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States’ Rights: Does the federal government exceed its authority?

The wave of Tea Party-backed representatives and senators voted into office last election had a central, common goal: a hands-off federal government.

On the state level, this is playing out across the country with proposed laws that attempt to dismantle Washington’s authority to regulate a range of things, from business to food.

This week, the New York Times reported on this trend of anti-federal bills being debated at the state level. They include
  • Kentucky attempting to declare itself a sanctuary from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Arizona’s push to make products created and consumed within its borders exempt from federal commerce laws.
  • Montana debating an override of federal endangered-species laws.
  • Georgia’s proposal to make banks accept payment in silver and gold.

The states’ rights provision is in the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “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.”
These legislators are exercising what is known as states’ rights, a guarantee in the Bill of Rights that any powers not given to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution are given to the states. For example, the federal government has the power to declare war and collect taxes, whereas the state governments make laws regarding family matters (marriage, divorce, adoption) and commerce within its own borders.

At the time of our nation’s founding, the 10th Amendment was meant to keep the government from becoming all-powerful, allowing states to craft laws based on their specific local needs. That’s what this new wave of laws purport to do. Their supporters feel the federal government has too much power.

But the laws are criticized in the Times story as all talk – symbolic proposals meant to make a point and criticize the Obama administration, but not actually expected to pass. Even if they did pass, federal law almost always trumps state law. Additionally, there’s the irony of making a smaller federal government by adding more laws at the state level. And some critics feel they distract lawmakers from more important tasks – like balancing the budget.

But supporters of the bill are quite serious. Sen. Brandon Smith of Kentucky told the Times that the EPA has overstepped its authority. “I’m not sure what will happen, but obviously it is our intent to get some relief,” he said. “[The bill] sends a very clear message that there has been a lot of overreaching.”

What do you think?

Does the federal government have too much authority? Are these laws fair attempts to rope in federal power? Do you think they’ll get passed? Do you think they distract lawmakers from other issues? Join the discussion!
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9/23/2017
Clay, AL
Cheyenne
Jefferson County International Baccauloriatte Middle School
Looking at this as a citizen of Alabama, I can relate to some of what is being said here, I have a socratic seminar in a few days and this is helping me to get an Idea of what's going to be expressed there, I am also coming up with questions for it, this is also a great help, thanks a lot!

4/20/2016
Phenix City/AL
Jason
CVCC
To see what powers the federal government has look at Article 1, section 8 of the constitution.

2/24/2016
Lake Geneva, WI
Lily
Badger High School
The federal government is overall corrupt as it is, with Republicans and Democrats constantly going at each other's throats like little kids with butter knives. Conflicts aren't going to be resolved any time soon and, like butter knives, the damage is pointless. If anything, give more power to the states. At least there is more variety between viewpoints. Sure, states can still be as bias as the federal branches, but power is more evenly spread throughout. Why keep giving the little children more power when it's obviously not logical to do so?

1/28/2016
clinton/tennessee
taylor
leverton/Clinton High School
Yes states should have some rights, but look at it this way, the federal goverment is like the grandma and the states are its grandchildren, with out the federal goverment we wouldnt be who we are today.

4/20/2015
Arlington,Texas
Matta
Arlington High
The federal gov't has strong armed its way into claiming jurisdiction over much more than they actually have jurisdiction over.Today we have regular folks who work for gov't agencies who have never even read the statutes they claim their authority from and further from that,they do not even have actual granted authority to make the rules they do or enforce or lay and collect fines and fees from.The federal gov't has basically lied and bullied and used trickery with specially defined words and phrases within statutes and codes and public laws to become the behemoth wasteful,unfriendly,unConstitutional gaggle of worthless oath breakers,liars and root of all corruption it has become.Voiding all the improperly claimed authority and shutting down all these wasteful and harmful agencies running the people and the country into the ground needs to happen now.Authority such as asset forfeiture is wrong and a total violation of rule of law set up to self breed using its own corrupt framework.Sovereignty of the State is claimed today and that it is of a "more higher sovereignty" where in reality the people are higher and always will be b/c the State can only derive its sovereignty from the people and the people are born sovereign.Yes,the federal gov't uses methods, any and all normal people have always deemed being improper,fraudulent,unfair and just wrong. Learn law and assert your rights and deny the gov't what it claims. Silence is acquiescense,if you stay silent when you know a wrong is before you, you are folding and should be ashamed of yourself.

11/28/2014
NC
Domenic
Johnston County Early College Academy
I believe that the government does have more power then it possibly should. I personally think that the citizens should have a say in the depictions that are made because they affect us. I do think that the government should still enforce the laws/rules, but let the citizens vote on things like controversial topics.

9/24/2014
White Swan/WA
Christopher
Bassett/White Swan High School
Of course the gov't would have to much power and they do because they don't know how to use it properly so when they do use the power they have they use it for the wrong reason

9/7/2014
MA
Julie
Bromfield
Of course the government has too much power!! If anyone disagrees with me, I don't care. But here's two words. BRING IT

5/1/2014
New York
John
St Peters
In retrospect, of course the government has too much power LOL

4/16/2014
vermilion ohio
nick
habeck
i think the government doesnt have to much authority

4/16/2014
Vermilion
Bryan
Vermilion High School
I feel that every state is going to go bad in the future because of how we all are right now.

4/16/2014
Vermilion, Ohio
Callie
Mr.Pisano
I think that the states have enough power. You wouldn't want them to have too much power and then start breaking laws.

4/16/2014
Ohio
Trevor
Vermilion
I believe that the federal government does have to much power. The 10th amendment was given for a reason not just so states can be over run by the federal government. This amendment was given by the great people in our American history who wanted everyone to be equal and no one feel as if they are at their knees when in front of the government. Everyone should feel as if they can shake hands and be equal.

4/15/2014
VERMILION
TYLER
MR.PISANO
KENTUCKAY NEEDS TO HAVE EPA SO THEY CAN HAVE A CLEAN STATE

4/15/2014
Vermilion, Ohio
Matt
Mr.Pisano
I I feel like the states have enough power within what they're controlling. I also think the bills will not pass, I feel like the bills aren't really important to make the state a better place to be.

4/15/2014
Ohio
Emmy
Vermilion High School
I think to states should have power to an extent, but I also believe the Federal Government should have a good majority of the power to decide our rules. With the government calling the shots our country would be totally equal and united.

4/15/2014
Ohio
Emily
Vermilion
I think some of these ideas are crazy, like Georgia. Most people don't just carry around gold and silver in their purses and pockets. That wouldn't be very smart because then it would only put the US more in debt.

4/15/2014
Ohio
Lexie
pisano
I disagree with the idea that the federal government has to much authority because if they dident have this much authority then the world would fall apart and everything will get ruwend.

4/15/2014
Vermilion
branden
Mr. Pisano VHS
I think the government has too much power because they can make taxes very high, they can make more laws and we get no say in it. The are over powered a lot.

4/7/2014
Cy
Mikey Campbell
Mr casertaño ledyard high
I disagree with the idea that the federal government has too much authority, and that these laws are just distractions for more important issues. One such bill for a distraction would be where Kentucky attempts to declare itself a sanctuary from the EPA. The EPA covers nation wide pollution and wild life. By declaring itself a sanctuary, Kentucky would be able to pollute its environment and be void of any punishment. In addition to this, Kentucky would not be on page with the rest of the country's EPA enforcement. The government needs to stop this nonsense, or something bad might actually happen right under their noses.

4/5/2014
Ledyard/CT
Elroie Fiseha
Mr. Casertano
No, i dont think that the federal government has too much authority. The states have many rights like the power to establish marriage laws, conduct elections, regulate trade, manage out affairs, and establish schools. The United States had already tried to give the states alot of power in the articles of confederation, and that failed. The United States needs a strong federal govt. to keep our country structured, and because these laws dont encourage this idea, i dont believe they will get passed.

4/3/2014
Ledyard, CT
Christian Lombardi
Mr. Casertano
In my opnion the federal government has too much power. They dont know what happens in the different states just what their reports say. They dont have the right to tell people in montana not to hunt endangered species. They dont know wether or not the species is bothering the enviroment and wether there is alot. The federal government keeps stackig all these powers onto themselves taking power away from the states. The federal government needs to back off and give the states their power back. The federal government has already started taking over our schools which was a full power of the states. Not anymore. The federal government has taken way to much from the states already and we need to stop them before they take too much.

4/3/2014
Gales Ferry
Jeff
Mr.Casertano
States do not have enough power. With Montana trying to override the federal endangered-species laws. Montana has a lot of open fields and hunting areas. It is not right for the federal government to limit Montana's bounds in their own state.

2/26/2014
bronx ny
Tremaine Brown
Ms.Pendergrass
I feel that these laws should not allow the federal government to exceed its authority for an example how the laws give more power to the government for wiretapping phones and email we know that the government is trying to keep our country safe from terrorist attacks but try to find another way to catch criminals think about our privacy

4/3/2013
Ledyard, CT
Kevin Konrad
Ms. Dubreil
Personally I feel that these laws should not be allowed to be passed by the states. These states are trying to give themselves far too much freedom from the US government. States should simply not be able to declare themselves exempt from anything that the government tries to make them do. Should states be given too much freedom then our nation will backtrack to the times of the Articles of Confederation in terms of the organizational level of the government. Back in those times the central government did not posses enough power to reign in the states and get them to work together as a cohesive whole. As a result the states functioned as separate entities that couldn't even agree on a currency. Should states keep being granted freedom then the only way the nation can go is backwards.

4/1/2013
Ledyard ct
Jalen Langworthy
Mrs. Smith
In my opinion i believe that the federal goverment does not have too much power over the states. Its really important to have a strong federal goverment and be able to stick together as one nation. I deffinetly agree with my peers that its fine if other states want to change the "menial" laws. On the other hand the federal goverment should be followed. many people have different meanings of "menial." Its actually pretty hard to find a real deffintion of the word. There should be less arguement between states. Everyone needs to remember we're all apart of america where everything doesnt go. I dont think the goverment should be focused on who has more power because his will eventually distract lawmakers from other issues.

