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11 February, 2009

To Hell with Our Constitution

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 14:31

Walter Williams illustrates why Allenby’s advice in “Lawrence of Arabia” still stands as some of the best advice ever. When Brighton implores, “Surely you aren’t going to just do nothing!” he replies, “Why not? It’s usually the best.

Stimulus package debate is over how much money should be spent, whether some should given to the National Endowment for the Arts, research sexually transmitted diseases or bail out Amtrak, our failing railroad system. Dr. Higgs says, “Hardly anyone, however, is asking the most important question: Should the federal government be doing any of this?” He adds, “Until the 1930s, the Constitution served as a major constraint on federal economic interventionism. The government’s powers were understood to be just as the framers intended: few and explicitly enumerated in our founding document and its amendments. Search the Constitution as long as you like, and you will find no specific authority conveyed for the government to spend money on global-warming research, urban mass transit, food stamps, unemployment insurance, Medicaid, or countless other items in the stimulus package and, even without it, in the regular federal budget.”

Read the whole thing. It’s worth your time.

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1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the post

    Comment by Skip O'Neill — 18 February, 2009 @ 11:24


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