(CNN) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s swipe at federal spending to monitor volcanoes has the mayor of one city in the shadow of Mount St. Helens fuming.
Gov. Bobby Jindal says spending for the U.S. Geological Survey is questionable.
“Does the governor have a volcano in his backyard?” Royce Pollard, the mayor of Vancouver, Washington, said on Wednesday. “We have one that’s very active, and it still rumbles and spits and coughs very frequently.”
So Pollard and Washington have volcanoes, and Jindal and Louisiana do not, so how is it the folks in Washington get to take the livelihood of the folks in Louisiana to pay for the monitoring of their volcano?
The 14th Amendment says, “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;” Does this really count as due-process, Congress just passing the law?
And how about there being nothing in the Constitution or any amendment assigning to the Federal Government the responsibility of volcano monitoring, thus the expense and function being illegitimate and illegal?