• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Morning Bell: The End of Federalism

    Addressing Congress on the State of the Union, President Ronald Reagan told the American people in 1982:

    Our citizens feel they’ve lost control of even the most basic decisions made about the essential services of government, such as schools, welfare, roads, and even garbage collection. And they’re right. A maze of interlocking jurisdictions and levels of government confronts average citizens in trying to solve even the simplest of problems. They don’t know where to turn for answers, who to hold accountable, who to praise, who to blame, who to vote for or against. The main reason for this is the overpowering growth of Federal grants-in-aid programs during the past few decades.

    Reagan not only talked about reviving federalism … he did it. Under President Jimmy Carter the percentage of state expenditures coming from federal funds rose to 35.4%. Reagan lowered that number to 24.9%. Unfortunately, under President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President George Bush that number shot up again; reaching 42.5% in 2005. But now with President Barack Obama in power, wielding his $787 billion stimulus package, state dependency on the federal government has reached a historic new height. USA Today reports: “In a historic first, Uncle Sam has supplanted sales, property and income taxes as the biggest source of revenue for state and local governments.”

    Contrary to what the USA Today goes on to suggest, there is nothing temporary about the upsetting of the “traditional balance of how states” and other localities pay for their operations. Since the last great leftist project, the Great Society, the states have steadily become more and more dependent on Washington, D.C. Only Reagan managed to reverse this trend.

    The costs of the loss of federalism to the American people are real. As Reagan outlined above federal aid to states blurs the lines of government accountability, making it easy for politicians to sneak in government-growing legislation and hard for voters to hold those politicians accountable. Moreover, as states become more dependent on federal funding, they begin to lose their ability to set priorities and make policy decisions that are best-suited to their specific needs. Finally, sending money to Washington, only so that it can later come back to the states, creates a fiscal detour of inefficiency and inequity.

    A Leviathan-sized federal government able to dictate state policies through power of the purse is not what the Founders had in mind. As Reagan said in his first inaugural address: “All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government.”

    Quick Hits:

    Posted in First Principles [slideshow_deploy]

    41 Responses to Morning Bell: The End of Federalism

    1. MAS1916 - Denver, CO says:

      Interesting that the defection of Senator Specter should take place at this time. The public has given Democrats the chance to run things and Specter has thrown in with them. However, the public is going to understand that the economy is not improving under expansive government and will hold Democrats accountable. Specter jumped on the ship that was riding the wave. Will he jump back when it looks like it is sinking?

      Grants in aid have indeed created an incredible tangle, but the public should be able to understand – especially when Democrats control the entire apparatus of the federal government.

      As far as costs becoming real, Obama's middle class tax hike in the form of inflation will be huge. And it should hit just in time for the 2010 elections.

      http://firstconservative.com/blog/top-ten/why-the

    2. Gerald Davey says:

      The power to levy personal income taxes must be taken away from the Federal Government and given to the states!

      Think about what this would do for the economics of our county. It would increase financial stability. It would increase creativity and innovation. The states with good ideas and good fiscal management would compel other states to implement healthy policies. Centralized power is the bane of innovation and liberty.

      This idea needs to advanced now and promoted continually for as many years as it takes to get it implemented. Article V of the constitution is the vehicle to get it done.

    3. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      The REAL problem is the GOP,

      and the Haters – Posting BS like this.

      The Govt is NOT our enemy.

      What would YOUR Town be like

      WITHOUT TRAFFIC LIGHTS.

      ====

      Addressing Congress on the State of the Union, President Ronald Reagan told the American people in 1982:

      "Our citizens feel they’ve lost control of even the most basic decisions made about the essential services of government, such as schools,

      welfare,

      roads, and

      even garbage collection.

      And they’re right.

      A maze of interlocking jurisdictions and levels of government confronts average citizens in trying to solve even the simplest of problems.

      They don’t know where to turn for answers,

      who to hold accountable,

      who to praise,

      who to blame,

      who to vote for

      or against.

      The main reason for this is the overpowering growth of

      Federal grants-in-aid programs during the past few decades."

    4. Larry Townley says:

      Funny how the stimupork package is set to start doling out large sums of cash just in time for the 2012 election, I am sure it is just a coincidence. These people who elected Mr.Obama in the first place are sure to set the dems up in Washington in 2010 with a super majority,when they screw things up even more they (the dems) will still blame Mr. Bush for it. tax hikes are coming regardless of if you are employed or not, there is no way that the government can send out this much cash without them.

