“There are a thousand sparks of genius in 50 states and a
thousand communities around the nation. It is time to nurture them and see
which ones can catch fire and become guiding lights.”
It didn’t work. Since that speech, Congress has somehow managed to find, within Article 1, Section 8 of our Constitution, enumerated powers which permit the establishment of a nationwide 1.6-gallon-per-flush toilet standard, allow for the regulation of sugar used by private ketchup manufacturers, set the legal limit on a driver’s blood alcohol level, and provide for the reconstruction of private homes following hurricanes and other natural disasters. Now, Congress is getting involved in the U.S. automotive industry, placing mandates and standards on American auto companies which only two vehicles, hybrid or standard, currently on the road can meet–buy yourself a hybrid Prius or Civic now, people–and, according to GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, would add approximately $6000 to the price of every new vehicle. And GM and Ford have a difficult time competing now…
We need less government involvement, not more. The federal government needs to get out of our sports, our vehicles, our board rooms, and our bedrooms. The federal government needs to abandon this movement toward being a [futile] panacea and revert to doing what it was designed to do — listen to the people and govern on their behalf.