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The Tenth Amendment v. Federalism: Why the States Should Fight Back Against the Ever-Increasing Overreach of the Federal Government.

by Tyler Harding
Class of 2012

The Father of the Constitution, James Madison defined what he considered to be the appropriate interplay between the powers of the federal government and the states when he wrote in Federalist Paper No. 45 (Madison), 

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce ....The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.

Clearly, the Tenth Amendment and the Constitution at large, were indented to provide differentiated responsibilities to the federal government and to the states. It is important that Americans understand the erosion of State Autonomy over the last seventy years and that voters begin to push back against this encroachment by the federal government.

Over the course of the last hundred and fifty years, the role of the federal government in administrating state and local affairs has manifestly expanded. The process of centralization began in earnest in the 1930s during the Great Depression. The economic stagnation caused by the collapse of the stock market in 1929 and a series of misguided tariffs that stifled global trade thrust one out of every five Americans out of a job and into the ranks of the unemployed. In response to the crisis, President Herbert Hoover initiated a series of programs to ameliorate the plight of beleaguered American workers (Rothbard 1963). His successor, Franklin Roosevelt, dramatically expanded the scope of the programs encroaching on the traditional powers of the states by passing a veritable alphabet soup of acts designed to "improve the prosperity and living conditions" of the American people. The new legislation included abuses like the Agricultural Adjustment Act that forced farmers to destroy a portion of the crop that they grew, so that agricultural prices would rise. Another New Deal program the National Recover Administration or NRA, attempted to get Americans back to work by setting “fair-practice codes1, (code for price controls) in an attempt to eliminate "cutthroat competition". In seven cases the Supreme Court repudiated FDR's New Deal and its expansion of federal powers over intrastate affairs (Beech 2009).

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2012 GIRC scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to
Tyler Harding, a home educated senior in Irving on receiving the 2012 Greater Irving Republican Club (GIRC) Scholarship Award

At their monthly meeting on May 1, 2012, the Greater Irving Republican Club (GIRC) awarded a one-thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarship to Tyler Harding.

The college scholarship committee presenting the award consisted of Chairman Erin Perdue, Oscar Ward, Brian Perkins, Don Van Slyke, Scott Gaither, and Mike Ogbeide.  The Greater Irving Republican Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM at Spring Creek Barbecue in Irving.

The requirements for the scholarship were:
• Graduating high school senior
• Resident Citizen of Irving
• Cumulative grade point average of
3.0 or better

The applicants were also required to complete an application that included a teacher recommendation and an original 500 to 600 word essay entitled “Taking Back America, Restoring Her Freedom”.

The GIRC plans to continue to award a scholarship each year to students who reside in the city of Irving.

Tyler Harding, Oscar Ward and Michael Huebner