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The constitutional convention movement

By From page A5 | April 28, 2014

EDITOR:

Because of this constitutional convention movement, some have asked, “I thought the states were to rein in the federal government?” Yes, they should have been, but when you look at it, the states have become a major consumer of federal funding.

Federal funds make up almost 35 percent of the states’ annual budget. The states don’t want to rein in the feds — they don’t want to lose their federal funding. This is why the American people are being squeezed from both sides, federal and state, to pay taxes.

This is why the American middle class is shrinking and both federal and state governments are forever getting larger.

As Alexander Hamilton stated in the Federalist No 85, respecting the ratification of amendments, “that we may safely reply on the disposition of the state legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.” But today, our state legislatures don’t protect us from federal encroachments because we have been so dumbed down by progressive education that we no longer understand the proper role of government.

We no longer have statesmen in the halls of government.

JEFF MIKKELSEN
Shingle Springs

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