Thursday, November 17, 2011
"Restoring American Federalism": How about a Federal Constitutional Convention?
The Federalist Society has been holding these meetings on a proposal thats called a Sunset Provision. That would apply to all laws that are passed by the Federal Government. Meaning that once the Federal Government passes a new law. it would have to come up to be renewed every 5-10 years. And if Congress and the President doesn't renew the law whatever the law is, it would expire. Sunset Provisions have been applied to the 1996 Welfare Work Law, a law that I support. The 2001 Patriot Act, a law that I oppose because of its Fourth Amendment issues. The 2002 No Child Left Behind Law which I'm against because of the Unfunded Mandates in it which is perfect for this topic. The 2001 and 2003 Bush Tax Cuts which I oppose because we borrowed trillions of dollars to pay from them. As we were fighting two wars oversees and borrowed trillions of dollars to pay for them as well. One law that I wish a Sunset Provision applied to, was the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. Another law I'm against and one reason why I oppose it, is because we borrowed 500B$ to pay for that as well. And another reason in how it was passed in a Republican Congress, not trying to sound partisan here. But the House kept that vote open in November, 2003 around Thanksgiving Time for like six hours. When normally Representatives get like fifteen minutes to vote. Because the Democratic Leadership had the votes to defeat it, almost all of their members and around twenty republicans as well. Medicare Advantage is the perfect example of why we should have Sunset Provisions to Federal Laws.
What I believe we need to do as a country is to look at exactly what the Federal Government should be doing. Based on what its capable of doing well and what authority it has in the US Constitution. And just limit it to that and examine what the 10th Amendment means as a country. Have a review of all Federal Laws, Policy's, Programs and Agency's, look at the Constitutionality of all of them. What's working, what's not working, what needs to be reformed and what needs to be eliminated. I would start by eliminating all Unfunded Mandates and either force the Federal Government to pay for them. Or eliminate them all together, lay out what the Federal Government should be doing. Based on the US Constitution, what its good at, what it does better then the Private Sector. And just limit the Federal Government to that, me personally. I would just limit the Federal Government to National Security, Law Enforcement, Regulation, Foreign Policy, Medical Research, Economic Research. And Social Welfare Research and leave the rest to the States, Locals and Non Profit Community Services. And if there's something else or other things that the Federal Government should be doing. But its not Constitutional, well we have a Constitutional Process to make those things Constitutional.
Unfunded Mandates to me are exactly why we should have a Federal Constitutional Convention. To prevent the Federal Government from passing those things, things that they may not have the Constitutional Authority to do. Like in Education Policy, if they are going to pass Federal Mandates when it comes to Social Welfare Policy and other areas. Then the Feds should be forced to pay for them. And force the Federal Government to examine and review exactly what it does, some Federal Departments don't even know their budgets. Defense comes to mine or can be audited, Education would be another one. That should be unacceptable to anyone who believes in Limited Government.