"State inspection laws, health laws, and laws for regulating the
internal commerce of a State, and those which respect turnpike roads,
ferries, &c. are not within the power granted to Congress. ...
Inspection laws, quarantine laws, health laws of every description,
as well as laws for regulating the internal commerce of a State, and
those which respect turnpike roads, ferries, &c., are component parts
of this mass. No direct general power over these objects is granted to
Congress, and, consequently, they remain subject to State legislation."
by:
Justice John Marshall
(1755-1835) US Supreme Court Chief Justice
Source:
Gibbons v. Ogden, 22 U.S. (9 Wheat.) 1 (1824)
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States give these powers to the feds when they accept money from Washington.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    You've struck the nail on the head, jim k. It is because the States are beholden to Washington for money that DC 'borrows' on the backs of all Americans. It is a vicious cycle -- the solution is simple, though: Just say NO to Washington, no to their 'laws', and no to their debt. A State can issue its own paper money, too, as States and municipalities issue bonds -- these bonds can be traded just as Federal Reserve Notes are used. Time to stop playing musical chairs -- we all know how it ends up.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Welcome to the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land with its patron vassal states. Constitutional what?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Mary - MI      
     
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