Ely's exercise in Thesaurus use earlier contained this little section:
The West Wing involves starry eyed Democrats who solve international and domestic troubles by spending lots of money oÂn government assistance programs.
Which got me thinking. By what authorization does the Federal government derive its ability to spend money on practically anything they can muster a mojority vote for? What gives Congress the right to spend my money on social programs?
In Federalist Paper 45, James Madison wrote: "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the Federal Government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State Governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will for the most part be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects, which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties and properties of the people; and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State."
If it were reversed, if the powers of the federal government are numerous and indefinite and those of the states are few and defined, would the Constitution have ever been ratified?