I can't help but think of this movie scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VJHy_mfLFk
Impose a 7% national sales tax, payable to the federal government. At the same time, prohibit states and localities from collecting their own sales taxes.
From what I read in a separate discussion, that would give the federal government even more power to strong-arm the states. eg. if you don't do what the fed wants, you don't get your tax money.
"An Orlando, Florida, airport official wants to join the small group of U.S. airports who use a private company to screen passengers instead of the Transportation Security Administration."
Im using the word the way Brian Ford defined it: take the idea, but make it your own. Dont just copy it; be inspired by it, and improve upon it.
You've been Berkeley'ed!