Isn't that an Oxymoron, effective government? Mmmm.... Keep your government small, keep them close so you can watch them, keep them accountable, and limit what government gets to do. The bigger governmetn gets the more liberties you loose, the less effectivity you get, the more corruption you get. Regionalism is a violates the basic principles of an effective government and the basic principles. Simply study some history, study governments around the world, and you will discover what works. But we are blessed because our founding fathers did that. And they devised the ONLY approach that really works. Why would we want to change that? The best government is a constrained government. You want effective delivery of service? Let free enterprise, capitalism, and competition work. Look at the disaster Cleveland is becoming. Consider the transition over time. The larger and more complex the bureaucracy the worse things have gotten. Really, banning transfats, cameras at intersections, zoning and regulation that chases business out of town --- fascism on display. It ain't getting better until it gets bad enough for folks to get back reality.