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  •  The Constitution is silent on the (0+ / 0-)

    amount of money spent.  It lays out obligations that are to be met ("mays" and "musts") and starts with the duty to "provide for the general welfare."  How that is to be specifically accomplished is left up to us to decide.  We the people.  You know, the clods who govern.  Even Justice Kennedy admits that he and the rest are merely agents -- i.e. hirelings.

    Just to be clear, the Constitution doesn't mandate that we do anything.  It provides a framework to guide our selection of agents whom we tell what to perform.

    There are some things we must NOT do, but those aren't in the Constitution (except maybe treason).  Crimes are in the criminal code.  Our agents of government are presumably honorable and patriotic persons, which is why their actions, however ill-advised, aren't considered to be crimes.  If they don't perform, the solution is to dismiss them.

    by hannah on Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 12:59:21 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, it does tell us what we have to do (1+ / 0-)
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      E.g. provide for the common defense, general welfare, etc. It just doesn't tell us HOW to do these things. Sadly, and quite laughably IMO, there are still people who believe that this lack of absolute specificity limits our power to do much of anything. Ergo, no Fed, no EPA, no FAA, etc.

      "Those who stand for nothing fall for anything...Mankind are forever destined to be the dupes of bold & cunning imposture" --Alexander Hamilton

      by kovie on Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 01:21:19 PM PDT

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    •  Ah.. so.. "imposes obligations" (0+ / 0-)

      is just kinda in your head then.. gotcha.

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