I recently learned that South Carolina now receives 35 percent of its annual operating budget from thefederal government.

I have felt for some years that we the people are indeed abdicating our own personal responsibilities and allowing Washington to take care of us from the day we are born until the day we die. However, I was a bit shocked to learn that our state budget requirements are, to such a great extent, also being supplied with huge amounts of money. To me, that means our state is also abandoning its responsibility to provide for our local needs and is going to the bottomless pit of borrowed and printed money. That of course translates into transferring our rights as a state to Washington.

Alexander Hamilton, one of our Founding Fathers, wrote, “This balance between the national and state governments ought to be dwelt on with peculiar attention, as it is of the utmost importance. It forms a double security to the people. If one encroaches on their rights, they will find a powerful protection in the other. Indeed, they will both be prevented from over-passing their constitutional limits ... Power being almost always the rival of power, the general government will at all times stand ready to check the usurpations of the state governments, and these will have the same dispositions toward the general government.”

How sad it is that we now have such weak-willed state governmentsthat have buckled to the Washington insiders who are lining their own pockets, while taking the great idea of a “Constitutional Republic” down the road to financial disaster.

It moves me to ask, “Why are there no leaders around today like the great John C. Calhoun, who really understand the definition of state’s rights and the enumeration of powers as defined in our Constitution?

Virgil H. HustonAiken