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>

Medicare is in serious trouble. The Medicare Trust Fund will be bankrupt in 2024, according to the 2011 Medicare Trustees Report — five years earlier than projected just last year.

Republicans have a plan to strengthen Medicare by giving beneficiaries more control over their health care, allowing patients and their doctors, not the federal government, to make decisions about their needs.

The Republican hearings this week on a cost-control panel for Medicare are drawing attention to a legal challenge that has been filed against it.

Diane Cohen, the lead attorney for plaintiffs challenging the Medicare board, is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Cohen will argue that Congress gave up too much of its power when it approved the creation of the 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) in the healthcare reform law. Critics of the panel hope the argument will resonate with Democrats on the committee.


In the last two decades, the Arizona Legislature has sent three measures to the ballot to raise legislative salaries. Only one, Proposition 302 in 1998 passed. Arizona voters have been wise. Although Arizona lawmakers are paid only $24,000 per year, often share staff, and have not had a pay raise since 1998, the state’s inadvertent frugality in this respect has helped protect freedom.

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.

Listen to it here