4/1/2013
Ledyard, CT
Tyler Kemp
Mrs. Smith/LHS
I don't like that the government has a small influence on people, because the state takes alot of power, the people should be obligated to share at least some of it.

4/1/2013
Ledyard/Connecticut
Seany Boy Curtin
Mrs.Smith/LHS
I do not think that the federal government. I believe that the federal government has a reasonable amount of power in hand. When there is a part of government that has a decent amount of power, that makes a strong and secure country. The government should have enough power to govern the states. I believe these laws are pointless and waste of time.

4/1/2013
ledyard
bobby
ms. smith
i think the federal government does not have too much authority. checks and balences insure that both the state and federal governments should have equal power/authority considering that both governments rely on each other in running the nation. these laws are making this issue bigger than it needs to be, the lawmakers have more important, practical issues to deal with than this.

4/1/2013
ledyard / CT
Sabrina Mabee
Mrs.smith / ledyard high school
Yes , i do think that the federal goverment have way to much authority. The reason why i say this is because the have the power to declare war, which is a big part in the world to have the control to do so. They also have power to collect taxes which is another big part and many ohter powers that they control. nI dont think that them having this much power is i think unfair and should mot be passed. I think that lawmaker are going to pass this because then someone has the power and control to make things better

4/1/2013
Ledyard/CT
Zachary Jones
Mrs. Smith/ Ledyard High School
My opinion of whether the federal government has too much authority, is that the federal government should have less involvement in the use of fertilizer and other possibly harmful pollutants with the EPA having a smaller budget which would free up money for other struggling parts of government. I think that in current government lawmakers will pass most bills that involve the EPA. This almost always seems to distract lawmakers and sways lawmakers toward the federal governments side.

4/1/2013
north stonington, CT
lawrence
mrs. smith ledyard high school
A federal government allows the people to have control over how much power the government has and allows them to make their own laws that cover things not covered at the national level. That being said, i feel that those states have a right, given to the in the 10th amendment, to pass these laws to restrict the national governments effects on local issues.

4/1/2013
Ledyard, Conn.
Spencer
Smith / Ledyard High School
The federal government does not have too much power. under the articles of confederation, first constitution made, the states were given too much power and it resulted very badly. if we reduce the amout of power the federal government holds, the union will spit up the same way it did buring the articles of confederation. woo!

4/1/2013
Gales Ferry/ CT
Kayla
Mrs. Smith/ Ledyard High
Yes, the federal government does have too much authority. The Federal government has the power to declear war and collect taxes. The state governments make laws that regard family matters like marrige, divorse, adoption and commerce within its own border. I don't think they will be passed because many people don't want the federal government to have that kind of power.

4/1/2013
Ledyard/CT
Zachary Jones
Mrs. Smith/ Ledyard High School
My opinion of whether the federal government has too much authority, is that the federal government should have less involvement in the use of fertilizer and other possibly harmful pollutants with the EPA having a smaller budget which would free up money for other struggling parts of government. I think that in current government lawmakers will pass most bills that involve the EPA. This almost always seems to distract lawmakers and sways lawmakers toward the federal governments side.

4/1/2013
Ledyard Connecticut
Jeremy
Mrs. Smith Ledyard High school
I think that the federal government does not have to much power. The federal governtment is the base of the power of the states and without it the states would become over powerful or under powerful. Needed laws would be over ruled and some laws would be created that would create segregation between certain groups of people or states.

4/1/2013
New London/ CT
Carla
Mrs. Smith/ LHS
In my opinion, I don't really think that the government has a big influence on people. The states tend to hog most of the power for themsleves instead of seperating the power equally throughout each state. In the 10th amendment, it states that one state isn't entilted to all of the power. It also says that the power is based on the "specific local needs" .

4/1/2013
Ledyard/Connecticut
Tyler DeCosta
Mrs. Smith/Ledyard High School
I believe that the power of the Federal Government should stay the same. The states and founders of the U.S. Constitution made sure that we would not have a(n) over powered government. The Bill Of Rights specifically states that the powers that are not given to the Federal Government in the U.S. Constitution, are reserved for the states. This should be kept the same and should be protected so we don't have a government that tries to take over the U.S. The Federal Government does not have the right to elections, health, and/or state welfare. These rights were however, given to the states from the Constitution. If the Tenth Amendment were to give more power to the Federal Government, then I believe that the Federal Government would become too overpowered. As of right now, the power of the Federal Government is appropriate.

3/31/2013
Ledyard, CT
Raych
Mrs. Dubreuil/Ledyard High School
If the federal government was working within its limits and not overstepping its boundaries, I would say that it does not have too much authority. However, in the current situation, I believe that the federal government does have too much authority. For example, the federal government is currently in control of the health care system, which should be run by the states. This is taking away the right of the states to make health care systems which are fitting for the majority of their people, and is distracting the federal government from other issues which are their responsibility, like balancing the budget. However, I do not believe that the laws proposed by Kentucky, Arizona, Montana, and Georgia are fair attempts to rope in federal power. These are ridiculous laws that were only proposed to make a point and secondarily annoy the federal government. I don't think these laws will be passed, but they effectively distract Congress from important issues. The federal government will have to discuss these proposed laws when they should be discussing how to balance the budget, defend the nation, and to regulate foreign affairs.

3/28/2013
Ledyard CT
Na'Shya
Mr.Smith Ledyard High School
I dont think the government has too much power. Its seperated by branches to make sure that the power is divided and isnt taken for granted.

3/28/2013
Norwich,CT
Brianna
Mrs. Smith/Ledyard High School
The government does have to much power because they don't know how to share the powers between the states. They have way to much power over the states because in most cases the states do want to make laws that are beneficial to there specific areas. The government only wants to pass these laws because it will give them even more power which is not right to some states.

3/28/2013
Ledyard
Michael McDowell
Ledyard High School
The federal government does not withhold excess authority. It would be ridiculous to claim that the federal government retains too much power of the nation. The states are not established to act as its own free, independent nation. Rather, the states are minor governments conjoined together by the federal government. The federal government is the base of the power of the states. The laws that the individual states wish to pass are fair attempts at federal power. However, the laws would be impossible to pass. They will not get passed because of the impact it would have on other states. For example, if one state were to begin to declare itself a sanctuary from the EPA, then others would quickly join, ultimately eliminating the point of the EPA. These law attempts should not distract lawmakers from other issues. This is because it is the job of lawmakers to encompass all proposals, whether a very minor or major one. For example, the lawmakers need to view possible changes to the federal endangered-species law as well as demands to change marriage laws. Every issue that is brought upon lawmakers is important. Therefore, an issue cannot distract lawmakers from other issues.

3/28/2013
ledyard connecticut
Branden medina
Ledyad high school
I do not think that the federal government has too much power. In the article it states that states like Montana were trying to fight against the federal governments endangered species laws. This is a good example of why we need a strong central government. It is not right that Montana should be allowed to override endangered species laws and the laws are there for a reason. I don't think that these laws will get passed. The federal government has restrictions on its power so I don't believe that even more restrictions will get passed on to them. I noticed someone else commented on the articles of confederation. I agree with them that they suggested that if the states have too much power our country won't seem as unified and will have a similar result to the articles of confederation.

3/28/2013
CT
Miranda Torres
Mrs. Smith, Ledyard High School
one thing that should be kept in mind is that a state is not it's own little country. it is bound by the laws of the constitution, and federal laws. For example, connecticut cannot print it's own currency. why? that's the federal government's right. also, our federal governemnt cannot control state taxes. why? it's a right reserved for the state. both the federal and state gov'ts have their limits, and those limits should be respected.

3/28/2013
Ledyard
Jake Bliven
Ledyard High School
The federal government does not withhold excess authority. It would be ridiculous to claim that the federal government retains too much power of the nation. The states are not established to act as its own free, independent nation. Rather, the states are minor governments conjoined together by the federal government. The federal government is the base of the power of the states. The laws that the individual states wish to pass are fair attempts at federal power. However, the laws would be impossible to pass. They will not get passed because of the impact it would have on other states. For example, if one state were to begin to declare itself a sanctuary from the EPA, then others would quickly join, ultimately eliminating the point of the EPA. These law attempts should not distract lawmakers from other issues. This is because it is the job of lawmakers to encompass all proposals, whether a very minor or major one. For example, the lawmakers need to view possible changes to the federal endangered-species law as well as demands to change marriage laws. Every issue that is brought upon lawmakers is important. Therefore, an issue cannot distract lawmakers from other issues.

3/28/2013
Ledyard
Michael McDowell
Ledyard High School
The federal government does not withhold excess authority. It would be ridiculous to claim that the federal government retains too much power of the nation. The states are not established to act as its own free, independent nation. Rather, the states are minor governments conjoined together by the federal government. The federal government is the base of the power of the states. The laws that the individual states wish to pass are fair attempts at federal power. However, the laws would be impossible to pass. They will not get passed because of the impact it would have on other states. For example, if one state were to begin to declare itself a sanctuary from the EPA, then others would quickly join, ultimately eliminating the point of the EPA. These law attempts should not distract lawmakers from other issues. This is because it is the job of lawmakers to encompass all proposals, whether a very minor or major one. For example, the lawmakers need to view possible changes to the federal endangered-species law as well as demands to change marriage laws. Every issue that is brought upon lawmakers is important. Therefore, an issue cannot distract lawmakers from other issues.

3/28/2013
Ledyard
Jake Bliven
Ledyard High School
The federal government does not withhold excess authority. It would be ridiculous to claim that the federal government retains too much power of the nation. The states are not established to act as its own free, independent nation. Rather, the states are minor governments conjoined together by the federal government. The federal government is the base of the power of the states. The laws that the individual states wish to pass are fair attempts at federal power. However, the laws would be impossible to pass. They will not get passed because of the impact it would have on other states. For example, if one state were to begin to declare itself a sanctuary from the EPA, then others would quickly join, ultimately eliminating the point of the EPA. These law attempts should not distract lawmakers from other issues. This is because it is the job of lawmakers to encompass all proposals, whether a very minor or major one. For example, the lawmakers need to view possible changes to the federal endangered-species law as well as demands to change marriage laws. Every issue that is brought upon lawmakers is important. Therefore, an issue cannot distract lawmakers from other issues.

