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Tom McClintock Joins House Republicans to Launch New 10th Amendment Task Force
Auburn Journal ^ | 5/6/10 | Bill George

Posted on 05/16/2010 6:45:05 PM PDT by Bokababe

Representative Tom McClintock (R-Granite Bay, CA) joined Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Tom Price (R-GA), Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and nine other Republican Members of Congress to officially launch the newly formed 10th Amendment Task Force, a project of the RSC. The Task Force will develop and promote proposals that aim to disperse power, decision-making, and money from Washington back to states, local governments, and individuals.

The Task Force was created in response to the concentration of power and the one-size-fits-all solutions from Washington. Representative McClintock made the following remarks at today’s press conference:

“I believe that it can be stated as a universal maxim that the failures of our government can be traced to a single cause: the abandonment of federalism.

“The tenth Amendment was not written to protect states rights. Experience has shown that state governments can be just as abusive of their authority as any other government.

“The tenth Amendment is rather about dividing governmental authority to limit the abuse of power that naturally occurs when it accumulates into too few hands.

“The Founders knew that the ultimate check upon an abusive or dysfunctional government is the ability of people to walk away from it. By limiting the federal government to those enumerated powers that serve a truly national objective, our Constitution disperses the remaining powers among 50 states and a hundred fold more communities.

“Those states that are governed unwisely naturally lose population and commerce and revenues to those that are governed well. It is a self-correcting mechanism.

“In 1821, Jefferson warned that "When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."

“We have reached that point, and the time has come to restore the genius of the American founding by restoring those principles of federalism that are the foundation of our freedom and the natural ramparts that protect us against both folly and despotism.

“I can’t imagine more important work than that which this task force now sets out to do.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: 10thamendment; constitution; elections; lping; mcclintock; statesrights
Go, Tom!
1 posted on 05/16/2010 6:45:05 PM PDT by Bokababe
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To: Bokababe

Ugh. Co-opting makes me gag.


2 posted on 05/16/2010 6:46:50 PM PDT by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: Bokababe; ExTexasRedhead; calcowgirl; NormsRevenge; justiceseeker93; SmithL

This is a good development. Tom McClintock has great promise.


3 posted on 05/16/2010 6:47:51 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: Bokababe; ForGod'sSake

I gotta wonder if they really mean it.

McClintock is a good guy, though.


4 posted on 05/16/2010 6:48:40 PM PDT by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir!)
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To: Bokababe

Wow... don’t hear much about the 10th Amendment from federal legislators much. This is good news, I hope it grows, I will try to keep up with this story.


5 posted on 05/16/2010 6:48:50 PM PDT by GregoTX (+)
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To: dcwusmc; bamahead; djsherin; rabscuttle385; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; AuntB; EveningStar; ...

Freedom Ping —10th Amendment!


6 posted on 05/16/2010 6:48:57 PM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe

Good, he may have to explain the 10th Amendment to most of the people in DC though. I don’t think they’re aware of the concept.


7 posted on 05/16/2010 7:03:49 PM PDT by McGavin999 (Illegal is not a race, it is a crime)
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To: Bokababe
proposals that aim to disperse power, decision-making, and money from Washington back to states, local governments, and individuals.

And land. The feds have no business owning huge swaths of land. Except for bases and office buildings, open land should be returned to the states. National forests, national parks, national monuments, national wilderness lands should all be handed back to the states where they are located along with the personnel who manage those lands, for thes states to do with as they deem fit.

BLM land, on the other hand, should be privatized, sold off to the citizens.

8 posted on 05/16/2010 7:14:04 PM PDT by marron
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To: Bokababe
Members of Congress, in their infinite wisdom, will end up creating more legislation because they have failed to uphold their duty to preserve, protect and defend the most important piece of legislation, the Constitution.

Here's a novel idea. Instead of increasing legislation, why not abolish those program and agencies that do not comply with the enumerated powers in Article 1 Section 8 thereby reducing the size and scope of government?

Don't blame me for the idea folks. I learned it from those wild and wacky group of people known as our founding fathers.
9 posted on 05/16/2010 7:20:43 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Bokababe

BTT


10 posted on 05/16/2010 7:31:01 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: Bokababe

Amen, Tom.


11 posted on 05/16/2010 7:36:27 PM PDT by Finny
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To: McGavin999
10th...

