Is the Federal Government’s power limitless?

For those who are sophisticated enough to realize that the Tea Party movement isn’t about racism, straight up, I pose this question. From WSJ:

Constitutional professors quoted in the press and across the Web explain that much about the federal government’s modern authority is “settled” law. Even so, many of these legal commentators are quite close to arguing that the national government’s economic and political powers are now limitless and unfettered. I wonder if Justice Kennedy believes that.

Or as David Kopel asked on the Volokh Conspiracy blog: “Is the tax power infinite?”

More to the point, are the powers of the federal government infinite, since apparently the “commerce clause” can be applied to just about everything.

No one in the Obama White House, asked that in public on Sunday morning, would simply say yes, no matter that the evidence of this government’s actions the past year indicate they do. In his “Today Show” interview this week, Mr. Obama with his characteristic empathy acknowledged there are “folks who have legitimate concerns . . . that the federal government may be taking on too much.”

My reading of the American public is that they have moved past “concerns.” Somewhere inside the programmatic details of ObamaCare and the methods that the president, Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Reid used to pass it, something went terribly wrong. Just as something has gone terribly wrong inside the governments of states like California, New York, New Jersey, Michigan and Massachusetts.

Something went wrong, and The People aren’t happy about it. Not all people. The people who are going to benefit from the wealth and hard work of others are happy as pie. The people who are pissed off are those who make America WORK.

Obama has (laughingly) challenged the right to “Go for it.”

Ok.

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24 Comments on “Is the Federal Government’s power limitless?”

  1. Car in Says:

    So what, Bob? so. what. I can link Zombieblog signs that are worse.

    People are mad. dissent is patriotic. But signs aside, I’m talking ISSUES here. Any more than you don’t want to be associated (i’d hope) with some of the uglier signs out there during the Bush years, I’m not represented by EVERY sign out there. And, the signs are nothing but a short expression of the ideas behind them.

    So, let’s stick to the ideas here.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hey Carin, it was just a test. Last time I tried to post it appeared I was blocked. The time before some creep edited by comment to reflect their personal sexual deviance. Thanks for cleaning that one up by the way.

    What is fascinating me this morning, and it’s all about federal power, is the FBI clean up of those 9 xtrian militia ‘baggers last week. I’m just curious if the paranoid fantasies of many of the wackier ‘baggers of black choppers and FBI and internment camps are somehow SFPs.

  3. Hotspur Says:

    I thought you quit. Maybe it was wishful thinking.

    Nice try, attempting to tie the Hutaree whackos to the Tea Party. Care to provide any proof?

    Why do you associate yourself with Amy Bishop and Joseph Stack?

  4. Jazz Says:

    What is fascinating me this morning, and it’s all about federal power, is the FBI clean up of those 9 xtrian militia ‘baggers last week.

    Right now, the only provable political affiliation of any of the Hutaree group is Democrat. And the fact that some of them – irrespective of political affiliation – may have liked what the Tea Partiers have to say does not mean that the TP people embrace the Hutarees.

  5. Jazz Says:

    And look what the cat dragged in… It looks like another Hutaree member was a Bush hater, something he has a lot in common with Bob!

  6. wiserbud Says:

    How dare someone block someone from freely commenting on their blog!!!


  7. Bob reads “The Stranger”.

    That explains a lot.

  8. agiledog Says:

    Two off-topic comments? How come they have not been dealt with?

    As to the question of the post: Yes, the Federal Goverment THINKS its power to tax is limitless.

  9. wiserbud Says:

    Two off-topic comments? How come they have not been dealt with?

    I guess someone likes to watch the silly bitch whine….

  10. xbradtc Says:

    Big pimpin’ Jamie lied about ACORN and the right believed him? I am so shocked.

    and said he planned to use the prostitution proceeds to run for Congress. He never claimed he was a pimp.

    The AG invalidates his own argument right there in that sentence. What is pimping but gaining the proceeds of prostitution?

  11. Bob Says:

    [bzzzzzt!]

    Violating the style guide is grounds for deletion.

  12. Vmaximus Says:

    Bob
    Stick with the topic, please.

  13. OC Says:

    Bob’s comment was on topic. He linked a story about a radical right winger who made death threats to a democratic senator because he was angry about the taxes associated with the healthcare reform bill. The winger was “going for it”. How much more on topic could he be?

    I’ve noticed a distict decline in comments on this blog since the censorship became so heavy-handed. I guess there’s nothing to talk about when only agreeing comments are permitted. The boredom factor is certainly increasing.

    I’m expecting this post to be deleted or heavily edited to sully me.

  14. Car in Says:

    Your comments, up to now, were moderated because my avatar was still attached to them.

    There has been no censorship except for one post by Bob. I deleted that one.

  15. Car in Says:

    Well, and that one. It wasn’t on topic.

    On topic examples would be somewhere along the lines of either supporting or disagreeing with the Federal Government power grab. Links to stories that have nothing to do with this is … Off Topic.

    And off topic comments leads to a degeneration of commenting. name calling, what not.

    “going for it” – the comment by Obama – was a dare for people to attempt to oppose his plan.

    It was almost a threat.

  16. wiserbud Says:

    I’ve noticed a distict decline in comments on this blog since the censorship became so heavy-handed.

    But a huge increase in the quality.

  17. Car in Says:

    We’ve had really long comment threads that said … NOTHING.

    I’d prefer a low comment count to pages of bs.

    But, ultimately I’d appreciate it if those liberals who visited this site actually engaged in honest debate.

  18. Vmaximus Says:

    But it sure was fun mocking Bob

  19. wiserbud Says:

    But, ultimately I’d appreciate it if those liberals who visited this site actually engaged in honest debate.

    I’ll believe that’s possible when I see it.

  20. Bob Says:

    Comment deleted for violation of clearly-defined style guide.


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