3/28/2013
Ledyard
Michael McDowell
Ledyard High School
The federal government does not withhold excess authority. It would be ridiculous to claim that the federal government retains too much power of the nation. The states are not established to act as its own free, independent nation. Rather, the states are minor governments conjoined together by the federal government. The federal government is the base of the power of the states. The laws that the individual states wish to pass are fair attempts at federal power. However, the laws would be impossible to pass. They will not get passed because of the impact it would have on other states. For example, if one state were to begin to declare itself a sanctuary from the EPA, then others would quickly join, ultimately eliminating the point of the EPA. These law attempts should not distract lawmakers from other issues. This is because it is the job of lawmakers to encompass all proposals, whether a very minor or major one. For example, the lawmakers need to view possible changes to the federal endangered-species law as well as demands to change marriage laws. Every issue that is brought upon lawmakers is important. Therefore, an issue cannot distract lawmakers from other issues.

3/28/2013
Ledyard, CT
Holly
Dubreuil
I think the federal government has too much power. Passing these laws may only give them even more power. The states need more say in what things are allowed and not allowed.

3/28/2013
Ledyard, CT
Chris Reutter
Mrs. Dubreiul
I feel as though the federal government has too much power. In the article, it stated that we created the 10th Amendment in order to make sure that the federal government did not end up with all the power, and that the power should be given "to the States respectively, or to the people." If the laws trying to be passed actually pass, i feel as though the federal government will gain more power, and if we try to make the federal government smaller, we will have to pass more laws to do so. If that is done lawmakers will have a hard time trying to complete other tasks which could be more important.

3/28/2013
Ledyard, CT
Danny
Dubes LHS
I don't think that the federal government has too much authority. As said in the article, the 10th amendment was created for the specific reason of making sure that the federal government did not hold all the power, that it would be seperated between it and the state government, by saying, “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.”. If other states start to try to seceed themselves from some of the government's powers like the states in the article, it may very well result in another civil war, and no one wants that. Our country was formed as a democracy, and if the federal government was too all-powerful, we would pretty much be a totalitarian society.

3/28/2013
Ledyard,CT
Luis A
Mrs.Dubreuil
I do not think the federal government has too much authority. The laws and actions the federal government implements ultimately are for the good of the American people and these issues that these states are arguing for shouldn't even be relevent. I do not think these laws will get passed because in the end they'll end up weakening the governments power and other states and the federal government its self won't want that. I think that petty proposals such as these do distract law makers from the actual important issues such as our economy or immigration.

3/28/2013
Ledyard CT
Sarah K
Mrs. Dubreuil
I do not think that the federal government has too much power. In the article it states that states like Montana were trying to fight against the federal governments endangered species laws. This is a good example of why we need a strong central government. It is not right that Montana should be allowed to override endangered species laws and the laws are there for a reason. I don't think that these laws will get passed. The federal government has restrictions on its power so I don't believe that even more restrictions will get passed on to them. I noticed someone else commented on the articles of confederation. I agree with them that they suggested that if the states have too much power our country won't seem as unified and will have a similar result to the articles of confederation.

3/28/2013
Ledyard, CT
Brooke
Mrs. Dubreuil/Ledyard High School
I do not think that the federal government has too much authority. If the states are being granted more power, then the federal government will start to become weaker. When the Articles of Confederation was established in 1777, it was set up so that the federal government would receive very little power, and the states would receive most of the power. This caused much dispute between the states, for each state isolated itself from the other states. If the states are given too much power, it could end up like the Articles of Confederation, which was not very successful. I do, however, agree with the 10th Amendment, which is "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." It is certainly important that the states do have individual power, which is why they are granted certain powers that the federal government is not granted, such as having the power to establish and maintain schools, and dealing with family matters, such as deciding marriage laws. The states are not denied of power. They have a sufficient amount of power to make decisions without the federal government's consent. Therefore, if the states were to continue to receive power, this would ultimately weaken the federal government, resulting in a more chaotic nation.

3/27/2013
Ledyard/CT
Francesca
Mrs. Dubreuil/Ledyard High School
I don't believe that the federal government has too much authority. States government doesn't have as much power as the federal government because that's what keeps the union together. If states did have more power than the federal government, it would be like history repeating itself with the Articles of Confederation. The 10th amendment was added into the Constitution so that the federal government doesn't have too much power. There are reserved, concurrent, and delegated powers were made so that their powers were separate. I think the government shouldn't be focused on who has more power because I believe that this could distract lawmakers from other issues.

3/27/2013
Ledyard
Asian Kevin
Ledayrd High School
The federal government does not withhold excess authority. It would be ridiculous to claim that the federal government retains too much power of the nation. The states are not established to act as its own free, independent nation. Rather, the states are minor governments conjoined together by the federal government. The federal government is the base of the power of the states. The laws that the individual states wish to pass are fair attempts at federal power. However, the laws would be impossible to pass. They will not get passed because of the impact it would have on other states. For example, if one state were to begin to declare itself a sanctuary from the EPA, then others would quickly join, ultimately eliminating the point of the EPA. These law attempts should not distract lawmakers from other issues. This is because it is the job of lawmakers to encompass all proposals, whether a very minor or major one. For example, the lawmakers need to view possible changes to the federal endangered-species law as well as demands to change marriage laws. Every issue that is brought upon lawmakers is important. Therefore, an issue cannot distract lawmakers from other issues.

3/27/2013
Ledyard, CT
Kenneth
Mrs. Dubreuil
I do not believe that the federal government has much power. Like Tristan said, the Articles of Confederation was an experiment on state powers. As a result, America created local currency, with a highly inefficient trade, along with heated tiff that brought America nowhere, which in fact caused political chaos. I believe that a central government is crucial, as we need to represent ourselves as one united nation in diplomacy, just to the sake of a good image. At the same time, we have state elected representatives in Congress and the 9th and 10th amendment, which gives state rights. The government does not exceed authority, it holds the authority that several separate states aren't capable of.

3/27/2013
Ledyard/CT
Nikki McComiskey
Mrs. Dubreuil/Ledyard High School
I do not think the Federal Government has too much power. The Constitution made it equal between them and the State Governments as to balance them out. I believe that we are doing the job. The states are allowed to pass the bills/laws in their state for the people that live there during the time in which they are appropriate. The Federal Government only stops these if they believe they are unconstitutional or not right for our country and our people. I think these laws make it so we can try to bring in some Federal power, but I do not think that they will be passed because they are more federal issues than only certain state issues since they can potentially affect every state in our country. I don't think the laws are fully distracting lawmakers from other issues, but they are taking some time from them that could be spent on more important matters regarding our country as a whole or more problematic situations that affect us all as citizens of the United States.

3/27/2013
ledyard/ct
Stefanie Wegiel
mrs. Bumpus Ledyrah high school
I believe that the federal governement does have too much power and that the states should be given more power. The states should be given a fair amount of power that still allows them to create specific laws that their state may believe in differently from another state. The federal government seems to be taking more and more of the states powers away from them allowing the federal government to contain more power then is truly needed. The consitution was made in order for both the states as well as the federal goverment to have limited power and to not over power one or the other. It was also made so that states would be granted with power that would allow them to create laws which would help the states needs. So the power of the states is slowly begining to become less and less which can soon impact the states in a negative way.

3/27/2013
Ledyard/CT
Al Z
Hargus/Ledyard High
The U.S has already tried to have state independence with the Article of Confederation. It did not work out so well. Most of the states had different currencies, making it hard to trade with other states. Each state had a different set of "rules" to follow. I do not believe in a strong central government though. That could lead to communism or a dictatorship. But if the states and the federal government have the same amount of power, there cannot be an argument of the states or the federal government having too much or too little power.

3/27/2013
Ledyard/ CT
Aaron
Mrs. Dubreuil/ Ledyard High School
I do not believe that the federal government possesses too much power over the smaller state governments for multiple reasons, the first of which being that we do not want to revert back to the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation was basically the first Constitution for the first 13 colonies. Under this document the 13 states had more power than they needed, and as a result the union between them was loose due to many discrepancies between them. This led to a weaker country in general, and this is why our Constitution sets up such a sturdy place and set powers for the federal government so that all the states are governed by the same general set of laws. I say general because the Constitution did not strip the states of all their powers as each individual state may have different laws to govern their people, but only if these laws abide the Constitution. Also, the Constitution has a built in way of protecting the state governments from the broad powers of the federal government in the form of the 10th Amendment. The 10th amendment specifically states "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," meaning that the states and people do have a way to protect themselves from the federal government. With all this information being presented, I strongly disagree that our federal government has too much power, because without a sturdy backbone we would be a weaker nation, much like under the Articles of Confederation, and in the turbulent times of today we must stay as strong as possible.

3/27/2013
Ledyard
Leslie
Mrs. Dubreuil
I agree with my peers that the federal government does not have too much power over the states. I think its very important to have the federal government be strong because it is necessary that we stay together and united as one nation. It's fine if states want to change menial laws, but I think the federal government should ultimately be followed and praised. The issue on deciding what is "menial" could then, as Haley and Michael said, get tricky. Personally, i believe the more national, the better. This way there is less disputes between states and we remember that we are all a part of America and not our own little territory where anything goes.

3/27/2013
Ledyard/CT
Sarahpoo
Mrs. Dubreui/Ledyard High School
I don't think the federal government has too much authority. I feel this way because I believe all the delegated powers that exist are necessary to keep the U.S.A. as one country that shares certain laws as a whole, instead of 50 states that are all completely different but just happen to be in the same territory. I do think theses are fair attempts to rope in federal power because the constituion gives them that right, however I'm not saying I agree with what they are trying to pass. I think our state governments should focus on more important issues at the time, however it is their right under the constitution to take control of whatever laws not held by the federal government.