Isn't that the amendment that allows the federal government to tell the states what services to provide for it's residents, but not have to provide the funds to do it?

12 posted on 05/16/2010 7:38:32 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: GregoTX

I don’t know much about the others on this committee, but this does not surprise me about my rep Tom Price. He is a SOLID conservative, and as a MD was very vocal against Obamacare - stood up to Obama at the summit, among other things. Like DeMint, I get emails and facebook messages daily from Price, letting us know all the atrocities going on and what they are doing to fight them.

There are a handful of “keepers” who are not RINOS. He is one of them.


13 posted on 05/16/2010 7:38:38 PM PDT by justsaynomore (The Hermantor - 2012 - www.hermancain.com)
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To: marron
And land. The feds have no business owning huge swaths of land. Except for bases and office buildings, open land should be returned to the states. National forests, national parks, national monuments, national wilderness lands should all be handed back to the states ...

(simpering sarcasm on) Oh, but don't you understand, the states are so broke now that they couldn't handle all of that land in their parks' systems! (Nevermind something I read the other day about how volunteers happy to help with parks' operations have been turned away and parks closed instead).

Turn things back to the people??? Why, something isn't really confirmed or validated until government gets involved! Without government, why ... it's nothing!

(/simpering sarcasm)

14 posted on 05/16/2010 7:41:57 PM PDT by Finny
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To: Bokababe
It is a self-correcting mechanism.

Tell'em Tom!

15 posted on 05/16/2010 7:45:18 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

LOL, that’s the current Washington interpretation of it. I think they may have a bit of a “schooling” coming to them from SCOTUS. Do you suppose any of them will bother to read that old Bill of Rights before it goes to court?


16 posted on 05/16/2010 7:53:52 PM PDT by McGavin999 (Illegal is not a race, it is a crime)
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To: Bokababe

God Bless you Tom, and your associates as well. We wish you, and all of us well in your venture.


17 posted on 05/16/2010 7:57:19 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (The Left draws criminals as excrement draws flies. The Left IS a criminal organization.)
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To: McGavin999
Do you suppose any of them will bother to read that old Bill of Rights before it goes to court?

They'll find all the justifications they need in the penumbras.

18 posted on 05/16/2010 8:13:29 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: marron

You’ve got that right. The feds have sucked up most of the land in Montana. They are grabbing more all of the time through one swindle or another.

The push for more wilderness areas and a dodge called “conservation easements” never stops. I wonder how many people here know about Agenda 21.


19 posted on 05/16/2010 8:14:12 PM PDT by SkipW
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Ah yes, that’s the same place where they find the right to healthcare and the right to an education.


20 posted on 05/16/2010 8:17:28 PM PDT by McGavin999 (Illegal is not a race, it is a crime)
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To: Bokababe

Support Tom McClintock in his efforts. He has been tirelessly working behind the scenes for years. He is acutely aware of California’s plight but if he sees this as more important then maybe he is on to something with going back to basic foundations.


21 posted on 05/16/2010 8:47:27 PM PDT by Razzz42
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To: 17th Miss Regt; 2001convSVT; 2ndDivisionVet; A_Former_Democrat; A_Tradition_Continues; ...
Thanks dynachrome and bokababe! Interesting development in that it comes from feral rather than State representatives. Sortof like the very old days when the parties actually tried to "out-constitution" one another. What a time that must have been, eh? Not wanting to cast any aspersions on McClintock and Company, I'll just add, they have a great sense of timing. ;^)

In any case, and regardless of the motives, this will help to bring more attention to the predicament we find ourselves in and more importantly, how we got here. I LIKE it!

Feral congresscritters are joining the parade!





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I've stopped monitoring threads and unilaterally adding names to the ping list, so if you want on or off the list just say so.

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22 posted on 05/16/2010 9:55:34 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Yeah...unfunded mandates. Like Death Care.


23 posted on 05/16/2010 10:03:24 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Bokababe
Another similar article dated 5/7 from the Compost:

GOP to insist on 10th Amendment


24 posted on 05/16/2010 11:37:16 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: Bokababe
And ANOTHER one from FoxNews(How in the world did we miss these articles from over a week ago???)

