By Edward H. Crane
Each years Cato guide for Congress units the normal within the nation's capital for the way to come back the federal goverment to the dimensions and scope expected via the Founding Fathers.
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But on a more practical note, if Congress is serious about addressing the climate of opinion in the nation, it will end such programs not simply because they are without constitutional authority but because they have demonstrated a relentless tendency over the years in only one direction—toward even more government. Indeed, one should hardly expect those institutions to be underwriting programs that advocate less government when they themselves exist through government. Regulatory Redistribution If the redistributive programs that constitute the modern welfare state are candidates for elimination, so too are many of the regulatory programs that have arisen under the Commerce Clause.
Such aid was a foolish expenditure the United States could ill afford even before September 11. In a post–September 11 environment, it should be one of the first programs on the chopping block. S. government needs to reorder its priorities in international affairs. There are also a number of obsolete or unnecessary security commitments that should be terminated. Four such candidates for elimination stand out.
In its efforts to return power to the states and the people, then, Congress must be careful not to misunderstand its role in our federal system. Over the 20th century, Congress assumed vast powers that were never its to assume, powers that belong properly to the states and the people. Those need to be returned. But at the same time, Congress and the courts do have authority under the Fourteenth Amendment to ensure that citizens are free from state oppression. However much that authority may have been underused or overused, it is there to be used; and if it is properly used, objections by states about federal interference in their ‘‘internal affairs’’ are without merit.
Cato Handbook for Congress, 108th Congress (Cato Handbook for Congress: Policy Recommendations) by Edward H. Crane