The Forbidden Subject On Capital Hill

For the past three months, all the headlines in the news are about the economy and the bailouts.  We see snippets on the news of our senators and representatives talking about how much these bailouts should be, or if we should have a bailout at all.   Nobody, except one that I know of and maybe a couple of others, even mention what the Constitution has to say on the matter.  You see, the Constitution is the forbidden subject on Capital Hill.  Nobody likes to talk about it because it is the one thing that restrains our government and keeps it from doing things that are detrimental to the well being of Americans.  The last thing a government wants to hear is, “you can’t do that”, and that’s what the Constitution essentially does.  The Constitution lists the powers of Congress, and nowhere in that list is the power of Congress to centrally plan the economy by bailing out a large corporation when a failure occurs.  The questions “how much should we give them” or “should we give them anything” are not the right questions for Congress to ask.  The ONLY question they should ask is, “Does the Constitution grant us the power to do this?”.

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