Republican Lawmakers Launch States' Rights Task Force


25 posted on 05/16/2010 11:42:25 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: Bokababe

“I believe that it can be stated as a universal maxim that the failures of our government can be traced to a single cause: the abandonment of federalism.”

yep, I would say that accounts for a significant portion.


26 posted on 05/16/2010 11:47:09 PM PDT by Rick_Michael (Have no fear "President Government" is here)
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To: ForGod'sSake
"How in the world did we miss these articles from over a week ago???"

I was thinking the same thing when I saw this one. How in the heck did I miss that at the time?

27 posted on 05/16/2010 11:48:41 PM PDT by Bokababe (Save Christian Kosovo! http://www.savekosovo.org)
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To: Bokababe
How in the heck did I miss that at the time?

To tell you the truth I feel a little embarrassed about it. I try to keep up with these developments but it occurrs to me it's been a while since I did a web search for new stuff. Shame on me!

I also discovered they've set up a facebook page. JMHO, but I think Freeper Facebookers could add considerable numbers and share our considerable insights in support of their effort.

10th Amendment Task Force

28 posted on 05/17/2010 12:16:23 AM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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To: Bokababe
"“The tenth Amendment was not written to protect states rights. Experience has shown that state governments can be just as abusive of their authority as any other government."

As much as I respect and voted for McClintock, he is wrong above. The 9th and 10th Amendments were specfically added to the Constitution to secure States' Rights! . There is no way to spin or parse or distort those Amendments.

Yes, State govs can be "abusive", but not so much as Fedgov which no one can avoid. You can always move to another State if you don't like their laws. I'm surprised about his interpretation of the 10th Amendment.

“The tenth Amendment is rather about dividing governmental authority to limit the abuse of power that naturally occurs when it accumulates into too few hands."

Sorta, kinda got the right idea, but no: It's about limiting Federal abuse that "naturally occurs when it accumulates into too few hands"...not State authority. That's a whole other legislative, executive, judicial matter that is more locally controlled by the People.

Does no one ever read the Founding Fathers' debates, periodicals, correspondence, diaries, et al any more that shows their INTENT? Even this guy has got it wrong.

STATES' RIGHTS ABOVE ALL!
I've been espousing it for years now.
It is the ONLY way back, short of revolution.

29 posted on 05/17/2010 12:51:47 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath Is Forever!)
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To: Bokababe
“Those states that are governed unwisely naturally lose population and commerce and revenues to those that are governed well. It is a self-correcting mechanism.

There's an engineering term for this....Inherent Stability....meaning if you leave a system alone, without additional inputs for which the system was not designed, the system will self-regulate and operate within its' parameters.

RIGHT (PUN INTENDED) ON THE MONEY!!!
30 posted on 05/17/2010 1:01:12 AM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!!! Be prepared for what's coming AFTER America.....)
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To: justsaynomore

Howdy, neighbor.

I concur on Price. He’s a class act.

Have you gotten in on any of his telephone town hall meetings? They’re good stuff as well.


31 posted on 05/17/2010 2:52:14 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: Man50D

>>Here’s a novel idea. Instead of increasing legislation, why not abolish those program and agencies that do not comply with the enumerated powers in Article 1 Section 8 thereby reducing the size and scope of government?<<

Great idea. Goodbye to Departments of Education, Energy, HHS, and an untold number of obsolete programs. Unfortunately, IRS is protected by Constitutional Amendment.

I’d go one step further. Limit Reps and Senators to three staffers only - one in Washington, one at home and a floater. Then sell off the excess office buildings to the public. Excluded from the sale are ALL politicians and their families, their staffs, lobbyists and anyone with ties to the federal and state governments.

That’s a good START.


32 posted on 05/17/2010 3:30:12 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Bokababe

Bump


33 posted on 05/17/2010 3:52:31 AM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE)
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To: NTHockey
Unfortunately, IRS is protected by Constitutional Amendment.

The IRS began in 1862 before the 16th Amendment was enacted in 1913. That amendment pertains only to taxing income. The Fair Tax Act(HR25/S296) will replace all federal income taxes and abolish the IRS. There is also concurrent legislation(House Joint Resolution 16) that begins the process of repealing the 16th Amendment.
34 posted on 05/17/2010 3:57:22 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Man50D

>>The IRS began in 1862 before the 16th Amendment was enacted in 1913. That amendment pertains only to taxing income. The Fair Tax Act(HR25/S296) will replace all federal income taxes and abolish the IRS. There is also concurrent legislation(House Joint Resolution 16) that begins the process of repealing the 16th Amendment.<<

Thanks for the correction. Just another example of treasonous actions on the part of the Yankee government and America’s first dictator.

