During all of last nights debate Mitt Romney aggressively tried to prove that he had real plans.
1. Tax cuts
2. Balance the budget
3. Repeal Obamacare
4. Strong on education
What was the overriding theme of these topics? "Send stuff back to the states."
That is what Obama's message, our message needs to become. Yea, you can send everything back to the states, cut taxes, and cut spending. What happens if you do that? The states become the tax hiker. And who pays for the tax hike? We do. Romney insisted that he liked Romneycare because it was for a state...and would work in other states. Well, the red states aren't going to be instituting Romneycare and if blue states do...taxes will go up. If you withdraw federal funding from schools state and local govts will have to cover the revenue gap by raising taxes. Those idiots who think a federal tax cut is great...what happens when their local taxes double or triple? Many states are already financially strapped or financially fucked. Many states have idiotic tax laws that make it harder than hell to raise revenue. If you slash federal spending you put an undue burden on the states to pick up the slack. At some point the house of cards begins to fall.
Which is what the corporatist wants. If you slash fed spending, states are crushed in new debt...and then the corporations step in and coo: "We think we can help. We'll take over the schools and the prisons. But to make it economically feasible we're going to need to demand massive tax breaks as well as have complete autonomy in the scope of doing business, ie a greenlight to impose levies to bring schools up to modern building codes, the ability to build whatever we need to build without having to go through the normal building and planning process (so, if we want to build a maximum security prison in wetlands that are home to twenty endangered species of bird...we can.) We also wouldn't mind taking over state and federal highways. Of course we'll have to charge a fee for each vehicle's use of our highway...and we'll need some tax exemptions and subsidization but it would be a net gain for the state."
States are going to bear the brunt of the Romney budget. Theoretically he can do what he promises on a federal level...but at some point someone has to pick up the tab for the revenue gap...and it ain't gonna be the 1%.