy that. Without an IRS, we now have 50 Treasuries who may or may not pay into a national fund to pay the National Debt.
Infrastructure. Who pays for the Roads, Airports, Air Traffic Control Systems, Customs? Without an IRS there does not seem to be a collection source from which to draw funds.
Ah, the States. Now if each state continues its current philosophy of "winging it" but this time with everyone's health as an example, you are going to end up with some states that have good Medicare systems for retired folks suddenly being swamped by retirees who have shopped states for the best medical care. So good Medicare State will now be OVERBURDENED with fiscal requirements to its taxpayers and who will it go to for assistance? Or will we also have new citizenship requirements to keep people from retiring in its state?
While I truly disagree with the efficiencies of our Federal Government, I can't even imagine the myriad of levels of inefficiency that would be brought to bear with 50 separate governments trying to take over the level of Revenue and Bureaucratic requirements that this decentralization would demand. Sounds really good chatting about it in the den. Execution would be an Fn nightmare on every level.