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National Review Institute Summit:
John Hood Discusses Power of Republicans at State Level

One of the panels today at the National Review Institute’s Summit was “Solutions from the States.” The topics ranged from the transfer of income from high-tax to low-tax states, the impact of pop culture on conservatism and how to change it, and the broad wins at the state level that the Republican Party has had over the past several election cycles.

To that last point, John Hood – President of the John Locke Foundation – spent a few moments with me talking about how the strength of the state-based Republican Party can be translated to national prominence.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)



  1. This is an extremely important message.

    Back in the 1970’s, the age of “new federalism” was ushered in. We had a powerful national government which redistributed wealth from the “rich” states to the “poor” states through block grants and other schemes by the national income tax rich national government. The result was a huge block of states dependent on the national government. In return, the national government took control of the states by regulation of how the funds were used. Fair enough, for a typical employer-employee relationship.

    Now the states are looking around at Illinois, New York, California, etc. and asking why they should be frugal and have to bail the spendthrifts out. Furthermore, New Yorkers, Californians, and others are moving to lower tax states, but taking their prissy government financed demands with them.

    Fiscal conservatism is alive and growing in the states. “New federalism” is a yoke that can be discarded and should be thrown off. The states, in unison, are in a position to force the federal government to back off and shrink its leviathan power. California and Illinois are bellwether enough for almost any state to see the picture.

    Obama is working mightily to bury the states under the weight of federalism. His achilles heel might well be his crusade to gut the Second Amendment.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 26, 2013 @ 8:11 pm - January 26, 2013

  2. Unfortunately, the States lost their leverage at the Federal-level when they allowed US Senators to be directly-elected rather than appointed. Even en mass the Governors have to tip-toe into the Oval Office caps-in-hand to beg for scraps.

    Short of calling for a Constitutional Convention…the States effectively are vassals of the Federal Executive and Congress when it comes to policy. And the Constitutional Convention-option is double-edged as is all-or-nothing…leave as it is or a wholesale re-write. The States can’t limit the scope or topics discussed once the Convention convenes. Their only leverage after that point is the 2/3s required for ratification…and the dissenters are screwed if then-ratified. Post-ratification succession just will not fly…been there, done that, definitely not-again.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 26, 2013 @ 11:27 pm - January 26, 2013

  3. Ted,

    I agree in most every way about Constitutional Conventions and the whole amendment process in general. I also would favor keeping it that way for a wide variety of reasons.

    My suggestions is that the Republican Governors start to work a bit more like the Bilderberger group where they gather to hammer out an agenda to fend off the federal government, reestablish state sovereignty and increase their membership by electing more Republican governors.

    The Confederate States of America tried to secede and failed. But states actually have a lot of power against the federal government which they do not use. Sheriffs in particular can run circles around a lot of what Obama is letting loose. A concerted, unified effort to force the federal government to back off would at least focus the issues.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 27, 2013 @ 9:38 am - January 27, 2013

  4. Yeah, good luck with any of that once the Democrats, via Amnesty, turn 10,000,000 uneducated welfare recipients into locked Democrat voters.

    Comment by V the K — January 27, 2013 @ 4:56 pm - January 27, 2013

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