      Of course to misquote the movie Galaxy Quest "Obama will save us".

    5. David, Wisconsin says:

      At what point does the federal government, using the same methods and justifications as they have in taking over the banking and auto industries, assume direct control over the states.

    6. Larry Townley says:

      To Ken Jarvis,

      You allude that the GOP are haters, but just a small off topic question to you sir; Who is that is attacking with hate speech Miss California? Who is on radio that called the last administration the Bush crime family? Who called the last administration many names that would make the saltiest sailor blush?

      I can not believe the hateful rhetoric that both sides spew, however, as Listen to both conservative and "progressive" talk radio I find the most hateful speech comes from those on the "progressive" side.

    7. Steve, Michigan says:

      The Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution makes it clear that the default is power resides with the states and the people, not the federal government. We are all to blame for allowing our pet projects and base fears to overcome the structure our founders put into place, and there is nothing new in this. It never has been a question of being without traffic lights, it's about who controls them. How many people even know that our founders set it up so that US senators were elected by state legislatures, not directly by the people? In a populist surge, we changed that by amending the Constitution, without really coming to terms with the fact that we had just removed a major part of state power. In the Depression, we allowed our fears of economic collapse to grant unprecedented power to the federal government, all the while ignoring the reality that the federal response hobbled, rather than promoted, a recovery (things like forced cartel pricing and protectionism). A compliant Supreme Court went along with the notion that there are no real limits to federal power. In large measure, it still follows that made up notion, always in response to some "necessity" that we, the people, feel. In reality, the government has become a substitute savior, faith in which is demanded by the statists and, all too often, by most everyone. When are we going to demand better? When are we going to wake up to the corrosive and debilitating reality of this new religion? When are we going to give up our short term grasping for government fixes in favor of principled decision making in the ballot box? I fear that it will be when it is too late.

    8. Ben C, Ann Arbor, MI says:

      It is the entitlements and government give away programs that are the problem – not the traffic lights. We all agree that civilizations need rules to live in order to survive. Somalia is an expample of what happens without a government. For those that embrace socialism I suggest moving to a socialist country and not try to change our country. Canada would be a good start for the Ken's of the world to taste government sponsored health care. Or, how about a bankrupt Iceland?

    9. Marsha, Wheeling WV says:

      Oh come on traffic lights. That is a state/city issue not a federal issue. I understand your pain and their ignorance.

      You would have state taxes to do that or town taxes to fix those traffic lights.

      Keep the government where the people can see their representatives and boot them out as needed. Someone very famous (don’t remember who) said something like this, the only good elected representative is the representative whose desk you can sit on and talk to or have lunch with in your town. I fully agree, because he or she has to look at you directly and look at your kids as they make decisions. They live next door and will feel your pain. Repeal the 17th amendment and put the Senator back to a Representative Senate. Direct vote isn't working

      A central government is not the answer and the founders warned against it. I agree with Using article V of the constitution. It is time to get rid of the illegal departments in Washington. Interstate commerce does not mean a traffic light in your town. Highways between states yes.

      We need to educate America since the schools are not doing it. We have let Socialists run the schools too many years. Civics is no longer taught in most schools. That is another problem. Schools, they should be state funded and state and/or local run. Not federally run and funded.

      Grass Roots movement using the articles of the Constitution is the way to bring back federalism and is the way to go.

    10. Dwana Townsend says:

      I think everyone could use a history lesson or two, especially regarding our individual rights and the very reason the Bill of Rights, and our Constitution were created. Many people fled from English rule for a good reason. Freedom of religion was among them. The leadership of England at the time was overpowering the rights of individual freedom.

