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Pete Buttigieg might require negative COVID test before flights, regulate "bikes, scooters, wheelchairs"

Published in Blog on February 09, 2021 by Convention Of States

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Remember Pete Buttigieg? The one-time Democratic presidential candidate and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, landed himself a cushy cabinet job in the Biden administration as Transportation Secretary. 

Does he know anything about transportation? It doesn't appear so. But that didn't stop President Biden from giving Buttigieg the job in hopes the up-and-coming Democratic star will one day return the favor. 

Now Buttigieg is getting down to brass tacks, and he's doing what all bureaucrats do: overregulate.

In an interview with Axios, the transportation secretary said he's having "active conversation" with the CDC about requiring a negative COVID-19 test for all domestic flights.

It doesn't matter that the COVID rates have been falling across the country, or that the vaccine is rolling out. As transportation secretary, Buttigieg has a duty to impose regulations that don't make any sense, and by golly, he's going to do just that.

But that's not all. He also committed to "paying more attention" to "bikes, scooters, wheelchairs" in the coming years. He claimed that our transportation methods have changed during the pandemic, and more people are skipping their cars and donning a bike helmet.

"Absolutely, yeah, look, roads aren’t only for vehicles. We got to make sure that pedestrians and individuals and bicyclists and businesses can all coexist on the same roadway," he said.

Coming from a federal bureaucrat, these comments mean only one thing: more regulation. More regulation controlling bicycles, scooters, and wheelchairs, and more regulation controlling how roads are built. Those costs, of course, will be passed on to the American taxpayer, whether or not they want their bikes and roads controlled by bureaucrats in Washington. 

We need to change how Washington operates. We need to change how bureaucrats like Buttigieg think, and we need to limit their power. 

Washington will never impose these reforms on themselves. Fortunately, Article V of the Constitution allows We the People to do it for them.

Article V empowers the states to call a Convention of States for the purpose of proposing constitutional amendments. These amendments can limit the power, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government -- including federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

The Supreme Court has interpreted the Constitution to allow federal bureaucrats nearly unlimited control over every aspect of American life. A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that put these bureaucrats back in their constitutional box. Amendments can limit the power of some agencies and eliminate others altogether. 

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