Feb. 27, 2013 9:50 am
To pull it all together, you need to read Article VI, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution which is known as the Supremacy Clause. This section provides that the Constitution, federal statutes, and U.S. treaties are the highest form of law in the U.S. legal system . . . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supremacy_Clause *** The tenth amendment was an attempt by the states to limit the powers of the central government to only those expressed by the constitution rather than having the federal government claim their exercise of power came from implied, but unwritten interpretations. A must read is the Commerce Clause (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3) as it has become the means for essentially nullifying the tenth amendment, and allowing a broad, and expansive centralized government. When interstate commerce didn’t allow for power to be exerted, money recycled from collection of federal income taxes by sending it back to the states allowed the federal government to gain greater control and influence over such things as schools, medical care, entitlement programs, etc. While our forefathers had a concept of a limited central government with a belief that government closer to the people would be more responsive to their needs (i.e., state and local), we’ve moved more to the centralized vs. decentralized organizational model over the past several decades (real shift began in the 1930’s after the Great Depression). Nearly all corporations in the world today have moved much more toward decentralized decision making as a few people at the top of the pyramid trying to make decisions for those people closest to the situation doesn’t work well . . . movement away from centralization to decentralization by the old Soviet Union (now Russia), China, India and other sovereigns govt’s. suggests they didn’t think it worked well either, and their economies have showed great improvement since changing course.