Is Arkansas Victim in a Fed Power Grab?

Is Arkansas Victim in a Fed Power Grab?

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#1 Feb 24, 2014
Some state legislators are asserting that their legislative power is being stripped from them by the federal government. In looking at this more closely, we might need to ask, "Are they true victims?"

States, on average, receive one-third of their annual budget from the federal government. According to data collected in 2013, Mississippi receives nearly half of its money from D.C., followed closely by Louisiana and Arizona.

No one would argue against the assertion that governors and state legislators are addicted to the “free” federal money. Yet, is it truly "free" money, especially since more government is what happens every time the governor of a state cashes one of those checks from Congress? Is this the behavior of a victim? It seems the federal government has not “seized” power from the states; the states have sold their sovereignty for a mess of federal pottage.

The New American has chronicled for years the co-opting of local police by the Department of Homeland Security(D.H.S.). Millions of dollars in grants are given to local law enforcement and in exchange the police hand over control to the feds. We have reported that the police’s addiction to the D.H.S. is such that many departments have officers whose sole daily duty is to fill out grant applications. Is that the behavior of a victim?

To move forward, state legislators first need to admit that the states are not passive victims of any federal seizure of their power; second, state legislators need to realize that they are consistently selling their citizens’ birthright of sovereignty for a mess of federal pottage; third, state legislators must also admit that every day in state houses across the country, they compete for a preferred place at the federal feeding trough; and finally, nullification is the best and most constitutionally sound method of returning power to the states, as the Founders intended.

Some state legislators understand this, but many, including some liberty-minded groups promoting an Article V Convention, do not.

There is no such thing as a free lunch. "GRANTS cost us State sovereignty!"

Ash Flat, AR

#2 Feb 25, 2014
Don't forget the federal money they dribble back to the states is the money collected from the states to begin with. The gasoline tax by itself is stolen for other projects instead of being used to repair our roadways The cost of keeping our monster federal government going should be cut, the waste alone could fund health care. Also does it not seem strange that our current health care system was written by the insurance industry?

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