Goodbye IRS.


35 posted on 05/17/2010 4:07:24 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Bokababe

B U M P


36 posted on 05/17/2010 6:44:37 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: Bokababe

“If the Left obeyed the 10th Commandment, maybe they would learn to obey the 10th Amendment. “

favorite quote of mine.


37 posted on 05/17/2010 7:28:24 AM PDT by rottndog (WOOF!!! Be prepared for what's coming AFTER America.....)
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To: Bokababe; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; ...
“We have reached that point, and the time has come to restore the genius of the American founding by restoring those principles of federalism that are the foundation of our freedom and the natural ramparts that protect us against both folly and despotism."



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38 posted on 05/17/2010 7:53:11 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Man50D

Here's a novel idea. Instead of increasing legislation, why not abolish those program and agencies that do not comply with the enumerated powers in Article 1 Section 8 thereby reducing the size and scope of government?


Indeed! Precisely what needs to be done.



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39 posted on 05/17/2010 8:20:08 AM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: dynachrome
McClintock is a good guy, though.

Indeed. He is one of the few people I respect in DC.

(And if you're ever in Central California visit his family's restaurant McClintock's. They have wonderful Buffalo Burgers and steaks).

40 posted on 05/17/2010 9:16:03 AM PDT by altair (Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent - Salvor Hardin)
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To: Bokababe

GOP TOM GO BTT


41 posted on 05/17/2010 9:23:40 AM PDT by jokar (The Church age is the only age man will be able to glorify Christ, http://www.gbible.org)
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To: ForGod'sSake

Tom McClintock is one of the few remaining good things about CA!

FYI Californians: Tom endorses Steve Poizner.


42 posted on 05/17/2010 10:12:15 AM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: A Navy Vet

No, he is correct. The delegation of authority is from the People, through their elected representatives in a Constitutional Convention, not the States. The People are the master, the state and federal government are the servants. The only power they have is what the People have given them through their written constitutions. In America, and this is an important difference from Europe, individuals retain power that they have not delegated. They kept back individual liberties from government over which authority was not delegated. The exercise therof was subject to the Maxim “sic utere tuo ut alienum non laedas” - each one must so use his own as not to injure his neighbor. (Equality of rights before the law.)

In France, the individual surrendered all his individual natural power in exchange for what was considered to be superior enumerated civil rights which were subject to the communal good.


43 posted on 05/17/2010 10:12:44 AM PDT by marsh2
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To: Clintonfatigued

Tom McClintock is more than a promise. He delivers.


44 posted on 05/17/2010 11:00:07 AM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: marron
National forests, national parks, national monuments, national wilderness lands should all be handed back to the states where they are located along with the personnel who manage those lands, for thes states to do with as they deem fit.

I wonder what that would mean for a place like Yellowstone, which is shared by Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. I suppose the three state legisl00tures could hammer out an agreement, subject to approval by Congress per the Constitution, of course.

45 posted on 05/17/2010 5:59:17 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (70 mph shouldn't be a speed limit; it shoud be a mandate!)
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To: Bokababe

I hope that this task force studies the ramifications of repealing the 17th Amendment, as long as they are all about dispersal of power back to the states and the people. Repeal would return us to a federal Senate, but could also give us more Democrat Senators.


46 posted on 05/17/2010 6:01:09 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (70 mph shouldn't be a speed limit; it shoud be a mandate!)
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To: marsh2
I more or less agree with your premise but it does raise at least one critical question: Does a State have a moral obligation if not Constitutional duty to become involved in the defense of its citizens against an overreaching feral government? Also, as the government nearer to "The People", would it not generally put the States in the positon of being more closely attuned to the will of its people?

Having read some of the Founders' thoughts and other writers that followed, it appears to me the idea was that The States themselves would be jealous guardians of their retained powers, thereby keeping the feral government in check.

I think we would all agree, something went awry.

47 posted on 05/18/2010 4:52:48 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have just two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!)
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