Perry Pushes the 10th

by Ryan on April 14, 2009

in Culture,Economy,Media Bias,Politics

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) took a bold step which is just getting press this week:  the right of a state to reject federal money which has strings attached that will be harmful to that state’s economic well-being.  Perry’s justification for his support of HCR 50 is the states’ rights amendment to the US Constitution, #10:

“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.”

Here’s Governor Perry last week:

I like his gumption and his political savvy.  Perry’s trying to take a measured and sensible approach, only refusing the federal money that is used coercively, not for things like infrastructure, etc., which the people of the state have already paid through federal income and payroll taxes.  But I get a little antsy when he talks about ending Federal “oppression” with an eye on Texas “sovereignty.”  My knee-jerk thought was, “We’ve argued that once, and Texas and ten other states lost that argument in 1865.”  Perry’s not a secessionist, but I can hear the MSM criticizing him already on that very point.

However, putting that old argument aside, the 10th Amendment’s implications are truly vast – it would be our hope for overturning Roe v. Wade, as well as controlling government spending as such.  But, it was once the justification for Plessy v. Ferguson and de jure segregation for generations under the very guise of “states’ rights”.  So I can hear the MSM painting Perry as a racist too!

Regardless of the potential fallout, I want to see where Perry and the State of Texas takes this, and if Louisiana and South Carolina follow suit.  If our elected officials in Washington will not restrain themselves, then why can’t the people?  Remember, they work for us in DC — we’re their bosses!

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