By Robert Higgs: Great Leader, who art in Washington, Hallowed be thy name. Thy empire come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in the Oval Office. Give us this day our daily dole. And forgive us our late tax filings, as we forgive the IRS for refunding our overpayments without interest. And lead…Details
Late last week, the Arizona Senate passed Senate Bill 1178 (SB1178), the Intrastate Commerce Act. The bill provides that all services performed in the state, and all goods grown or made here for consumption within Arizona “are not subject to the authority of Congress under its constitutional power to regulate commerce among the several states.”
The vote was 21-8-1
State Senator Sylvia Allen said that includes everything from wheat and lettuce to toilets, light bulbs and guns, even if manufactured, sold and used entirely within Arizona.
For decades, using a tortured definition of “interstate commerce,” Congress has claimed the authority to regulate, control, ban, or mandate virtually everything – from wheat grown on one’s own land for personal consumption, to weed grown in an individual’s own home for the same purpose, to guns manufactured, sold and kept in state boundaries, and everything in between. And, unfortunately, the Supreme Court has largely condoned and even encouraged such reprehensible legislative behavior.
But today, Arizona is once again leading the way in saying “Back Off” to the feds – by standing up for the Constitution as the founders gave it to us.Details
Here’s news of yet another nail in the coffin of Real ID. Still on the books in Congress, never overturned in federal court, but null and void in virtually the entire country (Florida, why don’t you join the rest!) From Cato-at-Liberty, it appears that Congress might actually defund the whole mess and make it pretty…Details