State Powers

The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.

<p>The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.</p>

Rep. Anthony Weiner announced this week that he's seeking treatment for sexual "addiction" -- mortifying in formation that a private person would want to keep to himself. But it soon may be difficult to keep any sensitive medical problem strictly between you and your doctor.

The 2009 stimulus and the Obama health law enacted last year established a national electronic health database that will hold and display your lifelong medical history -- making it accessible to a troubling number of strangers, including government employees and a variety of health-care personnel.

President Obama’s leftist ideology is killing the economy, rationing health care, and trashing the Constitution. That is the winning answer to the “Leftist or failure?” question recently posed by Charles Krauthammer. Should Republicans in 2012 hit Obama for being far to the left of the country, or should they point to his dismal economic record instead?

“The legislative cannot transfer the power of making laws to any other hands. . . . The power of the legislative, being derived from the people . . . [is] only to make laws, and not to make legislators.”

— John Locke
“Second Treatise of Government”

PHOENIX – From light bulbs to cheeseburgers, the federal government is more involved in the details of American life than ever before – and far more than the country’s Founders ever envisioned.

The federal government is tightening its control over the 50 states and the lives of every American. The U.S. Constitution, however, says states are supposed to be equal partners with the federal government. State sovereignty — allowing each state to control its own affairs — is the cornerstone of that equal partnership and critical to protecting Americans' freedom.

Below are 10 ways local policymakers and citizens can restore that balance of power and do what's best for the people of your state. (Click the infographic for larger, 8½x11" PDF version.)

The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades joined Jim Parisi to discuss a number of issues, including card check, TARP, the Fed and the flat tax.

Listen to it here

The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades appeared live with Garret Lewis on KNST in Tucson to talk about the Institute's lawsuit against the federal health care law, and some other hot button political issues.

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The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias appeared on Sun City Grand's TV22 to talk about the Constitution and federalism issues.

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PHOENIX – A groundswell is emerging among the 50 states to exercise their fundamental right to call a national convention that could propose new amendments to the U.S. Constitution and bring the federal government closer to the role intended by the Founders.

This is the third in a series of reports by Goldwater Institute senior fellow Robert G. Natelson on the power of state legislatures to initiate the process for amending the U.S. Constitution under Article V. The previous two reports explain that the purpose of the Article V amendments convention is to provide a parallel process whereby the states effect constitutional amendments.