By Kelly McCutchen
“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.”
— Tenth Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America
The best way to check the powers of government is to keep government close to the people. The Tenth Amendment represented an attempt by our Founding Fathers to protect the states from the federal government. Unfortunately, this protection has been trampled by Congress, and the primary means used has been through unfunded federal mandates.
Federal mandates are laws or policies passed by Congress, such as the Motor Voter Law or the Clean Air Act, that state or local governments…