Monday, February 23, 2009
Should States Be Allowed to Quit?
Here is an interesting article in Human Events concerning how eleven states are thinking about refusing to take the stimulus money. Per the article:
State governors -- looking down the gun barrel of long-term spending forced on them by the Obama “stimulus” plan -- are saying they will refuse to take the money. This is a Constitutional confrontation between the federal government and the states unlike any in our time
Originally, the United States was designed to be a country that decentralized power. The states had much more influence than the Federal government. Over time, the Federal government has grown in power and influence to a degree in which the states have very little power. The 10th amendment of the constitution clearly specified the separation of powers:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
As with most of the Constitution, this amendment is now pretty much ignored.
But the question still remains, do we as a people have a right to dissolve our bonds with a government when the government no longer represents us? A radical question today as it was in 1776.