Constitutional Authority Statements

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12 Responses

  1. Jaybird says:

    General Welfare!Report

  2. Burt Likko says:

    And the funny thing is that this particular bill falls reasonably close to “interstate commerce” as well as military and national security issues, both of which are areas where, if invoked reasonably, Federal authority would functionally unquestioned. I have to imagine that this bit of drafting is the result of laziness rather than avoidance.Report

  3. Jason Kuznicki says:

    That’s not much of a power!

    Are you kidding me?  It says all powers.  That makes Congress all-powerful!Report

  4. Will H. says:

    In the vernacular:
    We’re gonna write this into a law, because we can.Report

  5. MFarmer says:

    One day you will all realize the dogmatic libertarians were right. I’m going to say nanny-nanny-boo-boo.Report

  6. Jeff Wong says:

    It’s not interstate commerce what’s being sold?


  7. wardsmith says:

    Definition – Endless Loop: See Loop EndlessReport

    • Will H. in reply to wardsmith says:

      One time, back in the old days when I was going to school, I was writing this paper for some class, and I wanted to use the word ‘dilemma.’
      I couldn’t remember if it had 2 L’s or 2 M’s, so I pulled out my little paperback dictionary to look it up.
      I tried both spellings, but the word wasn’t listed.
      The dictionary gave me the definition, even without an entry, when all I wanted was to check the spelling.Report

  8. Scott says:


    So I’m still waiting to hear how you came up the idea that Article I, Section I isn’t much power?  Frankly it is a good thing  that Congress has to cite their authority upon which to pass each law.Report