Noted Quote: What Limited Federal Government?
The Founders established a balance of power between the federal government and state governments—what we call “federalism.” There were powers delegated to the federal government; everything else was “reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,” as the Tenth Amendment, the last of the ten Bill of Rights, later explained. Unfortunately, the ideal of a federal government limited by enumerated powers has eroded, slowly at first but gaining speed and momentum over the years, especially the last two. Thus, when a reporter for CNSNews asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last September if the Constitution allowed the federal government to require everyone to have health insurance or pay a fine, her response was, “Are you serious? Are you serious?” ~ From a Forbes column by Merrill Matthews