3/27/2013
New London/CT
Jennifer
Mrs. Dubreuil/Ledyard High School
I don't think that the federal government has too much authority. I think that when the founding fathers wrote the constitution, they wanted to strike a perfect balanced in the amount of power the state and the federal government were give. They have already achieved that balance although it's not perfect, I believe that if anyone tries to upset that balance the whole structure will crumble and crash. The states are to divided and too immature to be given the responsibility of being independent of the federal government. I also don't think that the laws that the states are trying to pass are fair to either the federal government, the economy, the Country as a whole or the environment. For example, Kentucky's attempt to declare itself immune to the (EPA) is a selfish one at best. Kentucky is only thinking of itself not on the effect it's decision will have on the rest of the country, yet alone the world. I don't think these laws will get passed, because these are selfish whims of the state to not only divert focus on more pressing matters. But to also to use this as a silent way of protesting against Obama's administration. All in all I think this is pointless of the states, America has flourished all these years because although the sates were allowed their freedom, there was always some other power that was there to refine their laws, and most important of all that other power was always there to keep us united. I believed that if that higher power had to disappear or lose its power the states would lose their unity. And the name "United States of America" would loose it's meaning.

3/27/2013
Ledyard/CT
Emme
Mrs. Dubreuil/LHS
I do not think our federal government has too much power. Without a strong central government the US would be like it was under the Articles of Confederation- a disaster. Under the 10th amendment the states do have the right to pass bills like Georgia's proposal to make banks accept payments in silver and gold. However, I do not think they should pass bills like this. We are one country and major things like money should be the same in all states to avoid confusion. Other things that require a strong central government to make decisions are gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana. The federal government needs to make regulations across the entire country to ensure every citizen has the same rights and protection of their rights. I think that the issue with the central government becoming "to powerful" is caused more by the people in the government abusing powers not the powers that have been delegated to the federal government.

3/27/2013
Gales Ferry/CT
Ben
Mrs. Dubreuil/Ledyard High School
Personally, I do not believe that the government does not have too much authority. Back when our founding fathers lived, the states had more power than the central government because of the articles of confederation. History has shown that a weak central government will not lead to an affluent country. This is why we need a strong central government. This, however, does not mean that the federal government has all the power. The 10th amendment ("elastic clause") gives all the rights not specifically granted to the federal government to state governments. For example, education is not a federal government power. Therefore, states have the right to run their own education system. State governments do have authority in the government. But it is intended that the federal government has more authority. Otherwise history would repeat itself.

3/27/2013
Ledyard, Connecticut
Tyler Luke
Mrs. Dubreuil/Ledyard High School
I do not believe that the Federal Government has too much authority over the States powers. According to the 10th Amendment, "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." Due to our Federal Republic/Democracy form of government, the federal government has to give up some of it's powers to fulfill popular sovereignty. If the federal government had more power, then our government would be considered Totalitarian, but if the people and states had more power then we would fall into the same mistake the Articles of Confederation made. So, there has to be a balance between the Reserved powers and the Delegated powers in order to "form a more perfect union." For example, one of the delegated powers is to declare war. Declaring war is a pretty big deal and the federal government has to make a sensible decision to actually make that declaration. I do not believe that the state governments will make huge decisions like that as efficiently as the federal government. The states basically focus on domestic issues such as commerce within it's own borders while the federal government focuses on the nation as a whole to settle disputes within states (Domestic tranquility). The two different powers need to do their own job efficiently to help out the nation all together. For example, if the Reserved Powers didn't create laws on family matters then that would basically create anarchy because there wouldn't be any structure to marriage or adoption. But, on the other hand, if the Delegated Powers didn't collect taxes then there wouldn't be any money for funds which would cause the nation to go into debt. There has to be a balance in between and they have to come together to fulfill the concurrent powers such as establishing courts. The delegated/reserved/concurrent set up is pretty close to perfect because it get's the job done with minimal conflict.

3/27/2013
Ledyard/CT
Haley
Mrs. Dubreuil/Ledyard High School
I do not believe that they have too much authority because as the central strength and organization of our society I believe it is the government's power to do what is right, and what is needed. However, I have to agree with Michael on how it is a difficult top on the decision of the balance between state and central powers. But, I believe that the government must have the ability to create laws and regulation on what is important and what is needed for that time. For example, the gay marriage decision right now. While this (marriage) is usually a reserved right to decide, I believe that it was of the proper choice to make this a national decision.

3/27/2013
Ledyard/CT
Michael L
Mrs. Dubreuil/Ledyard High School
The idea of having a federalist system as the form a government is a very delicate situation. The balance between the states rights and the central/federal government determines the difference between federalist tyranny and state anarchy. It once came to the point in our history that America went into a civil war between the southern states favoring states rights and the northern states favoring the current federalist system. In the case of today's politics the federal system is still highly debated. Under the 10th Amendment many of the states feel that they should exercise more power with laws applying in their own states. If the people have the ability uphold preferred laws in their land, so be it, but there must be some amount of federal balance. If these laws going against the central government are passed, the states cannot be given complete control. There must be balance. The status quo with this discussion is stable as it is, but will always be a discussion for eternity.

3/27/2013
Ledyard, CT
Catherine R
Mrs. Dubreuil/Ledyard High
I do not think that the federal government has too much power. According to the 10th ammendment, it was "meant to keep the government from becoming all-powerful, allowing states to craft laws based on their specific local needs." Delegated, concurrent, and reserved powers were given the names for a reason. It was to make sure both the government and the states had its seperate and same powers. For example, the federal government have the power to declare war, collect taxes, ect. and the state goverments cover family matters and other matters within its borders. States have the right "guaranteed in the Bill of Rights that any powers not given to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution are given to the states." This shows that states still have power and the federal government arern't too powerful. I feel as if they did have too much power, there would be complete commotion and the constitition wouldn't be valued anymore and would just fall apart since we were not going with what its amendments stated.

3/27/2013
Ledyard, CT
Courtney Cliett
Ms. HArgus
I think that the federal goverenment has too much power and authority. the states dont need complete control becasue that didnt work with the Articles of Confederation. But the states need to still have power. the federal government keeps making laws that are taking state powers away. if this continues the states wont have any powers left and we would no longer be a democracy.

3/27/2013
Ledyard/CT
Sami G
Mrs. Dubreuil/LHS
I think the federal government does not have too much authority. The Constitution was created to prevent the states from having too much power, and also to prevent the federal government from having too much power, which is exactly what it does. Allowing states to have more power could cause more controversy, because it would only lead more towards the Articles of Confederation, discarded years ago. These laws are not fair attempts to rope in federal power. The federal government was given its specific powers for a reason and to take them away would only make things more confusing. I think these laws will not get passed. They have many reasons to lead to controversy and confusion. These laws, in my opinion, distract lawmakers from other important issues. Instead of focusing on who has more power, the government should be more concerned about important issues such as the economy and safety.

3/26/2013
Ledyard, CT
Madison Canestrari
Mrs. Dubreuil/Ledyard High School
The federal government doesn't have too much authority. The United States government should have a little more power than the states in order to keep the union together. If the states had more power it would be like the Articles of Confederation again and states would think they can overrule the federal government and would secede from the Union. The 10th amendment was added to the Constituiton to keep the federal government in check and limit the powers of it. It reserved powers for the state governments to have in order for them to have an active participation in the United States and some of their own freedoms. The laws listed in the article are not fair attempts to rope in federal power they are just feeble stabs at the federal government to show that the states can do certain things and it's a way for them to rebel. These laws will not get passsed because they are just childish laws that were thought of to override federal laws. There are more important issues to pass laws on and these silly, rebellious laws are distracting politicians from the bigger problems. The larger issues need to be dealt with and states need to stop worrying about who has the most power. The framers created a document that has worked for over 225 years and does not need to be changed now.

3/26/2013
Ledyard,CT
Mallory
Mrs. Dubreuil/ Ledyard High School
I think that the federal government does not have too much authority because giving states too much power would result in our country to become like a group of small countries with somewhat similar beliefs and laws. These laws won't really change how much power the federal government has because they focus on individual things that don't really affect other states. I think the laws could get passed, but I don't think they should or will because they somewhat involve our federal government, such as dealing with money, or what is best for the U.S. (environment). I don't think these laws will be very distracting to lawmakers but could possibly lead to more important and influential laws that would give the states more power.

3/26/2013
Ledyard, CT
Batman
Mrs. Dubreuil
No, I do not think that the federal government has too much power. The laws made by the federal goverment is there for a reason, for example, the EPA makes regulations for pollution because we pollute too much. Letting states regulate pollution emmisions would cause polluting companies to go there. Basically, giving the states the power to regulate more things would cause more complications and more laws than having the federal government to make universal laws for different matters for consistency.

3/26/2013
Ledyard, CT
Carly
Mrs Dubreuil
I don't think that the federal government of the United States exceeds its authority. When creating the Constititution the Framers decided that if the states were given more power, the states would become more like induvidual countries. It would also be difficult to keep common laws and regulations between states if they had more power. Also because of the 10th amendment, the states are given the powers not given to the federal government. I believe that this gives the states the powers that it needs.

3/26/2013
Ledyard CT
Tristan Gernhad
Mrs.Dubreuil Ledyard High School
I do not believe that the fedral government has to much power. Facts that support my opinion is we are givin, as a country, the articals of conferderation. This document limited the states rights. Also the 9th and 10th amendments that declare the elsastic clause. This givesthe states the powers not assigned to the federal government.

3/26/2013
Ledyard, Connecticut
Nilton
Dubreuil
No, I do not think that the federal government has too much authority because the states have many powers that the federal government does not, and there are also many powers that the federal government and states share. Yes, I think that these laws fair attempts to rope federal power, and I do think that they'll get passed. Finally, I do not think that they distract lawmakers from other issues.

