Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Federalism, or Why I Love Governor McDonnell

I am so pleased and inspired to read in American Spectator that our Governor here in the great Commonwealth of Virginia has a firm belief in the principle of Federalism. Beginning with taxes, Governor McDonnell wants to reverse the harmful influence of our national, no longer federal, government:
The Virginian believes congressional Republicans should push immediately to tell people that Republicans want to put people back to work by passing legislation to continue all of the Bush-era tax cuts, further reduce capital gains taxes, and push other specific plans to create jobs. Then, McDonnell believes, there would be a foundation for a longer-term reassessment of how the federal government burdens the states.

That's right. Governor McDonnell is a tenther. Does that make him a closet racist?
McDonnell believes that the depth and breadth of the state-level victories should bring another element to the national spending debate. "It really is time for an honest and robust discussion about federalism," he said. "What does the Tenth Amendment really mean? Part of the reason you've got this long-term deficit is you keep legislating in areas that you shouldn't be in."

McDonnell is a firm federalist: "Stick to what the federal government is supposed to do. Do that well -- fund it well -- but then stay out of areas that are traditionally reserved for the states. Let us manage those areas." He added, "That's the discussion we need to have over the next couple of years. Does the Tenth Amendment still mean anything? If so, govern within your bounds at the federal level."
In other words, end the Ponzi schemes of Medicare and Medicaid. These mandated programs amount to 20% of the budgets of most states. End Social Security, and let individuals decide how to invest for their own retirement. End highway funds. End SCHIP. End Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. End financial aid for students. End the enslavement of unrestrained debt, deficit spending, and looming inflation. I could go on, but in other words, end everything not enumerated in Article I, Section 8. States don't need to ask permission, they have all the permission they need in the 10th Amendment.

To put it simply, I quote John Galt in Atlas Shrugged: "Get the hell out of my way!"

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