C. McMasters Ph.D.

Southerner, American, Lover of Liberty, PhD of political science, professor, blogger.

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Mandatory Spending and The Consequences of Increasing Taxation

According to Webster taxation is the “most difficult subject of legislation”. Perhaps this is because taxation is the primary subject of legislation. In my last post, I discussed the constitutionality of tax hikes needed to pay for unconstitutional federal programs. I’ve also been discussing the sticky and muddled relationship between the state and federal governments, …

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Unfunded Mandates, Grants, and the Power of the Federal Government to Strong Arm the States

The Constitution severely confines federal power. Should I say that again? The Constitution severely confines federal power. This means that most all power is held by the states. However, the federal government wants the power that the states have. So, what does the federal government do? In today’s blog post, I’m unpacking a few of …

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Is It Constitutional? Monthly Payment For Child Support

Per NPR: “The COVID-19 relief bill working its way through Congress is full of big ideas to help people. But there’s one idea that’s so big, it was politically unthinkable not that long ago.” Sometimes I wonder what the authors of these news articles are thinking, not to mention what the politicians are thinking. Do …

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Oklahoma House Passes Bill Saying They Can Declare Federal Law Unconstitutional

This Oklahoma bill is an excellent case study of constitutional law and constitutional realms of power. Here we have a state legislature asserting that it will not require the state to follow federal laws that the state legislature deems unconstitutional. That’s a mouthful. Let’s look at some of the details. “Oklahoma lawmakers have passed a …

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