Yesterday the governor of Tennessee, democrat Phil Bredesen, got mention on Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and was interviewed by Fox News TV. While republican governors [Mark Sanford (SC), Bobby Jindal (LA) and others] who have discussed refusing part of the “stimulus” funds have been slammed by the media, and the democrats in congress, here is a DEMOCRAT governor who is also considering refusing part of the "stimulus funds." The biggest concern for Bredesen and other governors is the funding to expand unemployment benefits. In his Fox News TV interview, Bredesen said the expansion of benefits would be "a good thing," but "there's a cost for states down the road" and Tennessee employers could wind up paying higher taxes to cover those costs when the federal money runs out after two years.
I sent an email to Gov. Bredesen thanking him for his consideration of the long term cost to the employers for this provision in the bill. I was also going to suggest that the Tennessee legislature file a resolution to affirm state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and demand the federal government halt its practice of assuming powers and of imposing mandates upon the states for purposes not enumerated by the Constitution. I have read here on Redstate.com of several other states which have passed such legislation, or are in the process of passing legislation. I did an internet search to find a list of such states, and discovered that, lo and behold, legislators in Tennessee submitted House Joint Resolution 108 (HJR0108) on February 18th. While it’s non-binding, it is well stated. It begins:
A RESOLUTION to affirm Tennessee’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and to demand the federal government halt its practice of assuming powers and of imposing mandates upon the states for purposes not enumerated by the Constitution of the United States.
Halting the practice of assuming powers not enumerated is a great first step. Rolling back all the previous unconstitutional legislation is also necessary in the future.
You can read the rest of the resolution here.
P.S. Don’t forget the Tea Party in Nashville, Friday February 27 from 12 – 1 pm at the Legislative Plaza, 6th and Union St, downtown Nashville. See you there?