America would be better off if it reduced the size of the federal government and returned more powers to the state, Rep. Ron Paul has said.
Answering readers’ question in the New York Times, the congressman described how he believes the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution is not currently being honored.
This amendment states that "the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Paul wrote that if he were in charge, he would "look to phase out entire departments and return these functions to the states – as the Constitution intended."
The Department of Education and the Department of Energy are wasteful in the way they spend taxpayers’ money and should be eliminated entirely, he suggested.
"Teachers, parents, and local community leaders should be making decisions about exactly how our children should be taught, not Washington bureaucrats," Paul said, explaining why he does not support the existence of the Department of Education.
Earlier this week, Paul wrote an editorial on CNN.com claiming that the GOP was no longer a party that supported shrinking government, but rather sought to expand its power.