Hijacking the General Welfare clause

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March 1, 2012
The Tireless Agorist
by Agorist Don  
Posted in Commentary

"For the first 150 years of our history, the Congress of the United States conducted its business within the boundaries of seventeen enumerated powers granted under Article I Section 8 of the United States Constitution, and the general welfare clause was understood to be 'a reference to the other powers enumerated in the subsequent clauses of the same section.' It wasn't until the case of United States v. Butler, 297 U.S. 1 (1936) 2 that the Supreme Court decided that a restrictive interpretation placed such substantive limits on the federal government that a broader interpretation was needed to support the massive expansion of the state that Roosevelt's New Deal required." (03/01/12)


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