Where do we go from here? In a world where the constitution seems to have lost it’s power to restrain the Federal Government from constant encroachments on state sovereignties, it seems a daunting task to restore the proper balance. In this article, I intend to explore a fantasy of sorts and contrast it to the realities of the real world we live in.
The ideal solution to restore the Republic to its federal founding principles with a cooperative federal government and able state-governing bodies would be to have the state governments pass laws that mirror the offending (unconstitutional) laws on the federal books. Then the Federal Government would go about repealing these laws completely. After that step, the state governments could pass new legislation that either repeals or modifies the laws that were passed in order to mirror federal laws.
At this point, the only laws on the federal books would be for the strictly enumerated powers in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. It is at this point that the Federal Government could cut taxes by around 80% (an estimate of the percentage of the federal budget spent on unconstitutional activities). Among the programs that would be ended (at the federal level) would be Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, welfare, corporate welfare such as agricultural subsides, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Sally Mae, tarp… you can finish the list, it is seemingly unending. All of these programs would be transitioned over to state control.
No more electing our federal representatives to steal on our behalf. All forms of social welfare can be handled better at the state/locality level. It is also at this point where the state governments would have to raise taxes (though not as much) to cover these programs (or the ones they choose to continue). The reason that state taxes will not have to go up as much as federal taxes come down is due to not having to fund a huge bureaucracy in Washington D.C.