|Councilman Fabian Bedne|
Unfortunately, the subsequent (and huge) accumulation of power and wealth in the capitol city of Buenos Aires occurred at the expense of Argentina’s various provinces and cities. This ultimately created a situation where approximately 50% of Argentina’s 40 million inhabitants now live in or around the federal capital of the country. Though Buenos Aires itself enjoys most benefits and comforts of a modern city, if you drive 100 miles out you will find many little towns with open sewage and unpaved roads. Recently Argentina has realized the negative impact of this and has been working at making adjustments.
The preferred pastime of the Argentines is to try and figure out why a country like Argentina, which was the 8th wealthiest country 100 years ago, is now so far behind. They like to compare their country to the USA and ponder the stark differences. They just can’t figure out the why the differences are so dramatic.
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I understand why some of our State Legislators say that the conversation about the proper balance of power is only between the states and the federal government. But by limiting the conversation to only those two levels of government however, they take a huge risk. Our system works because somehow we have managed to spread out power. To try and concentrate power in this way, all in the name of uniformity, is a very dangerous path that, as I described above, will have a very negative impact on our local communities. Cities across Tennessee have declared concern for legislations that will limit the ability of local officials to do what they were voted into office to accomplish.
Uniformity, when taken to extremes, is what you will find in countries like Cuba or Iran. We benefit every day by empowering local communities to make local decisions. Let’s remember that the water across America is safe to drink and there is a reason for that. Local government makes this and other things possible which should never be taken for granted.
Fabian Bedne represents District 31 on the Metro Council.