Last night, South Carolina gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett voted against the healthcare reform bill in the House. Shortly thereafter, he released this statement:

“Just because this legislation has passed does not mean that the fight is over. I will do everything in my power to defend South Carolina’s 10th amendment rights against these excessive federal government mandates.

I voted against the Democrat’s healthcare bill because my state’s economy is already on life support. We cannot afford to put any more South Carolina jobs in jeopardy — which is exactly what will happen under this government takeover of healthcare.”

First of all, I’d like to congratulate him on this line: “I voted against the Democrat’s healthcare bill because my state’s economy is already on life support.” Nicely done, sir. Nicely done.

However, I’m tired of this 10th amendment meme that’s taken hold among the right. The other day, I was listening to WTMA’s The Morning Buzz with Richard Todd and both Richard and Jack Hunter were moaning and groaning about states’ rights and what Barrett calls “excessive federal government mandates.”

Well, here’s the thing, it’s just like it says in the 10th 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.”

But there’s a problem: The states gave those powers away, and that’s fine and dandy. It’s their right to do so. But you can’t deny that that’s what they did.

See, instead of going it on their own, making do with what they had, the states got greedy, they went looking for government handouts, you know, to help pay for roads, schools, grants, tax incentives, pet projects, you name it. And in return, they gave up their sovereignty. They gave up their right to do what they like for a cheap buck.

Make no mistake, folks, the great state of South Carolina, and every other state in this union, is a gloriously fat and lazy welfare queen who feeds her increasingly large brood of children government cheese and buys lottery tickets with her EBT card and refuses week after week, year after year, to get a freakin’ job.

So please, everybody, Barrett included, enough with the 10th amendment yappery. Either wean South Carolina off the teat of federal largesse or shut the hell up.