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Not Everything is “Interstate Commerce”

January 19, 2012
Mike Maharrey, Tenth Amendment Center

The United States federal government finds a seemingly endless array of ways to exercise authority it does not rightly possess. But perhaps the widest path to the destruction of state sovereignty winds its way through the Constitution’s commerce clause.

Since the infamous Wickard v. Fliburn case, the feds use the commerce clause to justify virtually unlimited intrusion into nearly every corner of American life. From regulating the nation’s entire health care system to waging a “war on drugs,” federal agents wield power over the states and the people via the commerce clause.

Rep. John Yarmuth reluctantly admitted the truth during a radio interview in August 2010. The show host asked the Kentucky Democrat: what can’t the federal government do if it can mandate Americans must purchase health insurance.

“It really doesn’t prohibit the government from doing virtually anything – the federal government. So I don’t know the answer to your question, because I am not sure there is anything under current interpretation of the commerce clause that the government couldn’t do,” Yarmuth replied.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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