AND DON”T FORGET “TELEPROMPTULUS”!
Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 17: “It will always be far more easy for the State governments to encroach upon the national authorities than for the national government to encroach upon the state authorities…Upon the same principle that a man is more attached to his family than to his neighborhood, to his neighborhood than to the community at large, the people of each State would be apt to feel a stronger bias towards the local governments than toward the government of the Union.”
It’s easy to see that those days are long gone. A week doesn’t go by without planeloads of state and local officials flying to Washington and pleading on bended knee for federal subsidies for activities that once were unambiguously their responsibility.
Frank goes on to note how towns are swapping their “Made in Washington” Stimulus projects because they have no flexibility otherwise. Remember “Unfunded Mandates”? Well, these mandates are funded, at least for a while.
The Feds have finally leveraged the biggest difference between them and the states; states have balanced budget laws and can’t print money. Feds can spend money and print money night and day, day and night.
Our system is so messed up and upside down that we have town councils that want to impeach the president and aldermen with their own foreign policy, while Congress wants to write barking dog ordinances and state labor laws. They want to run the world through the UN and run your homeowners association through the Stimulus.
Remember that the stimulus bill included a clause saying that if a governor refuses to accept stimulus funds allocated to his or her state, the state legislature can override the governor’s decision by passing a concurrent resolution. It means that governors, such as Sanford, who have said that they would not accept the money, could be overridden by their state legislative bodies. The clause targeted at Governor Sanford and was crafted by Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, the No. 3 Democrat in the House of Representatives.
Finally, starting this week the National Democrats have been running ads in South Carolina accusing Republican Governor Sanford of putting politics ahead of jobs and schools.
Would those who supported the stimulus like to explain to taxpayers who will pay for the stimulus? Do they also want to explain who will have to continue paying for these new programs when the stimulus money runs out? I didn’t think so.
This is an outrageous power grab by Congress, the president and his Teleprompter. They know that it’s unconstitutional to meddle in the balance of power within a state, but they’ve abandoned their oaths long ago. Our Founders took exceptional care to balance interests and check powers…but these baling-wire bail-out queens think they’re smarter than our Framers.
Why is a Democrat NATIONAL Committee running agitprop commercials aimed at a STATE governor?
Did Obama run as Governor-in-Chief? Does he want to be South Carolina’s Labor Commissioner? Then he should resign, move to South Carolina and run for that office since he knows exactly what South Carolina’s unemployment policies should be.
Has Congress has done such a great job in Washington, that they should run the state governments, too? They can’t even run their own power plant or cafeteria correctly. They are corrupting state governments with this Control Freak Power Grab. And stealing from the citizens of each state their precious right, the right to tell Washington to “Go to hell.”
Those fifty stars still mean something, even if this Congress, this President and this Teleprompter have forgotten what that is.
UPDATE: Via Volokh:
If state law does not give the state legislature the right to bypass the governor, how can Congress just change that law? Where does Congress get the power to change a state constitution? …Congress is not telling a state, “You must change your state constitution before we will give you a dime.” Instead, Congress is simply telling the state, “We have changed your state constitution so that we give more power to the state legislature, without any pesky interference from the governor.”