But why can't a Californian state government be as huge as they want and you can live there and be "protected from the oligarchy"?
They could, but at that point they may as well be their own country. Once you break down the federal government and make it useless, you essentially destroy america. You no longer have 1 country, you have 50 countries.
Conservatives don't want your huge spending programs and tax hikes. Why should you force your will on us?
If the majority of americans feel that way they are free to vote for that. However if they got their way and tore down the federal government, then no one would get to vote for anything any more.
If you want the government taking care of you from cradle to grave, that is a perfectly fine position.
I'm glad you approve. The federal government exists to protect and provide services to it's people.
I want to keep what I earn and make a living for myself with the government not limiting my freedom.
You prefer to have unelected CEOs of multinational corporations limit your freedom. I know. As I said, that would be much, much worse.
And Britain is leaving because it isn't benefiting from the relationship.
It is benefiting. However a prolonged propaganda campaign has convinced people otherwise.
Sure, they had the choice to join, but now they are realizing that the EU is able to force them to take actions that adversely affect their country.
I have yet to really hear of any examples of this though. The ones that typically get pointed to are UK laws, not EU laws. For example right wing idiots like to say that the EU banned using news papers to hold fish and chips. But that was the UK that did that because newspapers are full of poison. They also claimed the EU tried to ban a specific kind of potato chip, which was just a lie.
The EU is a cop out, easy answer to problems that would better be solved by individual pieces of legislation negotiated between countries.
The EU is exactly what you said would be a good thing, independent countries working together. It is a body that negotiates legislation between countries. You are describing the EU as something that would be better than the EU. it is kind of funny.