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The Powers of Congress.
04/26/12 at 20:26:48
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As promised to Dude in another thread, I am posting the Powers of Congress.

Section 8 - Powers of Congress

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.


Admittedly I am not the sharpest tack in the box, but I am waiting for Dude to enlighten me as to exactly where the power to interpret the Constitution is granted unto Congress or exactly which power contains within it the power to arbitrarily give taxpayers money in foreign aid or the power to preemptively go to war.

The one other thing I would like to see is exactly that power or duty which allows the Congress to abdicate its power unto the President.

No doubt a very learned young fellow such as yourself should be able to enlighten me.

  

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Reply #1 - 04/26/12 at 20:28:31
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Wayne, a favor, Sir, if you might. Once this thread runs it's course, would it be possible to move it to the Constitutional topics forum?
  

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Reply #2 - 04/26/12 at 21:30:39
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What I have found in my many years of being involved in politics is  Republicans believe Congress is limited to those 16 duties, but somewhere along the way Democrats have deccided that if the Constitution does not forbid them from something then it is constutional for them to do it.

Like education and social services/issues
  
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Reply #3 - 04/26/12 at 22:45:16
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msbobbie wrote on 04/26/12 at 21:30:39:
What I have found in my many years of being involved in politics is  Republicans believe Congress is limited to those 16 duties, but somewhere along the way Democrats have deccided that if the Constitution does not forbid them from something then it is constutional for them to do it.

Like education and social services/issues


Granted, but we have PUBS that believe and do the same thing.
  

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Reply #4 - 04/26/12 at 23:01:22
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Shooterman wrote on 04/26/12 at 22:45:16:
Granted, but we have PUBS that believe and do the same thing.

Guess they didn't go to the same kinda' grammar schools we did.
  

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Reply #5 - 04/26/12 at 23:16:05
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msbobbie wrote on 04/26/12 at 21:30:39:
What I have found in my many years of being involved in politics is  Republicans believe Congress is limited to those 16 duties, but somewhere along the way Democrats have deccided that if the Constitution does not forbid them from something then it is constutional for them to do it.

Like education and social services/issues


The Constitution gives the federal government very few and very specific "enumerated" powers.  But starting almost immediately - at least as early as 1816 in McCulloch v. Maryland - the government began assuming for itself "implied" powers.  Once the government frees itself from the restriction of enumerated powers, the game is over. It may take 200 years to play itself out, but the game is over, and government becomes the totalitarian creature the Constitution was intended to protect us from.
  
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Reply #6 - 04/26/12 at 23:23:55
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gabriel wrote on 04/26/12 at 23:16:05:
The Constitution gives the federal government very few and very specific "enumerated" powers.  But starting almost immediately - at least as early as 1816 in McCulloch v. Maryland - the government began assuming for itself "implied" powers.  Once the government frees itself from the restriction of enumerated powers, the game is over. It may take 200 years to play itself out, but the game is over, and government becomes the totalitarian creature the Constitution was intended to protect us from.

As real Americans we understand this.  Someting the other side will never see.
  

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Reply #7 - 04/26/12 at 23:30:50
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duster wrote on 04/26/12 at 23:23:55:
As real Americans we understand this.  Someting the other side will never see.


Something many so called conservatives have no understanding of, either. Sad.
  

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Reply #8 - 04/27/12 at 09:55:01
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So little comment, especially from some that are usually so vociferous.
  

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Reply #9 - 04/27/12 at 10:04:27
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Shooterman,
Thanks for putting that up!
  
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