What should federal dollars be used for?

Home for the holiday weekend I read the Lowell Sun on Sunday in hard print.  There were a few articles about the failure of earmarks to pass and how that was going to “negatively affect” Greater Lowell.  Among the articles was this list of Niki Tsongas’ earmarks for fiscal years 2010 and 2011.  

The thing that struck me about this list is that I, and many of us, would consider only one of these requests something the Federal Government should be spending money on.  

Recipient: Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford

Amount: $2,663,000

Project: Funding will be used for the planning and design of the Joint Force Headquarters at Hanscom Air Force Base.

Everything else on that list is not the responsibility of the Federal Government.  Some of it isn’t even the responsibility of the state or local government.  Until we as a people reject the notion that the Federal Government should be spending money like this we will never be on the path to restoring our republican form of government within the limits prescribed by our Founders.  

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  • Section 8 is written in pretty easy to understand English…….that is, unless you’re a socialist that wants extra-Constitutional spending.

    Introductory statement:  “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;”  

    This recognizes that there are a few things that the federal government is uniquely capable of providing……the common defense of the People, and providing for the system whereby which the welfare of the People as a whole can be furthered.

    The following specifically enumerated clauses list what the Congress has the power to tax the People for, specifically enumerating exactly that which would provide for the common defense…..armies, navies, forts, regulating, training and equipping the military.

    ……and specifically enumerated items that provide for the general welfare of the People.    

    Standards of trade, interstate and international.  Standards of weights and measures.  Copyrights and patents…..post roads for communications.

    Anything that could even loosely be translated to fit one of the specifically enumerated powers is OK.  Times DO change.  Air Force falls under the providing of armies and navies.  NASA does too, but only for defense purposes, not exploration.  

    Interstate highways….post roads or defense….gotta be able to move troops around.

    The rest, that which falls under no enumerated power……..should be cut.

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