      The Virginia Declaration of Rights, well-known to Madison, had already been a strong influence on the American Revolution ("all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people …";[20] also "a majority of the community hath an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter or abolish [the government]"). It had shaped the drafting of the United States Declaration of Independence a decade before the drafting of the Constitution, proclaiming that "all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights of which … [they cannot divest;] namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety."[21] On a practical level, its recommendations of a government with a separation of powers (Articles 5–6) and "frequent, certain, and regular"[22] elections of executives and legislators were incorporated into the United States Constitution — but the bulk of this work addresses the rights of the people and restrictions on the powers of government, and is recognizable in the modern Bill of Rights:

      The government should not have the power of suspending or executing laws, "without consent of the representatives of the people,".[23] A legal defendant has the right to be "confronted with the accusers and witnesses, to call for evidence in his favor, and to a speedy trial by an impartial jury of his vicinage," and may not be "compelled to give evidence against himself."[24] Individuals should be protected against "cruel and unusual punishments",[25] baseless search and seizure,[26] and be guaranteed a trial by jury.[27] The government should not abridge freedom of the press,[28] or freedom of religion ("all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion").[29] The government should be enjoined against maintaining a standing army rather than a "well regulated militia".[30]

      The question now is are we going to give up our individual rights, will the states give up their sovereignty. Under our Constitution we as individuals are sovereign as well as the states and WE as well at the STATES should be the ones in power over the government, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. WHAT'S IT GONNA TAKE TO GET THIS ADMINISTRATION TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY WORK FOR US.

    11. Dwana Townsend says:

      Aren't you all angry that they laughed at the Tea Party Protests?? Who is the arrogant one. I sure hope more people wake up and rise to the occassion. Do what you can, write your representatives, join a protest, vote.

    12. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      To Ken Jarvis, the ones who preach hate and racism are not the GOP or the Conservative, but your own Democrat Left! It is They who put people into categories, They who scream and loose their tempers when confronted, They who stamp their feet (literally) on the Senate floor and demand, demand, demand. It's time you look in the mirror and see what you have created, Mr. Jarvis! All we seek is a return to the Constitution, Federalism and the Republic of the United States of America.

      Peace

    13. Anthony Scarano, Bro says:

      Is there any politician known out there that has the same mind set as Ronald Reagan ? If so please enter the goverment arena , ASAP.

      If the people of this country are truly fed up with the present goverment officials , then show it at the polls.

      Even though the republicans have been villified , There must be enough people out there both Republican and Independent who can come together to begin voting into office people who are willing to serve their country. People who are there for the people of the United States.

      THE ONLY WAY TO CHANGE the present policies and the newly proposed ones , is to change the politicians currently in office.

      We now have a president who governs by the polls ,

      If he proposes something and the polls rise ,then it is OK to push it through.

      The problem with this is that the polls are ONE sided and DO NOT SHOW what real americans think and feel !

      Our current set of politicians like to believe they are now in office for life.

      This is the biggest mistake that the american PEOPLE have allowed to happen.

      If republicans and independents come together and begin to vote out a dozen or so congress members and change a hand full of senators , and if this is done immediatly at every up coming election ,

      then maybe our goverment officials will take notice that if they continue on their present course of obligatory cooperation with the white house their days will be numbered.

      To all americans , DO NOT ALLOW THIS COUNTRY TO BECOME A ONE PARTY GOVERMENT !

      This would not be a democracy , nor a republic if we allow a democrat only goverment.

      Right now if you want change write to your congressmen and senators and tell them in no uncertain terms that you expect specific things of them and if they vote against your wishes , Then you will not vote for them !

      One final thought , Just to prove how the people allow bad things to continue on.

      Who voted for N.Pelosi and B.Frank and H.Reid ???

      How long have each of them been in office ?

      This is why the change we are getting is NOT the kind of change we wanted.

      Until the american people vote out of office people with these views and opinions , NOTHING will change.

    14. Pat, Georgia says:

      To quote Senator Robert Byrd, there is a power grab going on in the Obama administration never seen before in the history of the United States.

    15. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      Government is known for being penny wise and dollar foolish. the federal guvernment is best at this, obama is feeding the american people a line of BS, and people are eating it like honey. This country is going to see change, but it is not the change people wanted. Our rights under the Constitution are being denied each day under the dems. The "guvernment" is already telling us how to heat and cool our homes, what we can say in public, and what can not be said. The dems are sending this country down the tubes in a big hurry. PEOPLE BETTER WAKE UP IN 2010 AND PUT A STOP TO THIS MESS.

