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View Diary: "Nowhere in the Constitution" -- Except in the Constitution's very First Section (135 comments)

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  •  Catesby may have been suggesting (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, VClib

    (and I'm just speculating about her point) that you go beyond section 8 and read section 9 (among others). Ranting about the federal gov'ts section 8 power to lay and collect taxes while omitting the constraints on that power makes your rant look ... inadequately informed. Leaving aside the unsupportable claim that the "general welfare" language allows Congress to do anything that a majority thinks might be good or nice for the country, the ways in which Congress can raise the money to do all those nice things are specifically limited. You might want to see section 9 and do some research on direct taxes, capitation, and apportionment. Rants are easy; policy is hard.

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