Local vs. State vs. National Politics?

United States
November 4, 2008 8:30pm CST
I started to think about this today and was paying attention to the election results for my state. Seeing who will win the state senate and representative seats, along with local election results. Which is most important for our everyday lives? Local, State, or National level politics? All have influence, but the local level decides a lot of what goes on right around us, right? And people never seem too interested in my communities about those races. Just curious what you think.
1 response
• United States
5 Nov 08
I guess it all depends on the way you look at things. While local and state politics are very important and probably effect most people more than federal politics, there are some exceptions. A state law is something you will deal with on a day to day basis such as a posted speed limit. This will effect you every time you get behind the wheel of your car. A local issue may have to do with the zoning ordinances in your city or township which may prevent you from putting up that new fence you would like to install or possibly more funding for your local school district. Federal laws on the other hand which we may not tend to pay much attention to, probably effect us the greatest, but possibly not the most often. A federal law or regulation could be anything from the taxes that you pay like social security, federal income tax, etc all the way to a nationally subsidised health plan. While all of these are important, I think they just effect us all differently and at different time. I do agree that local politics effect a lot of what happens right around us, but I think in the long run, the state and federal laws do as well.