    16. Steve, Michigan says:

      The only power that can be grabbed in our country is that which we hand over. Elections have consequences, and the consequences of the last one were apparent well before election day. I really think it is time to stop blaming everyone else for the problem…it's our problem, we are responsible for what we are getting. Look inward, folks. The next time you see a problem try not to look to any government to fix it; rely on yourself and your family, your friends and your community. Do you see a foreclosure problem? Help your neighbors get through the difficult times and thereby avoid foreclosure. It's the little platoons of responsible citizens who will make government's interference unnecessary, get us off our butts, restore good will and community and, finally, get us our self-respect back. How many of us are willing to cry "no" when Uncle Sam offers to fix our problem? Unless we are, we deserve what we get.

    17. Bev from California says:

      I do not understand why the people of America are allowing all this Government havoc under the Obama administration to take place and continue. The People are the Government and their elected officials are accountable to The People! When we, The People, are afraid of the elected Government, which appears to be the case, then we have tyranny. When the Government is MADE TO DO THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS, then we have freedom! The Constitution clearly states that THE PEOPLE are the Government, not a ruling class of elites. What is so hard to understand?

    18. ella quinn kinston n says:

      Anthony i am one who didnot vote for nancy p, barny f, or harry r.I agree with you they are not the ones who should be in office.Ken the Gop are not the problem here.You need to see the real truth.

    19. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      Conn has hit the proverbial nail on the head. Thank you … Today's federalism is totally backwards. As I've stated before, the U.S. Constituion's preamble says it all. The federal system is to provide states with a common defense so that states and private industry may prosper thus promoting people's welfare. The federal government should be seeking grant assistance from the individual states.

    20. David Sayers, NC says:

      Reagan also said that big government is the problem,not the solution, and with this present gang of thugs in charge, it's looking like total chaos. Chairman Obama and his Pulitburo would like nothing more than to have absolute power over everyone and everything, for the rest of their lives of course. Right at this moment the republicans don't have any leadership to speak of.

      Seems none of them are true conservatives and lack the guts to say what needs to be said or the fight to accomplish what needs to be done. Someone in the ranks needs to step forward and start agitating and when done,agitate some more.

      If we keep on telling them loud and clear, there might just be someone out there that is ready to step up to the plate. Lastly to Komrade Ken, we are not the party of hate. It's become very clear that the far left wing loons of the democratic party wins that prize. These bozos leave nothing to the imagination when they attack and try to destroy Gov. Palin,Bobby Jindel and even Joe the Plumber,and he is a private citizens who asked a question. Oh, how about the attacks on all the folks at the tea parties? Maybe things would be better for you back in the good old USSR. If you do go back, would you please take the chairman and all his gang with you, oh, don't forget the ACLU.

    21. Jamey, Central Calif says:

      Inevitably, this reliance on the federal paycheck by the states will lead to a military state. In our "free" economy, you cannot tax more than your can inspire. Needless to say, people are not inspired, thus our economy will continue downward meaning less and less money that the states have come to rely on. I am not going to spend my money. What will the states do? They are not going to give up power. We can vote them out in 2010 and PRAY that the new legislators change what has been done. I seriously doubt it. The left is too invested in what has transpired. The only thing left to do is take the money. Elections have consequences, and here we are.

    22. Frank W., New Mexico says:

      Here's the attitude we need to take our country back.

      Here's a speech given at the Tea Party in Fort Worth Texas.

      Watch both parts

      Part one

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxoYhzF2phw&fe

      Part two
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YMasi0pIvA&fe

      The speaker

      His bio is at http://www.fortworthchamber.com/member/area_counc

      Send it on or delete it this is still your choice in America.

    23. David A. White/ Alab says:

      Thank God for the Federal Government, if you live in a state like Al, where we have a high state income tax and they still cannot meet their obligations. I trust the Federal government more so than my state government, I am sad to say.

    24. Marsha, Wheeling WV says:

      Dawana real good thoughts. We need to invoke the 5th amendment and start the ground roots movement to limit Washington. I agree and want to say every person needs to review the Consitution, writing of the framers and the federalist papers for a start.

      No other country has a Bill of Rights thank GOD for James Madison. I always call him my favorate President and my hero. Thank God for that 5 feet one inch 110 pound giant of a man (President Madison also known as the father of the Bill of Rights).

      Keep educating!

    25. Marsha, Wheeling WV says:

      Tea Parties are from the grass roots people! A good start!

