tvb wrote:So, boys, where in the constitution does it say we should build you roads to get to work over? Where does it say you should collect that unemployment check you are getting? Where in the constitution does it say we should provide fire trucks to put out the fire that starts in your back in the middle of the night? Where in the constitution does it say we should provide you with clean water to drink? Or educate your children?
Gee TVB, even you should known that the Interstates and roads where not built so that you can get to work. That's just an unintended consequence. Look it up, the interstates were initially paid for by the Defense Dept under Eisenhower, hence the signs identifying them as the "Eisenhower Interstate System" surrounding 5 stars. As a matter of fact, after much debate at the time that was the only way Congress felt comfortable doing it. The idea came from Eisenhower's experiences on the German Autobahn. You find the authority in the Preamble of the Constitution - "...Provide for the common defence...." That being what it is, the rest of what you are claiming not be to authorized can also be justified through the Preamble - "...promote the general Welfare, Posterity and Blessings of Liberty." Those words should be enough to stop any frivolous spending - have you ever tried to get 400+ Representatives and 100 Senators to agree on anything. For pete's sake we just saw how underhanded the current Congress had to be in order to pass Obama care and they had majorities in both houses. Of course, there are always "pork barrel" projects to reward special interests. i.e. the Dept of Education, but that was actually an overreach to states rights or Article X.
For that matter so is the Fire Department and every thing else you mentioned including health care. Why is the federal government involved in any of it? Federalism (strong state governments) was conceived to put the power in the hands of those closets to the people it effects. That way as said by Ronald Reagan, "citizens of the states could always vote with their feet" and move to another state. Why do you think CA is losing it's population? If the Federal Government makes all states the same, there is no place to go. The Amendments really don't have anything to do with it. Those pretty much spell out what the Government can't do to us.
I don't know if the Interstate Highways are still a part of the defense budget but that's how they got started after WWII and the Korean War. I would think that anyone with any sense would recognize their value under the Interstate Commerce Clause at this point. It turns out they actually do impact Interstate Commerce - go figure. I for one thank God that Eisenhower had the foresight to see the needs of a system of roads that would enable the quick movement of the standing Army. All you have to do is look to the Mexican border right now to justify the need militarily. Anyone who has served in the Military knows the battle front can move anywhere a plane can fly and drop the infantry. Eisenhower recognized that the "big pond" wouldn't always be able to protect us. Again, look at the southern and to a lesser extent the northern border. Another interesting tidbit about the Interstates is that for every - I think - 25 miles 3 miles of it must be straight and without overpasses or bridges. That's so that that section of road can be used to land military aircraft if needed. Pretty cool, eh?
So... it seems pretty obvious to me that although it could technically be justified via the Preamble of the Constitution, the Federal Government has it's fingers in a lot more of my personal liberties than they are actually authorized by the Constitution. They should give that authority back to the states where it was always intended to be. Lisa