They're not religious text, they're LAW. That's one of the prime foundations of our civilized existence, you know, rule of law. You don't get to run around selectively re-interpreting things because it's convenient for your political agenda. The founders left legitimate ways to change the constitution, and other laws, and either you do that, or it's not legitimate. It's as simple as that. It's not up to your imagination.
Regardless of how forward thinking you feel the authors were, they had no concept of how to manage a society hundreds of millions of people in a world filled with 6 billion people.
I'd argue that federalism is even more relevent today because of the far greater diversity and population, and size of the nation. The stakes are way higher too. We can't afford to experiment with social programs on a nationwide level, the individual states are ideal laboratories.
If you're engineering a new system, you don't go throw it on the production server without testing it, you dogfood it locally first at least.
We need to make a decision, as a society, what we want to do with people who suck at life acutely or chronically. If the decision is to say 'screw em', then I'll accept that. If the decision is to try and help them, then I'll accept that. We need to make this decision, however, because the constant back and forth over it is counterproductive.
IMO change to laws should happen through a stable consensus and republican means. The fact things go back and forth is because there is no consensus. It's counterproductive sure, but what do you think is going to happen when you try to impose top-down social programs at a national level, waste is a given.
If you're so frustrated with the progress, have you ever thought that maybe it's because the federal government is actually not the appropiate place for these programs?
And this bull-sh*t where we play games trying to starve the beast only ends up hurting the people who actually need the help.
No idea what this is supposed to mean, people get their entitlement checks regardless of whether it adds to the debt or not.