74 is right. Step one is where States and communities become dependent upon federal funding. Step two is when the feds then start to micromanage the States and communities to fit the then current political agenda. This is not a Democrat vs Republican thing. Both parties have worked for decades to make the country dependent upon federal funding. Monday night was Town Meeting here and even in my little town of 2,000 people federal funding came up several times in the meeting in explanations of various budgets.