The parting shot of our Bill of Rights 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."
Anybody want to take a shot at what powers actually ARE delegated to the Federal Government? A glance at the our Founding Document will tell you that Washington has the Constitutional right:
- To lay and collect taxes
- To borrow money
- To regulate international and interstate trade
- To come up with a method for naturalization
- To regulate bankruptcies
- To coin money and punish counterfeiters
- To set standards for weights and measures
- To establish post offices and post roads
- To issue patents
- To create courts lower than the Supreme Court
- To punish pirates
- To declare war and the rules thereof
- To raise an army, a navy, and a militia and govern them
- To govern Washington, D.C.
- And finally, to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States.
But we don't have to be.