Tuesday, October 02, 2007

NYRI: Lights Out for Central/Upstate NY

The Feds have announced our fate: we're in the middle of an electric transmission corridor to serve the coastal megalopolis.

And if you think New York State might hold sway, think again by checking out Arizona's fate.
The commission found Arizona customers would pay more to build the line, but not receive adequate financial benefit. The commission also cited environmental concerns. (Business Journal of Phoenix)
Sound familiar?

Clearly the Federal Government is OK with trashing smaller regional economies for the benefit of large metropolitan areas -- so arguments of that nature will fall on deaf ears. It seems to me we should be concentrating on whether the Feds have the right to do this.

Whatever happened to the concept of states' rights?


Anonymous said...

Arcuri took the State's Rights away with his amendment.

Cato said...

Feds 3
States 0

Next battle: The Bill of Rights

(First big win for Feds was the Federal Reserve Bank. The second was the New Deal.)

Hercules Mulligan said...

Hello, Strikeslip.

Thanks for linking to my blog.

I think that states' rights went down the drain when the Constitution did:

"But as the plan of the [Constitutional] convention aims only at a partial union or consolidation, the State governments would clearly retain all the rights of sovereignty which they before had, and which were not, by that act, exclusively delegated to the United States. This exclusive delegation, or rather this alienation, of State sovereignty, would only exist in three cases: where the Constitution in express terms granted an exclusive authority to the Union; where it granted in one instance an authority to the Union, and in another prohibited the States from exercising the like authority; and where it granted an authority to the Union, to which a similar authority in the States would be absolutely and totally contradictory and repugnant."

The federal government clearly has no right to tell the states what to do with their land, or to tell the people of those states that they must sacrifice their homes and property because the almighty fed hath declared it.

When our public officials take an oath to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution," I have the sneaking hunch they are acknowledging a different constitution.

Anonymous said...

I am a former central New York person, and I was wondering what was going on with the power line, sorry to hear it is going through.

Make other suffer for the "common good" of a few, and then tax others.