President Bush . . . has spoken of the importance of the constitutional principle of federalism. Shortly after his inauguration, Bush said, "I’m going to make respect for federalism a priority in this administration." Unfortunately, the president’s actions have not matched his words. Federal police agents and prosecutors continue to raid medical marijuana clubs in California and Arizona.And as Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in dissenting from the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the power of the federal government to regulate medical marijuana:
If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause, then it can regulate virtually anything — and the Federal Government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers.That's the principle that Chuck Grassley defends. Republicans claim to be the small-government party — and President Obama's policies on taxes, spending, and regulation certainly justify a view that the GOP is, if not a small-government party, at least the smaller-government party — but they forget those principles when it comes to imposing their social values through federal force.
Posted on March 20, 2009 Posted to Cato@Liberty
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