Federal government is acting outside Constitution

2013-05-17T00:00:00Z Federal government is acting outside Constitution nwitimes.com
May 17, 2013 12:00 am

Concern over a constitutional convention is puzzling when considering what has been done to the Constitution since the 1930s.

There are now more than 1,300 federal agencies in existence, almost all performing roles never authorized by the Constitution.

The Supreme Court has sat idly by and watched Congress and the presidency (both parties) simply add power, regulatory and taxing authority nowhere to be found in the Constitution.

The sole purpose of the Constitution is to limit the power of the federal government, as clearly stated in Article 10. The 10th Amendment states the Constitution's principle of federalism by providing that powers not granted to the federal government by the Constitution, nor prohibited to the states, are reserved to the states or the people.

Do we want a government with strict, limited powers that answers to the people, or do we want a government with growing power over the people? You can't have it both ways.

- Michael Haluska, Crown Point

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