Arkansas Panel Rejects State Sovereignty Resolution

By Laura on 4:40 PM

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Arkansas State CapitolFor proponents of small government, the $787 billion economic stimulus bill recently passed by Congress isn't a life saver. It's the last straw.

State lawmakers across the country are sponsoring resolutions (most of them only symbolic) demanding state sovereignty, in effect the right to ignore any federal law or policies they deem unconstitutional. And that includes the U.S. stimulus package.

Lawmakers in at least 15 states are sponsoring similar resolutions. They say they're fighting a trend that has reached a fever pitch - decades of federal overreach.

The resolution, which needed 11 votes to pass, failed on an 8-10 vote.

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Posted on March 5, 2009 at 4:50 PM  

This will continue to happen until the US citizen stops drinking the Kool-aid and starts electing people that have true convictions, courage and integrity. I don't blame the elected officials for "playing it safe" at the expense of a future calamity. I blame us "the people" and our Laissez-faire attitude.

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Posted on March 5, 2009 at 5:35 PM  

The funny thing is, the legislatures actually considering this are painted as reactionary, knuckle-dragging fools. All they're trying to do is assert the rights of states under the 10th Amendment -- an "inconvenient" little part of the Constitution based on the quaint little notion of federalism.

That amendment, oddly enough, has been largely circumvented or ignored over the years.

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Posted on March 6, 2009 at 12:51 AM  

The state legislatures in Arkansas wouldn't want to rock the boat any, now would they?


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Posted on March 6, 2009 at 9:48 PM  

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