James Madison: Federal “Infrastructure” Spending is Unconstitutional
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James Madison: Federal “Infrastructure” Spending is Unconstitutional


Did you know the federal government shouldn’t even be funding infrastructure? It might sound shocking, but it’s true. In fact, James Madison actually vetoed a “public works” bill funding infrastructure in 1817 calling it unconstitutional. The bill was “for constructing roads and canals, and improving the navigation of water courses, in order to facilitate, promote, and give security to internal commerce among the several States.” Virtually every American today would say that this is exactly what the feds should be doing. But the “Father of the Constitution” disagreed. Madison said: “The legislative powers vested in Congress are specified and enumerated… and it does not appear that the power proposed to be exercised by the bill is among the enumerated powers, or that it falls by any just interpretation with the power to make laws necessary and proper for carrying into executions those or other powers vested by the Constitution in the Government of the United States.” The amazing thing is that Madison actually favored the bill personally, but he vetoed it anyway, because he put the Constitution above his personal policy preferences. That’s the kind of integrity you should never count on from Washington D.C. today.

7 Comments

  • ctwatcher

    I would rather build this country with tax than other countries. Giving to all with their hand out is never good. Give us all of our hard earned tax back.

  • Jesse Baker

    could inferstructure be justified under the premise of protection from invasion? I agree that the federal should do anything within a states borders.

  • Jesse Sargent

    what's up with the ending of this one? The utter hopelessness of it…

    How about Dr. Rand Paul, Justin Amash, Massey, et al.?!

  • Jeffery Hankins

    Thank you for all that you do, great information, and you're absolutely right, we cannot count on the CORRUPT VILE SON'S OF BITCH'S in Washington DC, they have no integrity!

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