Of course they are playing a game with no integrity. That has been the course of their whole careers and apparently the scams have paid off well. Integrity and honor don’t count in their court. State and local governments could pick up the slack by taxing the wealthy for services initiated and provided for by state and local government. Maybe the federal government does need to get out of a lot of stuff. I have no doubt that they are going to try and hurt the middle class and low income classes to the benefit of the rich. Their schemes can be subverted but it will take strong and direct action from the state and local governments. Cities and counties can create their own food stamp, housing programs, health programs and tax those who have the resources to pay for it. Of course people will suffer in places like Texas, Alabama and the other parts of the old confederacy. Maybe its time to help people leave those places and take their labor with them. The federal government does not seem to operate at the will of the people.
Can we make the local and state politicians more responsive? I think so - they are closer to us than those that leave us and move into a Washington zone disconnected from the rest of the country. I think centralization is usually a bad thing - too much power in one place and that needs to be ended. In fact, I recommend that all federal income taxes are filed by the states (50 federal income tax filings) and the state gets the money from local governments which is where individual taxes should be filed and the funds go to pay for local schools and other services first before sending on to the state. I think this would give a lot more power with the federal government to the people through their state and local governments.
Of course, we need to make sure they don’t try to steal all of the money they have collected from social security/medicare and other things the centralized government has control over.