The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
That seems pretty simple doesn't it? A power that can't be found in the Constitution as "enumerated" (that's spelled out clearly for the folks in Washington DC) is reserved to the states for their handling unless it is prohibited by that very same Constitution for the states to do that. Short, sweet and to the point.
It captures what the Founding Fathers had in mind...a limited government that would not be able to intrude very heavily on the prerogatives of the states. Where has the concept gone?
A tax on carbon dioxide emissions? "I breathe therefore I emit..."
Universal national health care? A mandate of how many miles per gallon a car must deliver if they will allow it to be produced? A requirement to hire someone preferentially because of their ethnicity? Government choosing to fund or not support competing businesses? It would be damned tough to find those authorities enumerated in the Constitution.
Why then do we allow...no, why then do we demand that our government do them? We lose our freedom in the process, but no one seems to care.
So, this comes to us from the governor of my state:
Texas Reaffirms State Sovereignty
How appropriate that it comes on the eve of "Redistribution of Wealth" day, that annual festivity when 10% of Americans provide 70% of the money to run their government for the coming year as 40% of the population awaits their handouts for fairness.
Will anyone take heed?