3/26/2013
Ledyard, CT
Julie
Mrs. Dubreuil/Ledyard High School
I don't think the federal government has too much power. This is because it is necessary for the federal government t have enoug power to control the states and keep the country safe. Also it is necessary to keep the states united. Under the articles of confederation the national governmet was so weak that the states were like seperate countries and the government couldn't even raise thier own money. I think these are fair attempts by the states, but they aren't really primary issues in the present time, so i don't think legislators should waste their time debating these issues.

3/26/2013
Ledyard Connecticut
Max
Dubreil/Ledyard high school
I do not believe the federal government has too much authority and i don't believe laws are needed to restrict the power of the federal government. I don't think they will be passed becase i think the majority of people will realize that there isn't a roblem, and that you shouldn't fix something that isn't broken.

3/26/2013
Ledyard, CT
Fred
Mrs. Dubreuil
No, I do not feel the federal government has too much authority. We intentionally became a stronger central government when we got rid of the Articles of Confederation. The laws are perfectly fair, because the sates have rights as well. they can choose to be more independent. I do believe they may be passed, but not definitely. No, the lawmakers will be just fine with more laws on their plates. they are capable of handling more laws.

3/26/2013
Ledyard, CT
Joseph
Mrs. Dubreuil
The federal government does not have too much power. The federal government needs a certain amount of power to ensure that the United States behaves in a united fashion. However, the states need rights too, to protect the people. The fact that these states are even considering these laws shows their ability to contain federal power. However, I do not think they will be passed, as they probably will create many complications. I do not think that they laws distract lawmakers from other issues. The lawmakers of the states have the responsibility of addressing the concerns of their citizens. Major issues are usually the job of the federal government.

3/26/2013
Ledyard/ Connecticut
Fardini
Mrs. Hargus
I don't think the federal goverment have to much authority, i think it's just right. State goverments make laws that has to do with peoples needs. Federal gov. make laws that helps the nation with political issues.

3/26/2013
Ledyard, CT
Marissalyn
Hargus/LHS
I do not think the national government has too much power, simply because a national government is there to govern everybody in their nation. If the states become too individualized and separate, then the country falls apart and states become their own nations.

3/26/2013
Ledyard/CT
Julian Botero
Mrs. Hargus/Ledyard High School
I believe the federal goverment has too much Authority because their trying to override the laws of the state. The states all aren't the same they should pick laws that work for them. I think the laws are fair and nessesery not distracting from the real issue since they need to establish they have power.

3/26/2013
Ledyard Connecticut
Kyle Z
Ms. Hargus
I believe that the federal government does have to much power over the state government. My reasoning for this is that the federal governments power will always be able to override the states power especially in danger situations regarding national security. So is there really a point in state power if tr federal has the power to override it?

3/25/2013
Ledyard, CT
Liz
Mrs. Bumpus/ Ledyard high school
I don't think that the federal government has to much power because although states had many things that were in their power, it led to a lot of controversy that would be much easier to handle if it was just the federal governments decision. Giving the state government more autonomy would just lead to more complications. I do however think that the fact that states have some freedom to run themselves is good because that way the federal government isn't the only group in charge. The 10th amendment was what gave both state and federal government these powers and I think the Framers of the constitution had hoped for our country to stay following these guidelines. So far not much has gone wrong to make me think we should change it, the amount of responsibility that the state government has now is sufficient.

3/25/2013
Ledyard, Ct
nick Schultz
Mrs. Bumpus
I do not feel that the federal government has too much power. One reason is because when we had the articles of confederation the states had so much power that they believed that they didnt have to listen to what the federal govt said and tried succeeding from the nation. This led to the civil war which put much of our country in a constant war zone. Also because of the 10th amendment the states have an equal amount of power to the federal in different ways. This is what the framers had in mind and the constitution has worked for america through hundreds of years. The laws that were listed in the article will be rejected because they go against the federal govt and the branches will realize this and see that. There have only been several adjustments to the conmstution and all of them were good changes. Having our reserved and delagated powers changed would just be silly because what we have now is working just fine.

3/25/2013
Ledyard, CT
Mylasia
Mrs. Bumpus/Ledyard High School
No, I do not think that the federal government exceeds it authority. The federal government is meant to be strong and keep the country together. Without the federal government the states would be on their own and there would be no United States of America. If the states get too much power war could happen for example, states would want to succeed. Just like the civil war, just recently when Obama became reelected Texas wanted to succeed. This saves the country from war and those people living in the states couldn't be protected. The 10th amendement states that the powers not given to the federal government is given to the states. This makes sure that the federal government does not become too powerful. There is no way that the federal government can become too powerful.

3/25/2013
Ledyard, Ct
Derek Matthew Schultz
Mrs. Bumpus
I do not believe the federal government exceeds its authority. A strong central government is a necessity. It is key to having a well structured and organized country. States do not know how to be fair, simply because if each state has all the autonomy it pleases, then its basically 50 different opinions and 50 different nations. We should all be ruled by the same law for every individual citizen despite the state they're in. it will provide justice, and unite us as a nation. The federal government needs to provide a lot of rules, and they need a lot of power to do it. There's a reason the Articles of Confederation didn't work out, and that's because the states had to much power, the wasn't enough order, and we essentially became a weak country.It is clear that state laws that are not reasonable will not be passed due to the fact that we have order now and we need to keep order. making changes just to make changes will not provide any benefits. States should stop worrying how many more things they can make legal, and think about how they can make the country more orderly and civil.

3/25/2013
Ledyard
Maggie Y
Mrs. Hargus/ LHS
The federal government doesn't have too much authority. The tenth amendment was put into place by our founding father's to prevent that from happening, but at the same time they also knew the federal government needed to have more reign over the states' to keep things proportional. For example, if Kentucky was able to declare itself a sanctuary from the EPA and Arizona able to make products created and consumed within its borders exempt from federal commerce laws then we might as well just have 50 individual countries instead of states. There are laws for a reason. These anti-federal bills are not fair and I don't think they'll be passed. They also distract lawmakers from more important issues such as balancing the budget.

3/25/2013
Ledyard/CT
Desarae
Mrs. Bumpus/Ledyard High
I don't think the federal government has too much power. The federal government and the state government are given different powers so one can not over power another. The laws are fair attempts to rope in lawmakers because they're taking federal laws and trying to change them to fit their state's needs. I don't think the laws will be passed because the federal government has the right to keep those laws as they are. These laws may distract lawmakers from other issues because they're worrying about issues that can be solved at a state level.

3/25/2013
Ledyard/CT
Bailey R
Mrs. Bumpus/ LHS
I do not believe that the federal government has too much power. I believe that the powers given to the states and federal government are balanced well. Many people think that the states should have more power but we've already tried this before and it nearly destroyed our nation. The tenth amendment says that what ever powers are not given to the federal government in the constitution is then given to the states. I believe that this has been followed. Things that are not given to the federal government in the constitution such as elections, and laws regarding health and welfare were given to the states. These and many more are evidence that the states are given power, but not too much. And as long as the states are still given these freedoms then i believe that the amount of power given to the federal government is appropriate.

3/25/2013
Ledyard Connecticut
Dan Carr.
Mrs. Bumpus/Ledyard High School
I feel as thought that the federal government has too much power. One example that i think shows that the federal government has to much power is in Kentucky. In Kentucky they are know for the coal industry but EPA which is part of the federal government is putting a lot of restrictions on them. By having these restriction on them Kentucky State Senator is calling sanctuary from EPA saying the have no right. By having this restrictions when the State doesn't want them but the federal government isn't fair under the 10th amendment because both the State and Federal powers are not equal.

3/25/2013
Ledyard/CT
Tiana
Mrs. Bumpus/LHS
I do not believe that out federal government has too much authority. The Framers of the Constitution intended to being a balance between the federal government and the states. To allow states to have complete control of themselves would cause chaos for the citizens of the United States. Yes the laws are attempting to limit or eliminate the role of the federal government in controlling the states. Each state want to keep and control all the revenue that their citizen produce or receive. No I do not think that these laws will pass because they would be in direct violation of the Constitution. They would also disrupt how state and federal government is supposed to work. Yes these proposed charges distract lawmaking from other issues such as looking out for the welfare of all the citizens of United States.

3/25/2013
Ledyard/CT
Greg C
Mrs. Hargus/LHS
No, i do not think the federal government has too much power over the states. The first Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, gave the states too much power. As a result, the states started making their own money, and the union split apart. Ever since the constitution was made, the government seems to be doing fine. If the states got too much power, we would just go back to the way it was during the articles of confederation

3/25/2013
Ledyard, CT
Jessica M
Mrs. Bumpus/ Ledyard High
I don't think the federal government has too much power. The state and federal government both have separate powers. They even have a list of powers that they both have called concurring powers so they have equal power. The federal government has the power to declare war and collect taxes. The state government has the power to make laws regarding family matters, like marriage, divorce, and adoption. The state still has powers, which means the federal government isn't completely in power. "The tenth amendment was meant to keep the government from becoming all-powerful, allowing states to craft laws based on their specific local needs."

3/25/2013
Ledyard/ CT
Mikayla N
Mrs. Bumpus/ LHS
No, I do not feel that the federal government has too much power. When the Articles Of Confederation was in place the individual states had an excessive amount of power. This lead to many problems within our country. Giving the states back that power would only re-create those problems. I also think that when the Constitution was made, the framers distributed responsibilities and power between the federal and state governments as they saw fit. The 10th amendment was included to make sure this is the way that it stayed for years to come and it has worked effectively for over 200 of them now. I think the stated laws will be rejected due to the fact that they are just being proposed to rebel against the federal government and the lawmakers will see them as just that. There are larger issues that need to be dealt with.

