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Opening Arguments

Local control

A Muncie Star Press editorial takes a commendable position on local government spending in tough economic times -- "Nothing should be sacred where tax dollars are concerned" -- but frames the argument in an odd sort of way:

Whether one agrees with the tax caps or not, what they did was put the onus on local government and its citizens to make the decisions that are best for them. That's called local control, which in most cases, is always the best policy.

So the state drastically limits communities' money supply, forcing them to make decisions that are "best for them," and that is "local control"? Only if you believe that a child told he gets no supper unless his room is cleaned is in control of his room. True local control would mean community officials get to make all the decisions, including what to fund and how to fund it. And local residents get to kick them out of office