The issue with solving public problems is mainly the struggle in figuring out what will truly benefit the public and how will they receive it. Often, some policies may be useful to us as a community, and we’re not always open-minded enough to give them a chance. Especially when it comes to sensitive subjects such as poverty, healthcare, the environment, and education. The best level of government to handle these matters would most likely be the state. Federal Government implements the President, and as far as dating back to President Ronald Regan Republicans, Conservatives, Democrats, and Liberals have done nothing but push us as a nation further back.
There has been a slight success, for example, President Regan encouraged states to use to form an experiment that forced welfare recipients to find better jobs so they could afford to be on welfare. Those who paid child support were forced; to find jobs that paid more so they could keep up with their increased payments.
Wisconsin is one of the central states that took advantage of this recommendation from President Regan. The decision didn’t benefit you if you weren’t qualified for higher positions. Which meant your welfare was cut short until you received training for a better job. That meant food was taken out of you and your family’s mouths; because you didn’t meet the new welfare standards. Then we get to the matter of healthcare, here’s why states should be in charge. Although, Medicaid funding protected states in the 1980s.
Some states fought for healthcare to start including children; this began a domino effect because then states like Massachusetts and Oregon, ‘sought a Medicaid waiver as part of its ambitious Massachusetts Health Security Act of 1988, and Oregon sought a waiver in the Oregon Health Plan of 1989.’ Even though both were initially denied by President George H.W. Bush, later they were approved by the Clinton administration. It prompted President Clinton to get his administration to support the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. So in a way, it was a milestone for a reason we as children were able o go to the doctor and get the care we needed without our parents going into debt. So that’s another point for the state being a better level of government.
As far as education goes, I could think of a million reasons why it should be left up to the states. For one the federal government puts pressure on states to meet a specific standard through test scores for them to receive the funding they need. Which, puts influences not only students but teachers as well. With states knowing precisely, what their school systems’ strengths and weaknesses are I feel that gives them a better understanding of where funding should go and what changes should be made that will benefit not just for today but in the long run. And lastly, we have environmental protection which let’s face it has to be one of the most neglected. Although, EPA Director Anne Gorsuch did grant states the power to enforce things like air quality and hazardous waste. That’s honestly not giving them much to work with if there are no proper guidelines and funding. See giving states power is one thing but then forcing them to cut certain things off to prioritize others isn’t fair especially if you know all are equally important and there’s plenty of money in the federal grant budget. I think if the state presented a proper portfolio and strategy on how to improve environmental protection it should be granted more power and also more funding. That way they’re able to fix the pollution and do something to prepare for climate change.