Originally Posted by Liebling:-)))
I am trying to understand why federal government let local governments to rule their states themselves whom they have no money enough to support emergencies like hurriances, flood, explosive, or rebuild to protect etc. I google to find out how difference between federal and local government.
The United States of America is not really a country as you may think of it like Germany being a country (Land) with 16 states (Lšndern). USA is more like the European Union, with the government in Brussels governing over all of Europe, but each country still has their own laws.
In 1700s, it was not a country, but the colonies which consisted of separate colonies under the English rule. Each colony had their own laws, government and economy. When the war ended in 1770s, the colonies decided to unite together under a weak central government under the "Articles of Confederation." It gave each state a lot of powers.
Fast forward to 1789, the constitution was written, and the states united together again under the current Federal government system. The federal goverment really only decides on the most important issues and leave the rest to the states to decide for themselves. Every state has different laws, government system and so on. The Federal Government has only enacted quite a few, but powerful laws under the Amendments to the Bills of the Rights, such as voting rights, womens rights, civil rights, rights for the disabled, etc...
This is similar to what the European Union is right now. Imagine Germany asking Brussels to give some money for some natural disasters? I hope this clarifies some uncertainities about how the US government works.