Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Let's make job of president doable again

Published: Sunday, June 15 2008 12:00 a.m. MDT

They're dead wrong. It is precisely the Information Age, the Internet Age, that could enable a new, golden age of federalism. Today, states and local governments can operate in an intelligent network, collaborating, cooperating, adopting "best practices," creating an upward spiral in competency, improved management and delivery of services. They can adopt standards and pass model legislation to provide needed consistency for multistate businesses. With the amazing power of networking and advanced tools of technology, states can fulfill Justice Louis Brandeis' vision as "laboratories of democracy." Most breakthroughs in governance are already coming from the states. Could such innovation, creativity and energy ever be spawned by the top-down, mainframe dinosaur that is Washington?

Balanced federalism can actually perform better in the age of Google and Facebook than it did 200 years ago.

It is highly disappointing to me that politicians, as they make promises and grapple with the nation's problems, fail to even acknowledge what to me is the best and most obvious approach to confront the nation's challenges: restore balanced federalism so the job description of president becomes doable again.

Republican LaVarr Webb is a political consultant and lobbyist. Previously he was policy deputy to Gov. Mike Leavitt and a Deseret News managing editor. E-mail: lwebb@exoro.com. Democrat Frank Pignanelli is Salt Lake attorney, lobbyist and political adviser. Pignanelli served 10 years in the Utah House of Representatives, six years as House minority leader. E-mail: frankp@xmission.com.

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