VERSAILLES — Ohio Rep. Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield) and U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Troy) met for a Q&A panel at the Versailles High School Friday to discuss the legislative branch and federalism with the juniors and seniors.
Rep. Davidson started the Q&A off with a brief overview of the history of America’s legislature and how it came to be what it is today starting with breaking off from the British reign.
“The purpose of the government was to protect people from other people and from other’s imposing their will or limiting their rights, and while we needed the government to do some of that, we wanted the government to be limited,” Davidson said.
He stated the legislative branch was created as a way to limit government power as members can be voted out every few years. He continues to talk about the compromises the government faced in order to ensure fairness before Rep. Manchester spoke up.
Manchester expanded on the ideals of Federalism. She stated no one really paid attention to state legislatures until COVID hit.
“There came a lot of attention around what the governor was doing, how the legislature was responding, and what were the governors orders versus the laws that we made,” Manchester said. “I think you guys learning about Federalism, meaning the separation between what the Federal government does versus what the State government does has been highlighted in so many ways.
Lucas Stammen continued the Q&A by asking Davidson about his plans to reduce debt in America. Davidson explained how the government cannot just spend money it does not have.
“Even though it seems like we are getting away with that right now, it’s largely what is happening to inflation. The government didn’t have money, the federal reserve kind of created it and said they will pay it back in the future, but no one really lent us the money,” Davidson said.
He continued by saying the issue is….
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