I didn’t win
the Powerball jackpot a couple of weeks ago when it was over a billion dollars.
I honestly didn’t believe I would, knowing the odds of that happening were
about 292,000,000 to 1. But I also knew
if I didn’t buy a ticket, the odds would be even higher. And since winning the
lottery is part of my retirement plan, I thought I better give it a shot. I buy
a ticket every week as part of that plan. I call it “Plan B.” But I also put a
little money in the bank, and invest a little in the stock market. So far saving
and investing have worked out a little better than the lottery plan, but I
still think it’s a good idea to have some diversity in accomplishing your long
range goals, even if the odds of some of those plans working out are a little
longer than others.
I felt the same way when I started a
construction business 42 years ago. While I stopped short of naming it the
“We’ll Do Anything For A Buck Construction Company,” we did offer a wide range
of services to keep us busy in case the public decided paneling and ceiling
tile were no longer in vogue. While that philosophy has managed to keep the
family clothed and fed for 42 years, I’m still buying that lottery ticket every
Saturday. And keeping my options open.
227 years ago some people got
together and came up with a Constitution that spelled out what our newly formed
federal government should be allowed to do. They started out granting it about
17duties in Article 1, Section 8 of that Constitution, and then the citizens
added a few more over the years whenever they felt the need for one.
I think a lot of them also knew, as
Thomas Jefferson warned, that “The natural progress of things is for
liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” And being aware of that, they
also came up with a “Plan B.” They put it in the Bill of Rights, and called it
the Tenth Amendment. It states “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.” So that when the federal
government started making laws it wasn’t authorized to make, like maybe about
education or healthcare, the states and the people could nullify those
may not all agree on exactly what the federal government is allowed to do, just
about everybody agrees it’s doing some things it shouldn’t be doing. And a
growing number of us think it’s doing a lot of things it shouldn’t be doing.
And there’s a better than average chance that after the next election, it’s
going to be doing a lot more things that a lot more of us don’t think it should
pretty safe bet the federal government isn’t going to limit itself. That’s why
it is so important that the states and the people understand the power they
have in the Tenth Amendment, and use it to nullify the federal government back
within the confines of the Constitution.
all, what do we have to lose?
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