Looking for a jump-start on preparing a written statement to be submitted Friday, February 19th at the Sovereignty Resolution Hearing? (see THIS POST) Or looking for some points to include when making contact with one of the Committee members or your own Senator?
We’ve prepared some bullet points on the subject. We welcome yours. Just leave a comment at the bottom of the post for others to see.
The Federal government is already far overstepping its enumerated powers as provided in the Constitution.
Nebraska can’t afford the unfunded mandates continually imposed upon it by the federal government to pay for programs Nebraskans either don’t want or don’t need, or for programs and services that Nebraskans could provide more cheaply and efficiently solely at the State and local levels.
The Federal government is increasingly seeking to influence and control matters that have traditionally been solely State and local concerns (e.g., education, health care). This is a threat to individual liberty. This also results in government inefficiencies and higher costs for the taxpayer. Local control is better because people know what they and their neighbors need and want better than a far-removed federal bureaucracy.
State and local control is what the founders intended. The Constitution outlines a federal system, as opposed to a national one, where there is limited federal government with most of the power resting with the States and the people. They did this so that government would be close to the people, accessible to the people, and responsive to them. Nebraskans have ready access to their city and county officials. They can also travel to Lincoln to lobby the Legislature. Washington, D.C., is inaccessible to the average citizen.
Nebraskans expect their elected officials to take action to protect their rights if the Federal government encroaches upon them.
The governments of the several states must step forward and send a clear message to Washington that they will not forfeit their power to an increasingly centralized and non-responsive national government.
The Founders intended the governments of states to decisions based on what they believed to best for their particular circumstances.This is is an extension of personal responsibility and self-reliance. The Founders intended for the states to be “laboratories”. Experiments in policy could be carried out and tried in the individual states. The others could determine whether or not the ideas employed by their “neighbors” were to be employed in their own states. Finally, if citizens didn’t like what was happening in their own state, they could move to another whose policies aligned more with their thinking.