3/25/2013
Ledyard/CT
Jacob W.
Mrs. Hargus
I believe that the federal government is in no need to give the states more power then they already have. The government already tried to give all the power to the states in the Articles of Confederation and that as we all know did not work. Yes that was a long time ago I still believe that if we give the states all this power that they are asking for then the results will be the same as in the Articles of Confederation,

3/25/2013
Ledyard/ Connecticut
Connor H
Mrs. Bumpus/ Ledyard High
I feel is if the powers between State and Federal Government is still pretty equal. These laws that these states are asking are not a fair attempt to rope in the federal Government. The Federal Government is doing this for the greater good of our nation. If these laws do get passed the laws will just make the life of the citizens harder. The3 federal government has bigger problem to worry about right now and if they are to busy dealing with the states wanting more power our country could lose all of it's power.

3/25/2013
Ledyard/ Connecticut
Connor H
Mrs. Bumpus/ Ledyard High
I feel is if the powers between State and Federal Government is still pretty equal. These laws that these states are asking are not a fair attempt to rope in the federal Government. The Federal Government is doing this for the greater good of our nation. If these laws do get passed the laws will just make the life of the citizens harder. The3 federal government has bigger problem to worry about right now and if they are to busy dealing with the states wanting more power our country could lose all of it's power.

3/25/2013
Ledyard/CT
Morgan Z
Mrs.Bumpus/LHS
I do not think the federal government has too much power. According to the tenth amendment, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively." It is up to the states to decide what to do with that power. In order to have a sucessful society, the federal government must be strong which is why they are given the most important powers such as coining money and defending the country. To make it somehwhat equal the states are also given power based on "local needs" which I believe is appropiate. I think the stated laws will get rejected due to states trying to overthrow the federal government. Lawmakers have larger issues to deal with and by proposing the laws its just distracting them.

3/25/2013
No. Sto CT
Evan V.
Mrs. Hargus/Ledyard High
Currently I do think the situation is acceptable. But In a way it does seem that the gov. is getting a little tight. Yes the states, if their majority approves the state should make the law. Unless it is racial matters.

3/24/2013
CT
Nicole Los
Hargus/LHS
I do not think that the federal government has an overabundance of authority. I think that the laws that these individual states are proposing rather overreach their own authority. To me, the states have their place, and the federal government has a higher place, however without too much power. The states deserve their own roles to fit, although without breaching any laws previously made by the federal. The federal government is what unites the states together, ties them together if you will, and with the individual powers to the states that takes power from the federal from becoming too powerful. I think there was a reason that the articles of confederation ultimately failed, because the states overreached their limitations of power. So if they took more power away, wouldn't we ultimately be circling back to the failure conveyes by the articles of confeteration?

3/24/2013
Ledyard/Connecticut
J
Hargus/Ledyard
I think that the federal government doesn't have too much authority, but compared to the states powers it does have more. The states and federal government have a different kinds of powers, for example the states make laws dealing with more of the peoples personal lives like marriage and adoption, whereas the federal government makes more general laws for everyone, like laws on taxes. I think that the states having more authority over its own people is not necessarily a bad thing because different states may have different needs, also I do think that these laws do distract lawmakers from more important things such as, budget and clean energy resources. Although these proposed laws are not necessarily a bad thing, they could be distracting people from more important issues.

3/24/2013
Ledyard/ Ct
Rachel M.
Hargus/ Ledyard High School
No, I do not feel that the federal government has too much power. I think that 200 years ago, when the constitution was made, the framers put in special restrictions to both the state and the federal government and that has worked for 200 years. I dont see why we are all of the sudden questioning this balance. I also think that the new state laws are undermining, waste-of-time laws. I do believe that they are simply for distraction and that this behavior and rebellion must stop so that the lawmakers can focus on more important topics.

3/24/2013
Ledyard CT
Rmac
Mrs.Hargus
I feel as though that the federal government has way to much power. Because a state can pass a law say for instance legalizing marijuana the Feds can still come. In the state and arrest people for it even though the state law says it is ok for the person to use it. This is in violation of the 10 th amendment saying that the state and federal government have equal power.

3/24/2013
Ledyard/CT
Cassidy
Ms. Hargus/LHS
I don't believe that the federal government has too much power. In order for things to be fair, the powers must be separated equally in order to not have one overpower the other. We need a strong government to keep our ways the same that they are now. The 10th admendment was wrote to keep the government from becoming all-powerful. It's proven that the powers that aren't given to the federal government are given to the state to keep power equal and fair for all.

3/24/2013
Ledyard/Connecticut
Byrd
Ms.Hargus/Ledyard High
No I do not think that the federal government has too much power. In the 10th amendment, it says that any rights not specifically given to the federal government is given to the states or people. This is to make sure the federal gov. Doesn't become too powerful. I do think the bills these states are trying to pass are right and they should have the right to pass laws that they seem will better their state. I can see some of those bills being passed. Lawmakers may have more important things to worry about but these bills probably don't distract them too much.

3/24/2013
Ledyard, CT
Joshua F.
Mrs. Hargus
i do not believe that the federal government has to much power. The state government is still left with some power and authority. The federal government has its restrictions, which would leave a lot of things that the state government could do.

3/23/2013
Ledyard,Connecticut
Jessica K.
Hargus/ Ledyard High School
I do believe that the government has a lot of authority because they have the ability to do what other higher up branches cant. The article states that any powers not given to the federal government not given by the constitution is given to the states. Also the federal government has the power to declare war. If the federal government can declare was and the President of the United States cant, that shows what authority they have over Obama; or any President.

3/23/2013
ct
Madi C.
hargus/lhs
I think that the states should be able to create their own laws because each state does has certain needs that other states may not have. Most states for example may not have as much silver and gold as Georgia may have, so that's why they would like the law specific for them saying that they would like to be able to get money for silver and gold. I also think that the GOP is doing the right thing by bringing the 10th amendment back into all this because it states that if a law is not placed by the United States then the states can set laws. And if the government reject that proposal then that would be considered unconstitutional. It's honestly not much they're asking for, there is just certain things one state may need that other state may not. I mean, why would New Hampshire need a lay that states "no cutting down palm trees" or something like that.

3/22/2013
ct
Haley Wilt
casertano/lhs
I think the government does not have too much authority. people that think the federal government if overstepping its authority are not looking at the fed. governments work as a whole but rather just looking at their job/powers compared to reserved powers.The states are just trying to find more ways to gain power without proof showing the overstepping of the federal government. I dont feel the state laws will be passed because they are not helpful in establishing a better community but making laws making citizens lives more strict. Lawmakers could be distracted from other issues if they have to tak the time to read all the pointless act of power but some may know to just pass the irrelevant topics aside.

3/22/2013
CT
Z. Kurth Morales
Casertano/LHS
I do think that the Federal Government has too much authority because the 10th amendment clearly states that any powers not delegated to the federal government, are given to the states as their powers. The states are now trying to exhibit their rights and now, the federal government is interfering and basically going against their own law. I wish they'll pass because the states have the right to as long as it's fine with the state's citizens.

3/21/2013
Ledyard/CT
Haley Lane
Ms. Hargus/LHS
I don't believe the federal government has too much power. While state government is quite important as it assures we maintain a fair country without too much power in one place, the federal government is the one thing that unites our country as one whole and keeps us together. If the state governments had more power what would stop them from changing so much and becoming so different from one another that all sense of control and unity is lost? The laws of the federal government help to keep this nation safe, in control, and one of the top in the world. We would fall apart entirely without it.

3/21/2013
Ledyard,CT
Julia Ecklord
Hargus/LHS
I do not feel as though the federal government has to much power. The 10th amendment was created to keep the government from becoming all-powerful, meaning that not just one place would have the control in everything. If states could create their own laws they could create ones that would deal with their needs and wants, which would only benefit them and it could be a danger. I believe that these seperation of powers are meant to keep us safe and not one government has complete control over another.

3/21/2013
Ledyard/Connecticut
Micchael Lopes
Ms.Hargus/Ledyard High School
No i do not think that the federal government has too much power. But i also believe that these listed laws that the states are trying to have control over are within reason and they should be able to control little things that go on in their state. I think that the federal government should be open to give more reserved powers but i still dont believe that the federal government has too much. I think that the laws listed will get passed and it because then the lawmakers will only have to focus on the more important subjects.

3/20/2013
Ledyard
Ellie Phetteplace
Mrs. Hargus/ LHS
No I don't believe that the federal government has too much power. The United States tried to have a weak federal government during the foundation of the nation. At that time, it was as if each state was its own nation. The United States needs a strong central government to strive and do its best. I believe the laws would limit the federal government almost too much. I don't think the would get enough support to pass. Therefore I also feel these laws would waste the time of lawmakers.

3/20/2013
CT
Jake S
Hargus/LHS
I believe if anything that the federal government has way too much power. The 10th amendment clearly states that any powers not delegated to the federal government, are given to the states as their powers. And now that states are deciding to exercise there rights, the federal government is trying to step in and basically override there own powers. You ask if I think they'll get passed, I honestly hope so, it's their right isn't it? As long as what the state is proposing is okay with the people of that state, I say let them exercise their own rights.

3/20/2013
Gales Ferry/ CT
Jackson
Hargus/ LHS
I do feel in relation to the states power that the federal government has too much power. The flawed wording of the tenth amendment leaves the federal government with too much room to create laws and acts that further strip the states of rights and power. However, I simply believe that the states deserves more power, not that the federal government should be completely destroyed.

3/20/2013
CT
Bryce H
Hargus / LHS
No, the federal government does not have to much power. They have kept peace and equality in our country more effectively than any other nation in the world. These laws are understandable attempts to keep federal power in check, but without the federal government to lead our country, the state's would easily become divided over petty squabbles. That said, there must be some limits on the federal governments power, which is where the 10th amendment comes in. The 10th amendment is too vague to completely protect states rights without them having too much. It is necessary to have documents like the states are proposing to protect their rights, but they will never propose a fair law that doesn't give them too much power themselves. Our country is fine how it is and doesn't need to put further limits one the federal governments power.

