quotes tagged with 'federal'

The true test is, whether the object be of a local character, and local use; or, whether it be of general benefit to the states. If it be purely local, congress cannot constitutionally appropriate money for the object. But, if the benefit be general, it matters not, whether in point of locality it be in one state, or several; whether it be of large, or of small extent.

Author: Joseph Story, Source: Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833Saved by ImaWriterIII in constitution government federal money taxes state local benefit JosephStory national extent 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

In 1950, the average family of four paid 2% of its earnings to federal taxes.  Today it pays 24%.

Author: William R. Mattox, Jr., Source: sometime before 1996Saved by ImaWriterIII in federal taxes state incometax williamrmattoxjr 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Has anyone stopped to consider that we might come closer to balancing the budget if all of us simply tried to live up to the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule?

Author: Ronald Reagan, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in federal budget nationaldebt ronaldreagan 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the State governments, in times of peace and security.

Author: James Madison, Source: Federalist Paper No. 45Saved by ImaWriterIII in government war jamesmadison federal peace states 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

[T]he States can best govern our home concerns and the general government our foreign ones. I wish, therefore ... never to see all offices transferred to Washington, where, further withdrawn from the eyes of the people, they may more secretly be bought and sold at market.

Author: Thomas Jefferson, Source: letter to Judge William Johnson, 1823Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny thomasjefferson federal states bribery 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The state governments have a full superintendence and control over the immense mass of local interests of their respective states, which connect themselves with the feelings, the affections, the municipal institutions, and the internal arrangements of the whole population. They possess, too, the immediate administration of justice in all cases, civil and criminal, which concern the property, personal rights, and peaceful pursuits of their own citizens.

Author: Joseph Story, Source: Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833Saved by ImaWriterIII in constitution liberty government tyranny federal justice states JosephStory 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

So that the executive and legislative branches of the national government depend upon, and emanate from the states. Every where the state sovereignties are represented; and the national sovereignty, as such, has no representation.

Author: Joseph Story, Source: Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom tyranny federal sovereignty states JosephStory national 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a FEDERAL, and not a NATIONAL constitution.

Author: James Madison, Source: Federalist Paper No. 39Saved by ImaWriterIII in constitution liberty government freedom tyranny jamesmadison federal independence states nullification national 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

In the creation of the federal government, the states exercised the highest act of sovereignty, and they may, if they please, repeat the proof of their sovereignty, by its annihilation. But the union possesses no innate sovereignty, like the states; it was not self-constituted; it is conventional, and of course subordinate to the sovereignties by which it was formed

Author: John Taylor of Caroline, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in politics liberty government freedom tyranny revolution federal sovereign states nullification johntaylorofcaroline 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; ... The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.

Author: James Madison, Source: Federalist Paper No. 45Saved by ImaWriterIII in constitution liberty government tyranny war jamesmadison federal peace states enumerationofpowers 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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