Tenth Amendment PowerPoint

cross-posted from the Pennsylvania Tenth Amendment Center

I was pleased to deliver the presentation below to the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots of Central Montgomery County on Thursday evening (September 8, 2011). It was encouraging to see this group in action, with it’s focus on the core issues of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets. Central Montgomery County is one of the areas in Pennsylvania with its own unique Tenth Amendment history.

We would like to say “Thank you” to the group and its leadership for the opportunity to visit. You can use the contact page to get in touch with us about speaking to your group.

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No Additional Subsidies for State & Local Governments

Obama’s new jobs plan contains additional subsidies for state and local government, including money for school construction.

My colleagues Adam Schaeffer and Andrew Coulson have explained that money to build schools is one of the last things that the government school system needs (see here and here). There will probably be money for “hiring teachers” and other targets that the administration thinks will play well with the electorate – not to mention government employee unions.

The electorate – and reporters covering the president’s plan – should understand that subsidies to state and local government have gone through the roof since 2000:

A Cato essay on federal aid to state and local government explains why these subsidies should be abolished, not increased. The following are five fundamental reasons:

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The Endangered Species Act Strikes Against the Constitution

The first of the 5 international and UN treaties that the Endangered Species Act is based on is the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. The federal government used the Commerce Clause to usurp authority over hunting, but this was an overreach of power, so some states opposed the federal government and won their case…

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