Guest Column: The powers of federal government
I wrote recently about our nation’s long-running debate over where governmental power resides - at the state or national level.
Our federal Constitution specifically “enumerates” what powers belong to the federal government - health care is not one of them.
However, the Constitution also contains some very broad phrases allowing the federal government to “provide for the general welfare” and “regulate interstate commerce.”
Over the years, the U.S. Supreme Court has used these broad phrases to expand federal control, ignoring the enumerated powers section of the Constitution.
To those who believe in interpreting the Constitution literally, this is nothing short of treason from the very men sworn to defend the Constitution. The debate rages on today. Seventeen states are contesting the power of the federal government to implement Obamacare.
Reader Dr. Richard Boronow, having read my column, reminded me of what James Madison wrote in The Federalist No. 41, a letter to the people of New York published in the Independent Journal in 1788.