A Return to Federalism?

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A “federalist revolution” is percolating at all levels of government as power at the federal and state levels continue to expand to take revenues from local governments and families. The most recent state budget agreement will grab more local dollars and send them on a one way trip to Sacramento. Next is the financial power grab of the federal government over private healthcare. Federalism is the constitutional division of powers between the national and state governments, but it’s principles reach down to you and I. The framers of the Constitution wanted a strong national government with strict limits as to its reach into our lives and our wallets. Thus the 10th amendment stated that unless a power was constitutionally “enumerated” it would be “reserved to the states respectively, or to the PEOPLE. Over the years Washington and Sacramento have become very proficient at mandates on everything from education to healthcare and welfare. Frequently, these social mandates come wi thout any money to pay for them. Worse yet there is funding, but it goes first through the hands of government workers at all levels and then back to the people resulting in fewer dollars to those that need it. I have a novel idea. Let’s live by the Constitution and get the Federal and State Governments back to their proper roles. Thomas Jefferson put it this way. “The people, to whom all authority belongs, have divided the powers of government into two distinct departments[i.e.,the national and state governments], the leading [characteristics]of which are foreign and domestic...These they have made coordinate, checking and balancing each other, each equally supreme as to the powers delegated to itself.” Thus we see several states now passing resolutions of sovereignty and demanding Washington stop usurping their authority. We will soon see local government doing the same as the state attempts to bridge it’s deficit on the backs of our local revenues. Jefferson warned “When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated. We need to enjoin our leaders at all levels of government to STOP encroaching in areas they have no authority to do so and keep as much freedom in the hand of the people and at the local level. Dean Forman, Meadow Vista