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By David Brownlow
April 8, 2004

Congress is going to pass a highway funding bill sometime in the next few weeks. So go ahead, pick your poison. Will it be the $256 billion President Bush is asking for, the $275 billion the House wants to spend, or the $318 billion behemoth approved by the Senate?

In typical Washington fashion, all three versions of the highway bill represent an ILLEGAL usurpation of power by the federal government, since the Constitution does not authorize even one dime of federal money to be spent on state roads. Or in other words, �Heads we lose, Tails they win.�

The gangsters who have seized near total control of our government might just as well be asking, �Would you like us to break your left leg, or your right leg?�

Conspicuously missing from the highway funding debate is the only legal option, the �let�s get the feds out of the highway business and let the states take care of their own roads,� version of the bill.

Not surprisingly, a good portion of the highway money will not even be for the stated purpose of building roads and bridges. Many billions will be diverted for nature trails, fish restoration projects, scenic byways, bus stops, Coney Island pedestrian walkways, highways in Puerto Rico, international fuel tax schemes and numerous other pork projects.

In an alarming show of bipartisan thuggery, there were only 65 dissenters for the highway bill in the House and only 21 in the Senate! Offering further proof that the Republicans and the Democrats have merged together, leaving us at the mercy of a one-party political system. Or more accurately, a one-party criminal syndicate!

To watch the federal government prepare to rob us blind once again is nothing new. But to see this latest round of highway spending get approved with such an amazingly small number of dissenters is a really, really bad sign. It would seem the take-over of our government is in a very advance stage. They are now just haggling over how to split up the pieces.

The reason so many supported these highway bills is that there is a little something in there for everyone. Take a look at S.1072, the Senate version of the �Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2004.� (If you can stomach it) It will become immediately obvious that anyone who voted to approve this bill never even read the 215,000 words contained in the hundreds of individual line items. Most likely, all they bothered to do was to confirm that the goodies for their own districts were buried somewhere in bill.

Are we calling on the states to let their roads and bridges fall into disrepair? Of course not. It�s just that aside from being illegal, the whole premise of federal involvement in state highways makes absolutely no sense. There is no way the federal government can confiscate money from the states, bring it all the way to Washington, churn it through the federal bureaucracy, send a little of it back, yet somehow provide better highways than the states and the people could do on their own, with their own money.

Is there some free highway money floating around that we do not know about? No, the money for highways can only come from one place - you and me. And it is illegal for the federal government to confiscate our money for any purpose that is not specifically enumerated in the Constitution, whether it is for highways, prescription drugs, farm aid or for undeclared wars.

To put that another way, �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.� (10th Amendment)

What we see happening with these highway bills has become the standard game plan in Washington. We are only offered the choices for highway funding they want and we are forced to pick the one that will cause us the least amount of harm.

Kind of like being forced to choose between two, rich, fifty-something, �Skull and Bones,� warmongering, big government-loving socialists for President!

What is getting ready to happen to us with these billion dollar federal rip-offs is nothing short of highway robbery. What is unique about this particular kind of robbery is that we will reward the criminals responsible. We will reward them with our votes. We will reward them with honor, prestige and riches. And, we will reward them with the power they so desperately crave.

The only way we are ever going to put an end to this kind of outright thievery is to hold our leaders accountable to the oaths they swore to uphold the Constitution. And, the only realistic way we can hold them accountable is to kick every one of the offending politicians out of office this November.

Every one of them swore they would not do what they are about to do - steal hundreds of billions of dollars from the taxpayers of this nation - and use those billions to buy their political power.

If we allow these lawbreaking politicians to get away with this latest heist, then we have no one to blame but ourselves.

� 2004 David Brownlow - All Rights Reserved

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Dave Brownlow, an engineer, has been designing and selling industrial automation control systems since 1979. He lives in Clackamas OR with his wife Suzanne and their four children. Active in the pro-life movement and conservative politics for over 20 years, David ran for US Congress in the 3rd District of Oregon in 2002 on the Constitution Party ticket. He has announced his plans to run again in 2004. His Web-Site  E-Mail: [email protected]







"To watch the federal government prepare to rob us blind once again is nothing new. But to see this latest round of highway spending get approved with such an amazingly small number of dissenters is a really, really bad sign."