(February 3, 2012) Michael Boldin, Director for the Tenth Amendment Center, presented his thoughts to Fox News on the impact and potential effects of the federal government presenting a one size fits all solution for implementation by our cumulative sovereign states. The proposal being discussed concerns the American Beverage Institute’s attempts to kill the provision requiring states to mandate ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers supports this legislation.
Michael Boldin, executive director of the Tenth Amendment Center, said he disagreed with the “one-size-fits-all solution” behind the provision, particularly given that 42 states have already weighed in on whether to put ignition interlock laws on the books.
“Every time we set that precedent that the federal government can mandate on the states certain rules or regulations, then the next time that something bigger comes up — perhaps a health care mandate — then there’s already the building blocks for this type of power that’s been allowed in the past,” he told FoxNews.com.
Boldin said members of Congress may want to consider that states could better attack the problem by focusing their efforts on initiatives that have been proven to work.
“One state may do something really badly and another state may do it very well,” he said. “You’re going to learn from people’s mistakes much faster than the federal government slapping a one size fits all solution on it.”