So the city of berkeley (lower case was intentional) deems it appropriate to say the US Marine Corps isnt' welcome within city limits. Now members of Congress are chiming in, saying berkeley earmarks should be pulled. The system that permits this sort of retribution is itself an unforgivable violation of the principles of Federalism. Why in the world is ANYONE paying TAXES to the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT so they can be allocated to LOCAL SCHOOL PROGRAMS? That's an asinine waste of resources. To make matters worse, it is an absolute violation of the Constitution. Yes, Berkeley deserves to be ostracized for their hostile stand towards our men and women in uniform. However, we're looking at a system by which taxpayer dollars are dangled inappropriately into matters of State, Local, and Individual responsibility for the purposes of control and manipulation by the National Government. Remember the Federal Government circumventing the Constitution this way to take away the states' rights to assign their own Drinking ages? What about Speed Limits, huh? This is a violation of sovereignty and of Federalism itself. This is National Socialism, pure and simple. And it makes me sick.