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‘Feds’ Isn’t A Four-Letter Word

We're not happy with the federal government, either. But in the winter of their discontent, some citizens are going too far in condemning the very role of federalism in our daily lives. At their most extreme, some of these people consider themselves patriots and constitutional purists - assessments we doubt our founding fathers would share. Nullification is one of the hot-button issues of the anti-federalists, and while we agree that federal backers of sweeping health-care reform have overstepped their authority, the proper remedy is taking place right now through Idaho's and other states' attorneys general. State legislative attempts to reject national health-care reform are exercises in political pandering with no legal bases. In their zeal to give themselves credit and the president and Congress a black eye, the legislative backers of nullification are arguing against the very constitutional foundation they purport to support/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Do you think "feds" is a four-letter word?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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