Republicans believe in small limited federal government. The strongest government should be the one closest to you. This way those who live near you can be held accountable. The Federal government is too far from you to be held responsible for their actions or lack thereof. To put this bluntly, Your highest rate of taxation should be coming from your municipality or county government. The Federal government should be just there to defend the country and maintain the Interstate Highway system as well as handle disputes between states and make treaties and trade agreements with foreign countries... Republicans don't act very republican. They spent tons of cash they shouldn't have even had in the first place. Any social engineering project should be created at the local level. This would ensure that the money would go to the right places and there are not too many hands touching the dollars meant to do good things. Instead we have chosen a one size fits all approach. This doesn't work very well. Every town and or county is different and they should have the power to decide what they do about the most needy among them. Notice I haven't mentioned the States? Here we go. The state should also be less powerful than the local. They should be in charge of the enforcement of laws against the states like murder and rape etc. and they should maintain state highways and infrastructure like water and sewage treatment. Education should fall to the county level. All other laws should be local. Your local politician is much more likely to be run out of town than a sitting Senator or state Assemblyman. To put it bluntly, our system has been flipped upside down. We no longer can light our torches and carry our pitchforks to the town hall and demand justice. We are living under a tyrannical, bloated bureau of fat cat promise breakers.