Quote of the Day

April 21, 2010

“Surely something must be terribly wrong with a man who seems to be far more concerned with a Jew building a house in Israel than with Muslims building a nuclear bomb in Iran.”  Columnist Burt Prelutsky.

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Another Quote

March 20, 2010

” A penny saved is a government oversight”
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The Taxpayer

February 24, 2010

The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.  ~Ronald Reagan


James Madison: State Powers

November 25, 2009

Federalist No. 45

Category: Federalism

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.

Reference: Madison, Federalist No. 45

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Thomas Jefferson 1823 Letter to Judge Johnson

November 24, 2009

1823 — letter to Judge William Johnson

Category: Federalism

[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore…never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.

Reference: Original Intent, Barton (261); original Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, From the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson

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Alexander Hamilton 1788 Speech to NY Ratifying Convention

November 22, 2009

1788 — speech to the New York Ratifying Convention

Category: Federalism

The State governments possess inherent advantages, which will ever give them an influence and ascendancy over the National Government, and will for ever preclude the possibility of federal encroachments. That their liberties, indeed, can be subverted by the federal head, is repugnant to every rule of political calculation.

Reference: The Works of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Cabot Lodge, ed., vol.2 (17)

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Alexander Hamilton 1788 Federalism

November 20, 2009

1788 — speech to the New York Ratifying Convention

Category: Federalism

This balance between the National and State governments ought to be dwelt on with peculiar attention, as it is of the utmost importance. It forms a double security to the people. If one encroaches on their rights they will find a powerful protection in the other. Indeed, they will both be prevented from overpassing their constitutional limits by a certain rivalship, which will ever subsist between them.

Reference: The Works of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Cabot Lodge, ed., vol. 2 (28)

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