Sunday, October 24, 2010

Amendment 10: Powers of the States and People

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

The tenth amendment affirms the power to the federal government.  It gives the states the right to decide upon rulings that are not listed in any legislation.

"Health Care Plan Violates 10th Amendment"

This article provides evidence how the health care plan violates the tenth amendment by saying, "Unless the editorial board can point to the specific powers granted to the general government in the Constitution, any health care solutions should rightly come through the states."  It's interesting how this amendment can go in favor of the states when the ninth amendment affirms a similar ruling to the people.

This cartoon shows a child excited to get her license because the tenth amendment says she can.  However, the states say she can not get her license until she reaches a specific age.  Many rulings fall in this gray area because although they are not listed in the Constitution, they are decided upon by the state.

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