3/20/2013
CT
Tyler
Hargus/LHS
I believe laws at the state and federal level are well regulated and balanced. I think that as long as it is constitutional, individual states should be able to make whatever laws they want. However, I do not believe that states should be able to make laws that separate them from the federal government, like the ones mentioned in the article.

3/20/2013
Ledyard, CT
Jenna
Ledyard High School
I do think that the federal government has too much authority. The founding fathers made the constitution in a way so that the states would still have power, the 10th Amendment, but it seems like the government ignores it. These are fair laws because the federalgovernment needs to be reigned in a little bit. I think that they ill get passed, they make it clear that theres been a lot of overreaching. I dont think they distract law makers from other issues, maybe the do a bit but these laws are very important and deserve some discussion.

3/19/2013
Ledyard / CT
jack potter
Mrs Hargus / Ledyard High School
I do not think the federal govt. has too much power, mainly because each state is united as a nation, and the point of a federal government is to govern the entire country, not sit back and let the states have complete power over themselves. The bills that are up for debate on whether they should be passed or not are absurd, it's simply states trying to take advantage of their rights in the 10th ammendment, they aren't being treated unfairly by the federal government in any way. When states become too different than the country as a whole is when the foundation of our country starts to fall apart.

3/19/2013
CT
Hannah Collins
Mrs. Harugs LHS
I feel as though that the states have just enough power but there is no shared powers going on. Without the shared powers, the delegated and reserved powers have no grounding to base anything off of. I do believe though that certain laws, such as local farming and agriculture, is up to the states intent and design plan. A state knows what happens inside of it and what society is like. I just think there is already too much confusion with unclear laws and rules regarding too much power on either the federal or state government.

3/19/2013
Lefyard, CT
Hannah H.
Mrs. Hargus / LHS
I do not believe that federal government has too much authority. While these laws may be attempts to "rope in" federal power, these laws may just be testing the boundaries to see what can get pushed as far as gaining power. If these laws are passed, the distinctive lines between federal and state governments may be blurred. These issues seem relatively unimportant and seem to just create more issues.

3/19/2013
Ledyard, CT
Hannah H.
Mrs. Hargus, LHS
I do not believe that the federal government has too much authority. While these laws may be attempting to "rope in" federal law, I believe they would upset the balance between federal and state government. These issues seem relatively unimportant and could possibly be testing boundaries just to see what will happen. If these laws are passed, the issues will grow until the distinctive lines between state and federal government are blurred. I don't think they will get passed, and they are definitely a distraction from more important issues as well as creating new ones.

3/19/2013
Ledyard Ct
Ben
Mrs. Hargus Ledyard High School
I do not think that the federal government has too much authority, I think it is a reasonable amount that they have now. I believe in order to have a steady government , that there needs to be a strong and secure federal system. State governments have to ability to govern their state, but the federal government overall is the big government in this country thus Should have a little more authority. I do not feel these laws are necessary and important

3/19/2013
CT
Pauline
LHS/Casertano
I don't think, that the federal government has too much power. With the federal government having the most power, the United States stay united and don't seperate themself from each other. The state governments do have a lot of power over their own state, mostly affecting personal issues, the federal government provide for unity between the states and iin the country.

3/19/2013
Ledyard/CT
Katherine Kostic
Ms. Hargus/Ledyard High School
I feel that the federal government has a right amount of power meaning not too little and not too much. As the government runs now we are able to function and obtain a steady government. The laws that are now coming out to give states more power aren't very fair attempts to achieve federal power. These laws are instead just mainly a waste of time since they aren't "actually expected to pass". I don't think they will get passed because they go against federal laws which have power over all state laws. Which while all these phony laws are being created, it's distracting lawmakers from other more important issues, and creating laws to improve those more important issues. Overall I feel that the states shouldn't be pushing for more power from the federal government instead they should be focusing on more important issues at hand and ways to pass the laws for those issues.

3/19/2013
Ledyard, CT
Jenny Nohara
Hargus/LHS
i think the federal government does not have too much authority. relating back to the system of checks and balances, both the state and federal governments should have equal power/authority considering that both governments rely on each other in running the nation. these laws are making this "issue" bigger than it needs to be, the lawmakers have more important, practical issues to deal with than this.

3/19/2013
Ledyard/ CT
Michelle Klinikowski
Hargus/ LHS
No i do not believe the federal government has too much power. I believe they have just enough. If the federal government is given more power than they will become too strong. On some issues, such as taxes i believe the governments power could be diminshed and it would not create a negative effect. The federal government has enough power so they can please both minority and majority but if they are granted more power then they will begin to step over the minority parties.

3/19/2013
ledyard,ct
Josh Rahal
Ms. Hargus/Ledyard Highschool
I believe that an equal balace of power is necessary between state and federal governments. The federal government is meant to make laws that please the majority while states often make laws that please the minority. State rights are important for this reason. In a state such as California, the voters who support gay marriage could be the majority and the laws would reflect that with legal gay marriage but to give the power of marriage laws to the federal government would be bad. This would be bad because the laws that the federal government passes would apply to all and not that of a state and of the majority of the nation was against gay marriage and the federal laws reflected that then the majority of California would be upset. For this reason it's import to give power of controversial or civil issues to the states to appease the majority of each state and not that of the nation.

3/19/2013
Ledyard CT
Gracie
Hargus/ Ledyard High
I don't think that the federal government has too much authority. I believe right now we have a good balance between federal and state powers. Without federal powers, our society would fail. States cannot act as individuals, we must be nation. Yes, certain laws for each state are necessary. But states do not need to overrule the EPA or federal endangered species laws. I don't think these laws will get passes since they interfere with federal laws, and according to the 10th amendment. Federal laws come first, and the states rule whatever else is left. I do believe these bills are distracting towards lawmakers. Congress needs to focus on more important laws such as gun control and our economy.

3/19/2013
Ledyard/CT
Factorini
Mr. C /Ledyard High #colonels
I feel that the Federal Government, under no circumstances, has to much power in this country. The power is distributed by the state and federal governments evenly because of the protection of the minority but, still pleases the majority. I also don't think these laws are fair attempts to rope the federal power. They should not get passed and it just distracts law makers from more important issues this country is trying to deal with.

3/19/2013
CT
Jessica B.
LHS/Ms. Hargus
Although I can understand why some people want more state rights, I also believe that the federal government is not too powerful. Hundreds of years ago, in the late 1770s to be exact, our country followed the Articles of Confederation. This was designed to strengthen the states but in return the federal government began to fall apart, and before long the unity of all the states became questionable. It was at that point where a compromise was formed and the Bill of Rights were written, to make sure that although the federal government would have equal power, there would be limits on their strength. This has been successful for centuries and if we begin to change that, by giving the states more rights, our government will begin to collapse again just as it did many years ago.

3/19/2013
CT
Jocelyn
Mrs. Hargus/LHS
I don't think the federal government has too much authority. I do not think that these laws were attempts at roping in federal power either. I think they were created to just try and fight the federal power and go against what they are saying. Lastly, I do think these are distracting lawmakers from other issues because they are silly and pointless things to be debating. There are bigger and more important issues that must be dealt with. The federal government is not too powerful, and those who think it is need to realize it is not leaps and bounds greater. There is little to no overarching power in the government system.

3/19/2013
Ledyard, CT
Arielle
Ms. Hargus/Ledyard High School
I beilieve that the fedreal government does have too much authority because their laws often overtake state's laws. In the article it states, "If they do pass, federal law almost always trumps state law.'" I do not really believe that these laws are fair attempts to rope in federal power because there is a risk of having the country not as democratic as a whole. I think they have a possibility of getting passed in the future if enough people support a dission such as this. I think this does distract some lawmakers from other issues just because it has been a big subject for a number of years now.

3/19/2013
Ledyard/CT
Tyler N.
Casertano/Ledyard High School
I do not believe that the Federal Government has too much power. The Federal Government gives out country a foundation that puts down laws for the entire nation to follow including themselves. The states have to follow these laws ,but still can publish their own such as education, marriage, and voting. This allows the states to work out their own local problems while the Federal Government's laws do the rest of the work. I don't think that this will get passed since the law placed by the Federal Government are here to benefit us as a country. Further more, this defiantly distracts lawmakers since the U.S constitution's 10th amendment was questioned in this process.

3/19/2013
CT
Whitney
LHS/Casertano
I feel that the Federal Government does not have too much power. Without there being a federal government we would crumble. States have the ability to control what goes on in there state and it being more on a personal level and the Federal government has the ability to control the big picture of the United States. It is fair that they both have certain laws that they can choose because not every state is going through the same crisis.

3/19/2013
Ledyard
Faith Jano
Mr.Casertano/Ledyard High School
The federal government does not have too much power. The states attempt to get more power is effortless although they're fair attempts. The constitution does state that the federal can't have too much power so therefore the states should not be making an arguement that they are. Thiscan distract lawmakers from bigger issues that should be dealt with like wordly affairs.

3/19/2013
Ledyard/CT
Quinn Duwelius
Ms. Hargus/Ledyard High School
I believe the federal government as just enough power. The federal government was meant to please the majority but protect the minority. If the states had more power they could take advantage of the minority and treat lower classes unfairly. With the power the federal government currently holds it is able to stick up for the little guys. I don't believe that these laws meant to criticize the Obama administration and rope in some federal power are fair. They are just made to go against the federal government and do very little good. Finally, I do believe they distract the lawmakers for they disrupt their work with unimportant issues and make people angry. I feel the states should leave the distribute of power how it is, unless they have important reasons not to.

3/18/2013
ledyard
olivia
mr.casertano
I don't believe that the federal government has too much authority. Without the federal government our society could not function they print money and declare war, without the federal government there would be trouble with trade and there would be many wars going on at once. They also make treaties with countries which is importance in keeping peace and keeping citizens safe. They need the authority to help the majority of people.

