Saturday, April 30, 2011

Powers of Congress

“Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Hos, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, THEN GET A JOB.

Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or even better tubal ligations. Also calling 911 for an ambulance because you stumped your toe and all the attention cost’s them nothing, what a shame!! Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, THEN GET A JOB.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your ‘home’ will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, THEN GET A JOB and YOUR OWN PLACE.

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a ‘government’ job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the ‘common good.’

Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be ‘demeaning’ and ruin their ‘self esteem,’ consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.

If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes (and life styles—my addition) we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

AND While you are on Government subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes that is correct. For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Government welfare check. If you want to vote, THEN GET A JOB.”

I received the above from one of my regular contributors. He did not give me a source. The author may be from Texas since he makes reference to Lone Star cards (Texas is the Lone Star State) which seems to be the equivalent of the “link” card used in Illinois by select individuals to make purchases of food and related items at local stores.

Powers of the Congress of the United States:

Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 8, Congressional Powers

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

[What do the writers of the Constitution mean by the phrase “provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States?’ Note first that it is the general welfare of the United States. It is not and was NEVER meant to mean “provide for the individual welfare of select groups of people within the United States.” If that was the intent, it could have been and would have been written into the Constitution. The States certainly had poor people within them at the time of the writing of the Constitution. The States certainly had uneducated people within them at the time of the writing of the Constitution. The States certainly had unhealthy people within them at the time of the writing of the Constitution.

The concept of providing the “common defense and general welfare of the United States” is determined by the remaining powers prescribed to Congress. Each one listed deals with either the defense of the United States, the general welfare of the United States, or both. Therefore if a power is not listed, it was not and is not considered a power belonging to Congress to provide for the common defense and the general welfare of the United States. The writers of the Constitution agreed upon certain powers for the federal government in relation to these two items. Those listed are the ONLY legitimate powers Congress has in these areas unless additional powers are given through Constitutional Amendment!]

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 repeal 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.”

The thirteen original States were all considered to be sovereign, independent nations. These thirteen States willing ceded a portion of their own sovereignty to form the United States of America. However, these States deliberated and knowingly limited the power of that newly created federal government. The powers given to the Congress of that new government—Congress having the law making power—are specifically and distinctly listed. Congress HAS NO POWER beyond the specific powers listed in the Constitution unless provided by Constitutional Amendment.

So, where exactly in the listed powers does Congress have the power to give money to the poor or anyone else (Lone Star cards), provide healthcare to the poor or anyone else outside of the military (Medicaid), provide housing to the poor or anyone else outside of the military (government housing), finance and control education, and a vast number of other things that the federal government is now involved in? None of these things were originally done by the federal government. None of these things constitutionally should be done by the federal government.

And yet, for the 2008-2009 federal budget spending included: Social programs 21%

Social programs: About 13% of total outlays were for Medicaid, food stamps, temporary assistance for needy families, supplemental security income, and related programs; and the remaining outlays were for health research and public health programs, unemployment compensation, assisted housing, and social services.

$3,518,000,000,000 = total spending
$0,738,780,000,000 = amount for social programs
That is, seven hundred thirty eight billion, seven hundred eighty million dollars

The federal government is NOT a centralized, national government. It has only those powers delegated to it by the States through the Constitution of the United States. Why have the States allowed the federal government to seize such centralized power and authority? Why have we, the people allowed the federal government to seize such centralized power and authority? Isn’t it time to TAKE BACK THE NATION and limit the federal government to the constitutional powers given?