over states' rights
3 February 2006 - Orange County Register
Bob Constantine makes
a perfectly logical assertion when he says that our two illustrious
senators represent the values and wishes of the majority of Californians.
After all, we keep sending them back to Washington, donít we? Weíll
leave the statistical analysis of calling 7 million votes out of
22 million eligible voters a "vast majority" for another time.
this logical leap behind him, I found his list of issues with the
Bush administration amusing to no end. He rightly decries the federal
propensity to trample statesí rights, but doesnít notice how the
rest of the items on his list conflict with that view. Allowing
current workers under 50 to opt-out of Social Security (hardly the
"dismantling" he fears) would return federal tax money to hard-working
citizens to invest as they wish, at the same time freeing states
to consider implementing their own state-funded pension plans if
they wish. The much-touted "womanís right to choose" comes from
an edict handed down by the federal Supreme Court, handcuffing a
stateís right to define for itself what constitutes murder and what
is an allowable medical procedure. Federalized health care would
make obsolete any programs necessary to individual states but useless
to others, just as federal marriage regulations (defining who can
marry who) would make obsolete any decisions states have made for
themselves on that topic.
that in each case, regardless of his stated concern for statesí
rights, Mr. Constantine wants more federal intervention rather
than less. Sounds like someoneís confused, and it ainít the
Register or "the kooky right wing of Orange County".