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What if the solution to Washington… wasn’t in Washington? The 50 states could be America’s secret weapon against an ever-expanding federal government. States can amend the constitution to demand fiscal responsibility in Washington, can request that federal regulation comply with local ordinances, and can form interstate compacts to better protect constitutional rights. The Goldwater Institute is providing a roadmap for states to reassert their power under the Tenth Amendment.

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  • The States Didn’t Start the Fire Sale—But They Can Put It Out.

    Posted on March 18, 2014 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    The writing is on the wall for Washington’s unsustainable debt-fueled fiscal policy. Just last week, the Telegraph reported that central banks commenced a worldwide “fire sale” of $106 billion in U.S. Treasuries. And yet, there is no leadership from the beltway to fix the national debt. Instead, last month, the federal statutory debt limit was suspended yet again.

  • Compact For A Balanced Budget

    Posted on November 20, 2013 | Type: Article

    49 states have a balanced budget requirement or debt limit. They are far from perfect, but they keep most States out of the situation faced by the federal government—which borrows nearly 50 cents of every dollar spent. It is time we learn from the States. Based on what debt limits have worked best in the States over 150 years of trial and error, the Compact for America approach to Article V amendments advances a powerful Balanced Budget Amendment that will finally bring sanity to the federal government's finances. An interstate compact provides the vehicle to advance the BBA because it transforms the otherwise cumbersome state-initiated amendment process under Article V of the United States Constitution into a “turn-key” operation.

  • Strassel: Driving Dick Durbin

    Posted on October 31, 2013 | Type: In the News

    The Illinois senator targets the American Legislative Exchange Council, whose reform proposals hit trial lawyers in the pocketbook.

  • Cheaters Revenge Meets the New World Order

    Posted on May 15, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    What does poisoning a goldfish to get revenge on a cheating spouse have to do with the President’s power to make treaties? The constitutionally correct answer is: Nothing at all. Unfortunately, that’s not how the Obama Administration sees it. The Administration is claiming power to get into a domestic dispute under the authority of a chemical weapons treaty. And it is aggressively advancing the proposition that Congress’s power is essentially unlimited when based on the treaty power.

  • States Can Impose Fiscal Discipline on Washington

    Posted on May 01, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Corieri

    As the battle over Medicaid expansion rages, supporters of expansion have dusted off an age-old favorite in making the case for taking federal dollars - “If our state doesn’t take the money, those dollars will just go to some other state instead.”

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