Tag Archive: Federalism


Public Attitudes Toward Federalism: The Public’s Preference For Renewed Federalism

 

 

Cato Federalism Poll

 

 

” For much of its history, the United States had a notably decentralized government structure. Since the 1930s, the national government has undertaken new efforts to regulate the economy and society and to redistribute resources. Those new efforts have implied a greater centralization of authority in Washington. In the past the public often supported such centralization. Public opinion about federalism has changed. Voters are more supportive of decentralized policymaking on many issues where they previously supported a stronger national role. This shift in the public mood is consistent with other polling data that indicates profound distrust in the capacity of the federal government to act on behalf of the public good. On some issues, like national defense, much of the public continues to support national primacy. Such issues are often assigned to Washington by the Constitution. In contrast, much polling finds that many citizens believe state and local governments are likely to perform better than Washington. Americans support a more decentralized federalism than in the past both on particular issues and as a general matter of institutional confidence. “

 

   The study is filled with topical data on the public’s shift away from supporting the overweening Leviathan state including this very telling nugget of information on attitudes towards healthcare …

 

Healthcare Federalism

 

   As the above graph demonstrates , there remains one segment of society that is out of touch with the mainstream on who should decide the issue of healthcare and it’s not the Right . The results are the same or very similar on a wide range of issues , all indicating a strong support of state’s rights with the single exception of education policy . 

The other single factor that remains steady is the Democrat’s desire for federal control over ALL issues . Once a statist , always a statist .

 

Read the entire study at Cato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bozell, Varney Discuss Networks’ Nearly 3-Month Blackout of Damning Revelations in IRS Scandal

 

 

” An incredulous Stuart Varney brought NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell on his Varney & Co. program this morning to discuss how  “[t]he mainstream media [have been] completely ignoring one the the biggest news stories of the year,” by devoting zero news stories to the IRS scandal since July.

“Is that accurate, they haven’t even mentioned it since those dates we put up on the screen?!” Varney asked Bozell at the segment. “It’s fascinating and so troubling” because we have “one of the greatest abuses in my lifetime, the greatest abuse of federal power ever, where you’re using the most-feared arm of government  against the people and you’re seeing one revelation after another” which the networks simply refuse to cover. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 States Back NRA Lawsuit To Overturn Federal Ban On Handgun Sales To People Under 21 (VIDEO)

 

 

 

” The number of states that are backing the National Rifle Associations lawsuit to overturn the federal ban on handgun sales from federal firearms licensees or gun dealers to people under the age of 21 continues to grow, with Utah being the latest state to join the list.

This week Utah Attorney General John Swallow signed on to an amicus brief filed by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, which implores the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case NRA v. BATF.

Swallow argued that the high court needs to make a determination on whether the right to keep and bear arms truly applies to 18, 19 and 20 year olds, noting that at the core of the matter there is a collision between federal and state law.

“It’s really a federalism issue. We feel like we should be able to enforce state policy where it comes to the safety of our citizens,” Swallow told the Deseret News.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gun Bill In Missouri Would Test Limits In Nullifying U.S. Law

 

” Unless a handful of wavering Democrats change their minds, the Republican-controlled Missouri legislature is expected to enact a statute next month nullifying all federal gun laws in the state and making it a crime for federal agents to enforce them here. A Missourian arrested under federal firearm statutes would even be able to sue the arresting officer.

The law amounts to the most far-reaching states’ rights endeavor in the country, the far edge of a growing movement known as “nullification” in which a state defies federal power.

The Missouri Republican Party thinks linking guns to nullification works well, said Matt Wills, the party’s director of communications, thanks in part to the push by President Obama for tougher gun laws. “It’s probably one of the best states’ rights issues that the country’s got going right now,” he said.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: (202) 224-5922 / press@cruz.senate.gov
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

 

 

 

” WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released a report – “The Legal Limit: The Obama Administration’s Attempts to Expand Federal Power” – that analyzes six instances in the last 15 months where the U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the Obama Administration’s arguments for increased federal power.

 

“When President Obama’s own Supreme Court nominees join their colleagues in unanimously rejecting his Administration’s call for broader federal power six times in just over one year, the inescapable conclusion is that the Obama Administration’s view of federal power knows virtually no bounds,” said Sen. Cruz. “This is a deeply troubling pattern that we will continue to highlight as long as this Administration continues seeking ways to expand its power in direct violation of Americans’ constitutional rights.”

Sen. Cruz’s report highlights the six cases that the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected since January 2012. Had President Obama’s Department of Justice been successful in its cases, the federal government would have the power to:

  • Attach GPSs to a citizen’s vehicle to monitor his movements, without having any cause to believe that a person has committed a crime (United States v. Jones);
  • Deprive landowners of the right to challenge potential government fines as high as $75,000 per day and take away their ability have a hearing to challenge those fines (Sackett v. EPA);
  • Interfere with a church’s selection of its own ministers. (Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC);
  • Override state law whenever the President desires. (Arizona v. United States);
  • Dramatically extend statutes of limitations to impose penalties for acts committed decades ago. (Gabelli v. SEC); and
  • Destroy private property without paying just compensation. (Arkansas Fish & Game Commission v. United States).

The arguments advanced in these cases demonstrate an astonishing view of federal power on behalf of the Obama Administration that is worthy of further examination. View the full report below:” 

 

The Legal Limit: The Obama Administration’s Attempts to Expand Federal Power

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