3/18/2013
Ledyard/Connecticut
Jessica M.
Mr. Casertano/Ledyard High School
I don't think the federal government has too much authority. While they do have more power over laws that concern the country as a whole, state governments have power over specific issues such as marriage, divorce, and adoption laws. These laws are fair, because they are tailored to the needs of each state, which federal laws would not be able to do. I think these laws would be passed because they are more representative of the people in each state individually, while federal laws would be harder to pass because they are applied to the entire country. I don't think this distracts lawmakers from other issues, in fact I believe it is better for the country to separate the powers of the state and federal governments in order to meet the needs of everyone.

3/18/2013
Ledyard, CT
Chisesi
Casertano/LHS
The federal government does not have too much power. The states and their attempts to stab at the federal government in attempts to gain more power are not evidence that the feds are overstepping their lines of power. I think the state laws will not be passed because they are somewhat worthless to the big picture of the country and they do indeed distract lawmakers from more important decisions.

3/18/2013
Ledyard, CT
Alyssa
Mr.Casertano/Ledyard High School
I think that the federal government has too much autority. Both the federal government and the state government have the power to make new laws dealing with different topics. The federal government deals with important and large topics such as declare war and collect taxes. These are very large topics that have a lot of different ends. They deal with taxes across the country, and giving the federal government more to laws to make and deal with would be too much. The federal government need s to focus on smaller topics, rather than a lot of large topics.

3/18/2013
Ledyard/Connecticut
Jamie
Casertano/Ledyard High School
Federal government does not have too much authority. There should be an equal balance between state and government, because both have to depend on another to run the country. The laws suggested by Kentucky, Arizona, Montana, Georgia are fair attempts to rope in federal power because they overstep the laws set by the federal government, and are really pointless and impractical. Instead of focusing on such "issues" as these, they should spend their time on laws that really benefit the citizens.

3/18/2013
Ledyard, CT
John
Mr.Casertano/Ledyard High School
No. The federal government does not have too much authority. These laws ARE fair attempts to rope in federal power. I mean, if the states already have enough power to do things to there own accord. They don't need more power the prevails the federal government. I do not think that these laws will be passed because they go against federal government. Montana is debating to override of federal endagered-species laws. Anything that wants to override anything federal..is not going to be passed as a law. I do think tat these will distract lawmakers from other important issues.

3/18/2013
Ledyard,CT
Alexis
Mr. Casertano/Ledyard High School
I feel like the federal government does have too much power in certain areas. Since they hold a majority of the nation's money for things such as repaving roads, they can make the states do what they want by simply waving the money over their heads. I do think that this distracts lawmakers from important issues and that some sort of compromise should be made between the federal and state government to keep them from stepping on each others feet and on the people's heads.

3/18/2013
Ledyard/Connecticut
Joaquin
Mr. Casertano/Ledyard High School
I don't think that the federal government has too much power. I think that the states already have enough power, and giving them more power in the past hasn't turned out well. I do think thate these are fair attemtps at federal power. I do not think that these laws will be passed, as the states don't have enough influence in the federal government and these laws aren't tha important.

3/18/2013
Ledyard CT
Sara
Mr. Casertano
I do not think the federal government has too much authority over state government. Some of these laws over step boubdraries between delegaed and reserved powers. I do not think they will get passed because they will not help the United States as a whole. Yes, they could be distracting from other issues that are more important and need to be discussed.

3/18/2013
Ledyard, CT
Alec
Mr. Casertano
I think that the federal government dosen't have too much authority. I don't think that these laws are fair attemps to get federal power. No I don't think they'll get passed. I think that they'll probibly distract lawmakersfrom the other issuses.

3/18/2013
ledyard,ct
ashley
Mr.Casertano
I think that the federal government does not have too much power because all they have to do is protect our rights and do the big things that states can't do themselves.these laws are fair and they will probably get passed.

3/18/2013
Ledyard
Julia
Mr. Casertano/Ledyard High school
No the federal Government does not have too much power. They are to step in when necessary. Us with our reserved powers have authority over our specific zones. It is fair so no one has too much power. Which is why the seperation and the certain Amendments, t keep control.

3/18/2013
Ledyard, CT
Bonde
Mr. Casertano Ledyard High School
No, in my eyes, the federal government does not have to much authority. The federal government cannot go against the constitution, which will ultimately always be the right thing to go by. These laws are fair attempts to rope in federal power, but still cannot have as power as they are given by the constitution.

3/18/2013
Ledyard
Genesis Ramon
Mr. Casertano
i think the federal government does not have too much power because they can't go beyond what they are granted. They are fair attempts. Even if the laws were passed or not the federal government will not obtain too much power because the constitution will not grant them too much power. It is equal and fair.

3/18/2013
Ledyard/CT
Lauren
Mr. Casertano/Ledyard High Scool
I don't think the federal government has too much authority at all. Some of the laws that states propose are absolutely ridiculous and irrelevant. They should be making laws to benefit their state not to simply take away from our federal government's power. I think one or two of those laws might be considered by the government, none of them are absolutely necessary and don't need to be dealt with immediately. Since they're not necessities lawmakers definitely will set them aside and deal with larger issues first.

3/18/2013
Ledyard/Connecticut
Kali
Mr.Casertano?LHS
I do not believe that the federal government has too much power. If the powers between state and federal government were all concurrent, there would be mass chaos within the government. So if a law was proposed both the state and federal government would believe they had a say in each, and that alone would seriously lengthen the process of ratifying a law. All in all I just believe that it is silly for the state governments to be arguing that the federeal government has too much power when in reality if the roles were reversed between the state and the federal government, the state would be exactly the same

3/18/2013
Ledyard, connecticut
Carl
Caserato #ledyard
No the government does not already have to muh power, in fact they are very limited as to their powers. I think some of the laws will get passed,but not all of them, these will eaither be majority yes or no questions as so they hould not distract lawmakers.

3/18/2013
ledyard/CT
Maddie
Casertano/Ledyard High
I think the federal Government has just enough power. The state needs to be controled or else States like Kentucky are going to become havoc. There can't possibly be that many followers on this topic. These laws are set to provide a fair amount of room for both the state and the government. EPA, was made to set standards as to the safety of people and theenvirment. People as a whole and are not very smart.

3/18/2013
Ledyard, CT
Erik
Mr. Casertano
I feel as if that the Feds have plenty of power and have the right idea to keep everything equal. I think that the State's futile attempts at making their own laws are pointless 99% of the time. I think that the states need to just sit down and listen to the Feds and stop making the lives of the citizens harder than they need to be. I think that the states are just making it harder on the Federal Government, and are hindering the progress of our Nation. The states need to accept the fact that the Federal Government has more power and should listen to what they have to say.

1/15/2013
Rudyard, MT
Clarissa
Mrs. STarnes
No the federal government does not have to much authority. They are able to keep peace and help the US to better its self without to much power. These laws are fair attempts to rope in federal power. With these they still cant have as much power as granted to them in the constitution. So even if it did pass they canno't go against the constitution.

9/26/2012
Rudyard,MT
Lisa
Mrs. Campbell
I feel like the federal government does not have too much power. The states already make enough and or more than enough decisions on their own. Concidering most states when making laws do only look at whats best for themself rather than everyone as a whole. This is why our government needs power because it looks at everyone as a whole, which helps balance things out. If States had more rights things would get out of control.

9/26/2012
Rudyard/Montana
Jordan
Mrs. Campbell/ North Star High School
I think that in some ways the federal government does have too much power, but not in the way that power is being disputed. All of these states are attempting to creat their own laws about things like food regulation or endangered species, and even some about being exempt from authority from the EPA. If the states are successful in their pursuit of their personal laws many things, such as interstate commerce, would be messed up. If the state that wants to make its own food laws gets it then there could possibly be no limit on how poor and unhealthy the food quality is. Once a state creates a law like that then it could be rendered useless to interstate trade having to do with food. It's outrageous laws like that that make me think that the federal government should have more power than it already has.

9/26/2012
Rudyard/ Montana
Drew
Mrs. Cambell/ Northstar
i think that the government has to much power in certain areas right now. and if they try to keep all these thingd that are meant for the states going they will keep going into dept because they have to pay the upkeep. i say we give it to the states to run what was theres in the first place.

9/26/2012
Havre, MT
Caleb
Campbell/ North Star
A federal government allows the people to have control over how much power the government has and allows them to make their own laws that cover things not covered at the national level. That being said, i feel that those states have a right, given to the in the 10th amendment, to pass these laws to restrict the national governments effects on local issues.

9/26/2012
Rudyard Montana
Clayton
mrs.campell northstar
i feel like the overnment it some cases has to much power althought in the overall outlook they need to have the power they do over the states if not more becase in most cases the states want to make laws that are benificial to there specific area instead of worrying about the entire country as a whole

9/26/2012
Rudyard, MT
Aron K.
Mrs. Campbell/ North Star
No the federal government does not have to much authority. They are able to keep peace and help the US to better its self without to much power. These laws are fair attempts to rope in federal power. With these they still cant have as much power as granted to them in the constitution. So even if it did pass they canno't go against the constitution. Lastly they dont distract lawmakers from other issues no matter what they will allways be trying to pass new things so just because this one seems to be giving more power to the government doesnt mean that they arnt trying to pass a completley different one that may seem better to us but is just better for them.

11/3/2011
Sidney, MT
Andrew
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I feel that the federal government has too much power over the commerce. The states do try to get around certain laws with new laws that will enable the states to get around the law that are deny a certain thing.

10/31/2011
Sidney, Montana
Tori
Mr. Faulhaber/ Sidney High School
I don't feel the federal government exceeds its authority. If anything the federal government doesn't have enough power. States make more laws to benefit their specific local needs instead of looking at everything as a whole.

3/10/2011
Irving/Texas
Aaron M
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that the federal government does not have too much power. When the states begin to overstep the federal government, I believe that it will cause a ripple effect that will essentially destroy our central form of government, cause our nation to start "crumbling." I think that these laws are unfair, states need to accept the fact that they are under the authority of the national government. I don't think these laws well gain enough support to be passed. I think that these laws distract the lawmakers, they need to be focused on more important issues.

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