Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

An Indefinite Government

Posted by Mark on October 23, 2009

Interesting in light of our Government’s actions of late:

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents – J. Madison

“Compared to today, yesteryear’s vision vastly differs in what congressional actions are constitutionally permissible. How might today’s congress, president and courts square their behavior with that of their predecessors? The most generous interpretation of their behavior I can give is their misunderstanding of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution that reads, “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.” Misuse of the “general welfare” clause serves as warrant for Congress to do just about anything upon which it can secure a majority vote.” – Walter E. Williams Ideas on Liberty – August 2006

http://economics.gmu.edu/wew/articles/fee/constitution.html

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