Posts Tagged ‘Tenth Amendment’

Once again we need to turn to the British press to get the low-down on the latest development in the “global warming” scam.

The legal challenges and splits in the US climate consensus follow revelations of major flaws in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which declared that global warming was no longer scientifically contestable.

Critics of America’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are now mounting a series of legal challenges to its so-called “endangerment finding” that greenhouse gases are a threat to human health.

That ruling, based in part on the IPCC’s work, gave the agency sweeping powers to force business to curb emissions under the Clean Air Act. An initial showdown is expected over rules on vehicle emissions.

Read more at the Telegraph.

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What if the Feds gave a regulation and no one came? Utah has joined the ranks of states asserting their sovereignty over this issue.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State agencies would be forbidden from further compliance with the federal Real ID Act under a measure the Utah House approved Thursday.

The move would do nothing to end hours-long waits at state drivers license offices, but could mean that Utah residents won’t be able to board airplanes or enter federal buildings in the future.

The Real ID Act was launched after the 2001 terror attacks to make driver’s licenses more secure, so that eventually all driver’s licenses would have several layers of security features to prevent forgery.

Opponents call the act an unfunded mandate that tramples on states’ rights. A slew of states have already passed laws and resolutions saying they won’t comply with any portion of it.

Read more at KSL.com.

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Forget for a moment your opinion about marijuana and ask yourself: Should federal law necessarily trump state law? This isn’t about drugs or Obama. It’s about federal tyranny.

On Thursday, a Denver news station interviewed Chris Bartkowicz about his medical-marijuana operation in the basement of his home. Bartkowicz, confident of his compliance with state laws, boasted of its size and profitability.

“I’m definitely living the dream now,” he told 9News.

The following day, the dream was over.

Drug-enforcement agents raided his home, placed him under arrest, and carried off dozens of black bags of marijuana plants and growing lights.

Read more at Raw Story.

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As states fall deeper and deeper into the financial abyss, expect the Federal government, using the dollars it creates on a whim, to step in and fill the power vacuum.

The budget picture in the states is worse than bleak. Even as the national economy shows some signs of improvement, states will continue to wrestle for several years with large and looming budget strains that will force them into strict austerity.

State budget holes are getting deeper. Revenues fell dramatically all last year — down 11.1% in the sharpest decline in 46 years. Corporate income taxes slid the most, 17.5%, but individual income and sales tax revenue was also down, by 11.3% and 8.8%, respectively.

Making it worse are publicly-supported health benefit cost hikes, unemployment payouts and larger social welfare rolls due to the recession and its lingering effect.

Read more at Kiplinger.

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New Englanders still have a sense of self-governance and the understanding that when it comes to government, small is beautiful.

The President on Wednesday may have reassured Americans that the state of the Union is “strong,” but, just the week before, a group of Vermont secessionists declared their intention to seek political power in a quest to get their state to quit the Union altogether. On Jan. 15, in the state capital of Montpelier, nine candidates for statewide office gathered in a tiny room at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, to announce they wanted a divorce from the United States of America. “For the first time in over 150 years, secession and political independence from the U.S. will be front and center in a statewide New England political campaign,” said Thomas Naylor, 73, one of the leaders of the campaign.

Read more at Time.

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This is why the Federal juggernaut is going to absorb the states and subsume what little remains of their sovereignty: The Feds can produce money out of nothing but the states can’t. The game will keep going as long as the war machine does, but even that will end when there’s no one left to bully into buying treasuries.

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) — Everyone seems to know the current path of federal fiscal policy is a deathtrap over the long term. What’s peculiar is the relative inattention to the balance sheets of state and local governments.

Hidden behind accounting fictions, the politically unspeakable reality is that public employee pension systems are under-funded by more than $2 trillion. Add more than $1 trillion in unfunded health-care benefits for retired public employees, and state governments face protracted structural deficits ranging from challenging to insurmountable.

Read more at Bloomberg.com.

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Kudos to the people of Louisiana for standing up to the Federal juggernaut.

Louisiana State Senator A.G. Crowe (R, Slidell) is introducing a bill for the 2010 legislative session in Baton Rouge that would make Obamacare illegal if it violates state laws, effectively making Obamacare null and void in the Pelican State.

Senator Crowe states that his bill “provides that no law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system or health insurance.”

Crowe’s proposed Senate Bill (download .pdf file) begins as follows:

“HEALTH CARE.  Prohibits state or local governmental coercion of any Louisiana employer, health care provider, or individual to compel participation in any health care system or health insurance plan.”

Crowe insists that Obamacare violates Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution and “is therefore unconstitutional.” He also feels that the president’s plans violates the 10th Amendment among others.

Read more at Canada Free Press.

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Our kids are taught quaint myths in school about the U.S. Constitution—for instance, the myth that it still applies. Given that much of the document has now been invalidated, kids can barely get their heads around the idea that it was once taken to mean exactly what it says.

“The Bill of Rights should be mourned, not celebrated. It is defunct. Intended as the bulwark of the right of decentralized self-government, it now serves mainly as an excuse for the opposite: a roving judicial veto of state policies that federal judges dislike.”

Read the rest at the Tenth Amendment Center.

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