Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Among the reasons I despise most politicians

is crap like this:
Rep. Conyers cited the “Good and Welfare Clause” as the source of Congress’s authority [there is no such clause].
Rep. Stark responded, “the federal government can do most anything in this country.”
Rep. Clyburn replied, “There’s nothing in the Constitution that says the federal government has anything to do with most of the stuff we do. How about [you] show me where in the Constitution it prohibits the federal government from doing this?”
Rep. Hare said “I don’t worry about the Constitution on this, to be honest [...] It doesn’t matter to me.” When asked, “Where in the Constitution does it give you the authority …?” He replied, “I don’t know.”
Let's see, we have
Dereliction of duty,
Miserable effing politician in general
and that's not all of it.

And we're supposed to TRUST these dirtbags?


Sigivald said...

Well, I'll cut him a break and assume he meant the "General Welfare Clause" - and sadly, while I think the originalist interpretation gives that very little power at all, there's considerable extant precedent supporting Conyers' basic idea there.

So while I think he's wrong, he's not "making up random crap" wrong, just "on the side of precedent that needs to be overturned" wrong.

Sigivald said...

(Also, Stark's on similar ground - existing Supreme Court precedent sadly really does say the Feds can do "most anything".

Clyburn and Hare should both be run out of DC on rails, though, yes - especially Clyburn, for really really not understanding Article 1, Section 8 and its entire point.)