Letters to the editor, July 11
Hernando TodayEconomic reality
Published: July 11, 2012
Published: July 11, 2012
I'm no economics expert and by the rate of job creation this president's administration has produced I don't think he is either.
If you listened to his speech in Chicago on Friday I think you can understand why his way is just not working. He talked about how his administration is creating jobs by expanding the middle class and job creation from the bottom up, not the top down as he claims the Republicans all ways try to do.
Well Mr. Obama how many middle class people or those on the bottom as you put it own businesses or higher people to work for them. Where is this vast employer base owned by the people you mention?
Well, sorry Charlie, you and I both know it may sound good in speeches on the campaign trail, but those awful owners, those people at the top those mean old Republicans are always giving tax breaks too are the ones that hire and make the economy grow.
They make more money they hire more workers that's the way this country has prospered for 200 years. What you are describing in your rhetoric is Socialism not Capitalism. That's what's great about this country people can aspire to and through hard work and vigilance, can rise to the top and join that group that employs and the cycle continues and all prosper.
Everyone can earn a piece of the pie, but the baker needs the dough.
An open letter to state Legislators
Most of us learned in school about checks and balances between the branches of the Federal government, such as a presidential veto of a bill in Congress, or Congress overriding a veto. But what should be done if any of the branches of the federal government impose unconstitutional laws or mandates on your State, such as forcing us to buy health insurance, or taking over private pensions or 401K plans?
Are you willing to enforce the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to nullify those mandates? Nullification is a resolution by a state that it will not comply with any unconstitutional Federal law or mandate. It is not about overthrowing Constitutional order. It is about operating within it, to enforce the Constitution.
It also has the advantage of avoiding lawsuits and U.S. Supreme Court intervention. Contrary to what you may have been taught in law school, the Supreme Court is not the final arbiter on Constitutional issues. Thomas Jefferson said that if the Federal government had a monopoly on Constitutional interpretation, it would naturally read the Constitution in its own favor.
He insisted that the states were entitled to make ultimate Constitutional determinations, because the alternative was a central government monopoly that would "swallow up the States." His Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 and 1799 are about nullification. This is not a new concept.
It is important to keep in mind that the U.S. Constitution provides for a Federal government of sovereign States, not a national form of government, as evidenced in the ratification debates. The 10th Amendment states that "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." The Federal government's powers are limited to those few enumerated in the Constitution, mostly in Article 1, Section 8.
There are several clauses in the Constitution frequently used to try to justify an unconstitutional law or mandate. The "general welfare" clause in Article 1 Section 8 is not an unlimited power because a list of specific powers delegated to Congress does not give general power to do whatever it wants. James Madison said that is like saying that Congress can do A, B, and C, plus whatever it wants.
The "commerce clause" was intended to regulate trade between States only, it has no Constitutional control over activities within State borders. Commerce was mentioned 63 times in the Federalist papers at the time of the ratification of our Constitution. The intent was well known by our Founding Fathers.
The "necessary and proper" clause is only for carrying out delegated Constitutional powers, nothing else.
The "supremacy" clause in Article 6 is only for laws and treaties that are Constitutional, it does not mean that the Federal government can make laws to trump any other law.
The President's Executive Orders and Signing Statements are also for Constitutional objectives only, to carry out existing laws, not to rewrite laws or create new laws.
For more information and sample legislation, please go to tenthamendmentcenter.com.