    26. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      I agree with Steve of Michigan in his tracing of root cause of the current impotence of the sovereign states. The roots go back to Alexander Hamilton and his disciple, John Marshall. Hamilton made a mockery of "promote the general welfare" and "necessary and proper" (Art.1,Sec.8)to mean "implied powers" thereby enabling the federal government to grow without limit. Republicans and Democrats nurtured those spin interpretation to make the state governments serfs. To start, we must repeal 16th and 17th Amendments. Senators must be appointed by the States to protect their interests and sovereignty. Finally, we must get rid of the Federal Reserve and their ability to print uncontrollable amounts of money and borrowing without any limit.

      First step is to stop the Federal Govt. spending.

      Jeffersonian republican ideals must be returned.

    27. Pingback: why tea-parties matter « RockStar PeterSon

    28. Marsha, Wheeling WV says:

      Spirit of 76 I agree with you we need to repeal the 16th and 17 th amendments we need to invoke the 5th amendment and get active in our states so that we can do it. I don't think a Senator would bring it up form the Senate. If we Pass repeal in 3/4ths of the states we will then change the constitution back to its original form. I fully believe in a Representative Senate not a direct vote Senate. A direct vote Senate has resulted in an unresponsive Senate to the people and life long Senators. These two amendments are part of the root problem.

    29. Restore Federalism, says:

      A repeal of the 17th Amendment is critical to the cause of American federalism. Only a repeal of the 17th can provide an effective check on popular and national power. Why? Because the issues we face today (overspending, government overreach) are inevitable symptoms of a structural problem in our constitution. We have the current situation because the structure provides for no other long term alternative. The fix, therefore, must be structural: restore federalism by repealing the 17th Amendment. http://www.restorefederalism.org

    30. libertyinlaw says:

      An article V convention would be a disaster. What makes anyone think that the convention delegates would understand the U.S. Constitution when most people today do not?

      By the very language of Article V, a liberal Congress would be the body in control of who the delegates are, when/where it is held and how the proposed amendment is to be ratified. The States can simply call one, after that the Constitution gives them no power to control the convention. And since there is no precedent, I expect the Supreme Court would get involved if the states objected. Guess how that will go down…

      Conservatives keep losing ground because they rally around false solutions that only empower the federal government and make it easier for the liberals to accomplish their agenda. Take this parenting amendment that is being promoted throughout the Religious Right organizations. It actually gives the Federal government a legal means for transfering parental authority to the UN – the exact opposite of what conservatives hope to accomplish with it.

      You are being used – easily because you are caught up in a false paradigm between liberals and conservatives. Both are heading in the same direction (toward socialism) the only difference is the speed that each are moving.

      The solution is to read and understand the Constitution and its original intent and only support candidates who will follow it — as their oath of office requires. It is the Supreme Law of the land and we are supposed to be ruled by law – not people.

      Voting in the lesser of two evils because we want to "win" and beat the other side, is only promoting lawlessness. And that is what we get back from our government – what we deserve.

    31. RGG, Georgia says:

      State governments have become analogous to corporate middle management.

      The federal government already levees taxes on individual state citizens and the state governments have to apply, hat in hand, for a portion of those funds to return as federally supervised grants, aid, programs, etc. The federal government extracts a huge overhead fee for this accounting service in the form of the enormous bureaucracy.

      Unlike the federal government, states cannot run a deficit and are not allowed to print money, therefore it seems obvious that the states will become more dependent and eventually entirely superflous.

    32. ella quinn kinston n says:

      DAwana, yes i am mad they laughed at us. We still did good at the tea parties. They are just mad about us taking part in the tea parties.

    33. Ron, Derry NH says:

      There are two ways to enslave a people; one is with shackles the other is with the nipple of dependency, the latter being more permanent and far more sublime.

      Humans are no different than other animals that seek comfort, and what offspring doesn't long for the days of irresponsibility and warmth of mothers comfort?

      The federal government has seized upon this weakness in people to enslave, not to inspire and have begun suckling any member of society willing to cease maturing.

      In the wild a good mother, knowing her offspring must endure and grow strong to make a healthy herd,kicks away an offspring that holds the tit too long, as true motherhood knows the folly of such dependency and the harm it brings to all.

