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An Old But Good Argument Revisited

The Constitution of the United States of America
OUR US CONSTITUTION IS THE BEST the world has ever seen, and the oldest one still in use. Still, it is far from perfect. The Anti-federalists pointed out many weaknesses and pushed for the Bill of Rights. Imagine where we would be without the Bill of Rights. Still, if you honestly read the Constitution, and study it well, you will find that the Anti-federalists were right. The Constitution put everything in place for the states to be reduced to mere districts. The Civil War was began as the ultimate rejection of this idea.

Since then, the Federal Goverment has encroached upon not only the states, (14th Amendment; 17th Amendment), but even local government (Civil Rights Acts is the prime example of this). A few specific dangers provided by the Anti-federalists include: 1) No check on federal judicial power; 2) No check on the power of the Federal Government due to the "welfare" clause; 3) Complete and unquestionable (by the states) taxing authority given to the Federal Government.

Many believe that the Constitutional Debate was about states rights, but that's not true. Some delegates argued for elimination of the states altogether. Keep in mind the Federalists won one of America's first PR battles by seizing the title of "Federalist" for themselves and leaving the opposition with "Anti-federalist". At the time the word "confederacy" and "federation" meant exactly the same thing. The Federalists were actually Nationalists and the Anti-federalists were the true Federalists. Whatever party or movement comes out of all this present day crisis, if we are ever given another chance at freedom and self-government, we must address the issues pointed out by the Anti-federalists.

Wayward Son

Miami-Dade Surfing The Spotlight

AFTER MONTHS OF SETBACKS, the Miami-Dade County Commission moved Tuesday to accept County Manager George Burgess's recommendation to award federal lobbying contracts to four firms instead of three, a move that will require that the county spend $150,000 that was to be set aside for related work orders and optional services.

During last year's solicitation process, the commission moved to award governmental consulting contracts to Alcalde & Fay, based in Arlington, VA; Patton Boggs, based in Washington, DC: and Greenberg Traurig, based in Miami. The firms would provide Miami-Dade with representation and governmental consulting services before the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.

Last June 10 the award recommendation went before the commission's Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Committee. As rankings were close, the committee requested that the fourth (Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson, based in Orlando) and fifth (Cardenas Partners, based in Tallahassee) ranked firms also receive contracts.

The original award recommendation allocated $720,000 annually, amounting to $190,000 per contract per year, with an additional $150,000 reserved for any additional lobbying services. According to Victoria Mallette, county communications director, Mr. Burgess recommended negotiating a contract with Akerman for the additional $150,000.

—Ashley Hopkins

Burgess resigned his position as Miami-Dade County Manager after Mayor Carlos Alvarez was recalled last week with nearly 90% of the vote lodged against him. But now Burgess is under attack for the golden parachute severance package he is set to receive.

Corruption continues to bleed our nation. Feeding at the public trough is out of control. The "little" people in "mere" unions are being stripped of lavish considerations yet the "big" boys continue to scoop out golden nuggets for themselves. We, the people, stumble deeper into debt as a massive transfer of wealth is funneled upward in the economic food chain, changing us from a once thriving nation to a mere clash of forces driven by personal greed spun out of balance from the capitalistic morality.