Thursday, March 26, 2009

After the State Sovereignty Resolution...

Walter Williams suggests that we should follow the example of Colorado and put some teeth into state sovereignty:

"In 1994, the Colorado Legislature passed a 10th Amendment resolution and later introduced a bill titled 'State Sovereignty Act.' Had the State Sovereignty Act passed both houses of the legislature, it would have required all people liable for any federal tax that's a component of the highway users fund, such as a gasoline tax, to remit those taxes directly to the Colorado Department of Revenue. The money would have been deposited in an escrow account called the 'Federal Tax Fund' and remitted monthly to the IRS, along with a list of payees and respective amounts paid. If Congress imposed sanctions on Colorado for failure to obey an unconstitutional mandate and penalized the state by withholding funds due, say $5 million for highway construction, the State Sovereignty Act would have prohibited the state treasurer from remitting any funds in the escrow account to the IRS. Instead, Colorado would have imposed a $5 million surcharge on the Federal Tax Fund account to continue the highway construction."

But we need to get HCR 11 and the other State Sovereignty resolutions passed first.

One step at a time...

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