March 6th, 2009
05:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Stimulus raises state sovereignty issues

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Some state lawmakers are pushing for sovereignty from the federal government."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican lawmakers from more than 20 states across the country are willing to take federal funding, but only on their terms.

From Montana to South Carolina, lawmakers in mostly red states have pushed ahead with measures calling for state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment, saying the federal government has overstepped its bounds with the stimulus package. The states are calling for the right to ignore laws they deem unconstitutional.

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  1. Dal, in CA

    We in California are willing to take the money from all those red states who do not. We in California will work with the government to do research in the new biofuels and also the stem cell research.. We in California will take all that money if you do not want it.
    We in California will try to make USA viable again.

    March 6, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. Ellie

    If these Republican jerk-offs are NOT careful, the Senate in their state will strip them of their powers when it comes to the Stimulus money like they did to the Governor in Alabama.

    March 6, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  3. Carl from MI

    Yeah... good luck with that!!

    Maybe they'll secede from the United States of America, form their own nation and start another civil war!!

    They're from the south... so they don't even need to create a new flag, they can just use the old Confederate flag!!

    Glory, glory hallelujah!! It's time for the South to rise again!!

    Wait a minute... things didn't turn out so well for them last time!!

    Like I said... good luck with that!!!

    March 6, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  4. Andy

    The sovereignty of states is absolutely critical, and any infringement nullifies the Constitution, via the 10th ammendment. Should the Federal Gov't continue to exercise powers that are not specifically enumerated to it by the Constitution, then the Constitution would be nullified. States wouldn't have to secede, because there wouldn't be an entity to secede from. There WILL BE NO UNITED STATES if the federal government makes the Constitution moot. States like New Hampshire, Arizona, Oklahoma, etc are on top of this, and shouldn't shy away from being more vocal about their opposition to tyranny.

    Perfect example would be mandatory civil service of all 18 plus year old citizens in an Obama youth, or some other nonsense. Try to regulate farms, and nationalize private businesses, for no other reason than that come April 15th the feds are going to realize that they don't even have enough tax revenue to pay off the interest on the national debt. These things are happening, and pretty soon with the flick of Obama's wrist, and a scratch of a pen, FEMA will be in complete charge of the United States with the Constitution will be indefinitely suspended.

    YOU CANNOT SUSPEND THE CONSTITUTION. This is despotic, tyrannical madness. States have very little time left on this issue. Long live the people. Look at Rahm Emmanual and Hillary Clinton's own words: "We cannot let this crisis go to waste" They have too big of a tyrranical agenda and way too many individual freedoms that need to be taken away from the people, which they may never get a chance to do if they don't adequately capitalize on this "crisis".

    God bless Americans (individual Americans, not some collectivist notion of America)! The government's only job should be to protect people's individual liberties. God help us, and we should all pray that this crisis does go to waste, as to upset government plans to usurp individual liberties.

    March 6, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. Texas Teacher

    This is so typically republican! Honest to Pete, these people actually think that we don't remember who they are... and what they did to this country! We voted overwhelmingly for OBAMA... NOT YOU!

    March 6, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Brian

    Glad to see some states have the sense to do what the congress didn't do. Some of the strings attached to "stimulus" money will burden states for years to come. I think a lot of these concerns could all be summed up as unfunded mandates. The "Spendulous" gives a state $ for 2009, but permanently alters state laws to continue funding or altering program eligibilty which is in place long after the one shot of money is gone. Thanks for standing up for your states!

    March 6, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  7. Santa Maria

    Come on, Obama and the democrats don't care about that crummy old constitution...he won't even prove his eligibility. So transparent that he is like a cement wall (and just as smart)

    March 6, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Tbone85

    You want the money, take the strings. You want to be independent turn the money over to another state. You think you can ignore federal laws, prepare yourself for the consequences.

    March 6, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  9. vst

    Tell Pelosi to stop Bloomberg and the MTA from increasing fares...

    Give NYC some of that pork!!!

    March 6, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  10. S Callahan

    Everyone has the right to disagree...but consider with states rights you have real live persons living in that states and they have real, dire, needs to be met. Failure to take help puts those person at risk....f you cause your fellow man to go you want that on your conscience?
    As a nation someway somehow, there has to come a point of consensus to what is good for the nation. We owe it to our forefathers to fight to keep this nation on it's feet!

    March 6, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. WAW

    These ole boys down here in the South would still be flying the Confederate flag if they could (and some do). The Republican Party in the South was nothing but carpetbaggers until Julian Bond's Delegation from Georgia was seated at the Democratic Convention instead of the segregated Democratic state leaders. Them old boys came home Republicans. Nixon understood the potential and took them in, the rest is history. They don't understand that their great-granddaddies lost the war. We are right back to where it started, a popular President from Illinois and South Carolina talking states rights. Save your Confederate money boys, the South gonna rise again!

    March 6, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    I know that Barack Obama loves to think and act like Lincoln. This usaully serves him and the Republic well. But if these states ever want to leave the Union again.....maybe we should let them go this time.

    March 6, 2009 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. Bev

    It is amazing to me how blind the American public has become to what is happening right now in his country...and I blame the liberal news media for not informing them. You people have no idea what is about to happen...and how long it is going to take for us to fix it. The President of our country has just insulted the British government (and they're ANGRY and you have no idea), we insulted the Russians, we ticked off North Korea who is threatening war... The stock market is in a free fall....and all the Dems can do is say it's Bush's fault (which it's not) and attack a conservative radio host who happens to run the #1 political talk show in the country. WAKE UP PEOPLE. Thank heavens we have people at the state level who will protect us from this mess. But if the American people don't get out of this fantasy their in the Dems are going to put us in the worst situation we've ever been in and if the news media keeps not reporting about truth...our children and their children are going to be paying the price for decades.

    March 6, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Linda Lawrence

    A lot of this money should be used to build large buildings, hire older responsible people to run these factories and start hiring the people.

    Manufacture the items and products that we need and use here.

    Our people need the jobs.
    Do not get the young, just out of college that have no idea how to run anything; use the older, 50's people who know what work ethics are and know how to make money.

    March 6, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. Penn Voter

    Fairly simple....The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

    The Federal Government receives its authority from the Constitution that was ratified by the States, all other authority is reserved by the States.

    March 6, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  16. DonnieJ

    You're right Penn Voter – it is fairly simple. The federal government has the right to refuse to give those states any money at all. Go ahead, states, do whatever you want! Just don't hold your hand out for federal $$ if you refuse to follow the strings that will be attached to it.

    March 7, 2009 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  17. Comradio

    Social conservatives, know that I will be first in line to sign up for the northern army this time around and I know the TRUTH about why I'd be there not so AM simpleton fantasy. Do it. Because another thing I know is that you're not as big as you think you are.

    March 7, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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