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States' Rights


Unfortunately, the defense of states' rights has been used in the past as a vehicle to shield reprehensible behavior in the form of racial segregation. But despite this history, the concept of leaving to the states the right to deal with most questions of day-to-day life, a concept legitimized in the Constitution, is a good one.


We view the creation of federally mandated, but unfunded, obligations for the states to be the greatest current assault on states' rights carried out by the federal government.

We believe that the same principle handed  down by John Marshall in McCulloch v. Maryland that “the power to tax is the power to destroy,” ought to also ban such unfunded mandates. Absent such a judicial remedy, we would oppose federal laws that impose significant financial burdens on the states without federal financial support.



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