Over the past few years, Repub­li­cans have been ei­ther ac­qui­esc­ing in or en­cour­ag­ing the ac­qui­si­tion of more power and con­trol by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment — in pol­icy shifts in ed­u­ca­tion, health care, and even how a driver’s li­cense looks.

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

The 10th Amend­ment de­fines the lim­its of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in 28 words: “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.”

Over the past few years, Repub­li­cans have been ei­ther ac­qui­esc­ing in or en­cour­ag­ing the ac­qui­si­tion of more power and con­trol by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment — in pol­icy shifts in ed­u­ca­tion, health care, and even how a driver’s li­cense looks.

Dur­ing my 10 years as a gov- about or seem to care the least about, de­spite the nu­mer­ous at­tempts by gov­er­nors, Demo­crat and Repub­li­can to ex­plain, was that a state driver’s li­cense is just what it claims to be — a li­cense to drive a mo­tor ve­hi­cle. It is not proof of cit­i­zen­ship, good be­hav­ior or church at­ten­dance, and the peo­ple who work the counter at the state Depart­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles are not trained law en­force­ment of­fi­cers, im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials, CIA agents or de­tec­tives. They are typ­i­cally en­trylevel state em­ploy­ees who do their best, but are hardly the nally were able to con­vince Congress that some of the de­ci­sions for the pro­gram could be made bet­ter if made closer to the peo­ple be­ing served.

Per­haps no other ex­am­ple is more glar­ing than hav­ing painfully watched so-called Wash­ing­ton con­ser­va­tives aban­don the most fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple of con­ser­vatism — fis­cal re­straint. A Repub­li­can ad­min­is­tra­tion pushed for and got the au­thor­ity to spend $700 bil­lion that we had to bor­row from our grand­chil­dren’s fu­ture so we could do what gov­ern­ment

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