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A Federal Case

July 8, 2011


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Don’t Make a FEDERAL Case Out of It

Whenever I was a little boy growing up in Detroit and someone tried to make a mountain out of a molehill, in our pre-adolescent lives, someone else from the play group would frequently mutter- “Don’t make a FEDERAL case of it!” and that would pretty much be the end of it.  That was a long time ago, in a place far, far away.  Today, it seems, everything is a federal case.

I would like to see *don’t make a federal case of it* make a comeback.  Wouldn’t it be nice to hear little kids playing on the street saying that?  Instead of that sissy-sounding *whatever*, perhaps *don’t make a federal case out of it* could step right in there.  Or, as an alternative to *I knowright* (punctuation intentionally omitted) that seems ultra popular, people might start to re-recognize that every minute little problem in the world is NOT a federal case, or even an issue that the knuckleheads in warshington ought to concern themselves with.

It seems to me that the items that the *federal cases* ought to include are few, and specific and perhaps even written down somewhere.  It also occurred to me that the problems (challenges?) that we recognize on a daily basis, those are many and varied, and they need to be tackled on an individual basis.  On a personal basis.

Just because you stubbed your toe on the leg of a chair doesn’t mean we need a new federal law forcing chair manufacturers to redesign their products.  In other words, perhaps the solutions to many of our issues can be solved right here in our own little neighborhoods.  Don’t make a federal case out of it.

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