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  •  Article 1 Empowers Congress to Levy Taxes and (8+ / 0-)

    tariffs to pay for the general welfare. If per the libertarian's creed that government can only help by standing aside, there would be no need to tax toward that end.

    Hamilton also believed in using tariffs to protect the domestic economy and labor force, another sin to the libertarians.

    The libertarian defines liberty as solely those freedoms that can be infringed by government. If the rich, an employer or a lender constrains you that is not in libertarian thinking an infringement of freedom.

    Plain fact is they oppose the Constitution, like those who champion the concept of states having "rights" which ended with the Articles of Confederation.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 12:50:00 PM PST

    •  Conservatives say the power is very limited (0+ / 0-)

      See the following article from the Heritage Foundation, which is actually one of the more reasonable forms of the argument:

      http://www.heritage.org/...

      Makes no mention of the fact that Madison and Jefferson both basically adopted a more Hamiltonian view when they became president both supporting the national bank that Hamilton created, and which they opposed as unconstitutional.

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