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Firefighters, Teachers and Police - Not a Federal Responsibility

Brian 2798 Wrote: Jun 18, 2012 4:00 PM
This is a classic Keynesian economic analysis and it misses the mark. Money isn't free. If the feds are borrowing to pay for these state and local employees, then there will be less cash to loan out to private enterprise. Some people believe that borrowed money is free money. That is clearly not the case.
The left wants us to believe that paying for teachers, firefighters and police is a federal responsibility. Not so. Such services have traditionally been the responsibility of state and local governments.

In Federalist 45, James Madison wrote that the powers of the federal government are “few and defined.” Madison argued that state power extends to issues that “concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.” Nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government given the explicit power to supplant the traditional police powers of the states.