The states created the federal government and granted it a few enumerated powers.

  • Federalist #45 – The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.
  • Federalist #46 – The message of Federalist #46, written by James Madison, was to express the fact that the power of the state governments is greater than that of the federal government, which is supposed to be a distant and largely insignificant force in our daily lives.
  • The Tenth Amendment – 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.
  • A Modest Proposal to the Federal Government: Let Utah Do It – We don’t believe that 535 members of Congress and the president can educate our children, provide health care, pave our roads and protect our environment as well as the nation’s 8,000 state legislators and tens of thousands of local officials.