Tenth Amendment Stages Comeback

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America ought to possess a clearly defined and laid out set of municipal jurisdictions; the states having one level of control in governing, while the federal branches of government have their own, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) said at The Heritage Foundation Bloggers Briefing on July 27, 2010.

Rep. Bishop is on the Tenth Amendment Task Force in Congress. Back in 2007, a quarter of a million people working for the federal government set down and established official bylaws and regulations on the American public, with approximately four thousand joining them in this task each year, Rep. Bishop pointed out.

“We have a developed national government that basically touches everything you do,” said the Utah Congressman. This is a core issue tied to the concept of the Republican Party, the Utah Republican asserted.

“They [the Framers] thought they were establishing a national government that would do a few things well, instead what we have developed is a national government that does a whole lot of stuff and most of it extremely poorly,” asserts the Congressman.

The states can employ justice and creativity to provide the same services for the people, while adapting to the unique circumstances and needs of the time, with “efficiency that will never be done by the federal government,” Rep. Bishop claimed.

“The federal government should only do those things that affect everybody,” were Bishop’s words on the concept of general welfare. All else should be handed over to smaller levels of government which can better take care of what needs to be done, he argued.

The object is to “decentralize power to try and give better service to citizens,” Rep. Bishop argues. This is the building up of a partnership between the federal and state administrations on government programming to provide the members of society with the services they need with efficiency, dignity, and equality.

“We need to look at things differently and challenge our assumptions,” he asserted. Now is the time to break out of the old ways of thinking to keep the process of Federalism moving forward, which in turn, will empower the states with authentic constitutional weight and authority to “stand up and push back,” he said.

Kristin Theresa Jaroma is an intern at the American Journalism Center, a training program run by Accuracy in Media and Accuracy in Academia.