      Our current leaders desire more servants and have found a method to reap the benefits of those that willfully seek prostration to their will, and the kid in us all fears the responsibilities adulthood brings. We are not only regressing but preventing adulthood from being gained or even respected.

      Allan Bloom was right, the American mind is closing for sure….and mass surrender to childish dependency is becoming the consequence……

    34. ronald kuykendall says:

      I have been shocked the last two weeks at the complicity of the the newsprint with the Pres. The stupid questions that are asked at press meetings with the Pres.. I see a chicago thug forcing these stupid plans on the public and anyone who disagrees he threaten with the press. I cannot believe the complicity. Then Mr. Carval out there is got to be the dumbest person i have ever heard speak.NO substance to anything he says just the same old crap he has been saying for the last eight years. I really have been hoping that someone would step up from any party and eat the pres. and his stupid policies up and regain some sanity in wash dc

    35. Proud citizen says:

      What a slap in the face our military over seas must feel when people here are watching Dancing with the Stars and American Idol instead of looking at where our fine country is headed for.

      May God Bless America!

    36. Mike in Conyers, GA says:

      Just a quick note: Ken Jarvis, if there realy is a Ken Jarvis, writes in this comment page almost daily and his rhetoric is not new. We all have the right to our own opinions, but c'mon, he is just laughable.

    37. Bill Walker Seattle says:

      For those interested in finding out about an Article V Convention, please go to http://www.foavc.org.

      Much of which is discussed here as proposals for amendments already has been proposed by the states. All 50 states have submitted 750 applications for a convention. The texts of these can be read at the website. The states have satisfied the Constitution and Congress is required to call a convention. It has refused to do so which should come as no surprise to anyone given the trend of government cited above.

    38. Eugene Hoffman, Hous says:

      In order to get our rights back from the beltway monarchy, whose first king was ironically King George Bush I, we must begin locally; our city governments, churches, schools, courts, synagogues, Mosques (the ones interested in the American way of life), and charitable organizations must focus on the specific fundamental needs of the AREA. Infrastructure, and community businesses; local wealth is the best wealth; funneling too many tax dollars to Washington, to then be broadcast as they see fit is ludicrous and does not work. It creates welfare states: why produce if we can get it for free, from those who work? We must also take away the not for profit status of all organizations, including religious organizations, and make them pay a minimal tax; then they will be able to perform their community function, which are spiritual, moral, current events and education: they must be allowed to be political, if the community leaders see our National Electorate going astray then it is their right and duty to bring this to the attention of the masses. Many of these organizations are nothing but financial shelters for bloated lobbyists and federal cronies under their current not for profit status. We the people must continue our protest against the out of control scope and breadth of the Beltway Monarchy, and become responsible for our homes, children, jobs, communities, local authority, and state authority: we cannot afford to abdicate our power to the BELTWAY ELITE.

    39. Steve, Michigan says:

      I, too, am concerned over what might happen in a general constitutional convention, given the general lack of wisdom in our people (witness the last election). We need to focus on repeal of the amendments that have gotten us into this fix. Still, there is plenty to work with now, starting with a renewed interest in the judges that are picked for the federal bench, election of state governors who will push the envelope to defend the rights of their states and who are not afraid to say "no thanks" and, finally, as my earlier posts have highlighted, renewed interest in self reliance and community responsibility. We'll have to grow some thick skins, as the statists accuse us of being heartless and racist, but the truth will come out. It's the true conservatives who have hearts and are genuinely interested in people solving their problems, as demonstrated by the disparity between charitable contributions of conservatives vs. the paltry sums contributed by statists (even when adjusted for income levels of the donors).

    40. Marsha, Wheeling WV says:

      Article 5 can be invoked for only one Amendment as specified. Not necessarily the entire contitution. The amendments can be targeted. The Senate will have to amend the Constitution for that issue.

    41. Kelly, Chappaqua, NY says:

      Governors have become little more than federal administrators. I believe that eventually, if this course continues, our country will be divided into federal districts or provinces, perhaps three or four each of which will be administered by a bureaucrat from DC. Fifty states are too unwieldy for the socialists. It's like dealing with the Mob: When they do you a "favor" by lending you money, they own you!

      Bravo to those states who fight the DC Mob and turn the money down. This mob of bureaucrats is little more than thieves who use the constitution to rob us.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×