• Wickard v. Filburn: The Aggregation Principle & Congressional Power [No. 86]
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    Wickard v. Filburn: The Aggregation Principle & Congressional Power [No. 86]

    Wickard is Claud Wickard who was the Secretary of Agriculture under the Roosevelt Administration. Filburn is Roscoe Filburn, who was an Ohio farmer. The Agricultural Adjustment Act was passed during the Depression as a way of stabilizing farm prices and by stabilizing they mean increase farm prices so that farmers who were a very important voting constituency, uh, would have a steady source of income and they did that by restricting the supply of farm goods, of farm produce, um, in order to raise the prices of farm produce. The case involved a quota on wheat production that was imposed on Roscoe Filburn. He was allotted a certain amount of…

  • The “Commerce Clause” in 2 Minutes
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    The “Commerce Clause” in 2 Minutes

    Supporters of the monster state want you to believe the feds can do just about anything they want under the commerce clause. They couldn’t be more wrong. The so-called “interstate commerce” clause is found in Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution. The founders explained that it authorizes the federal government to regulate the exchange of goods across state lines, along with some closely-related activities, such as navigation and marine insurance. This included policies traditionally governed by the rules pertaining to merchants. “Commerce” did not include other economic or non-economic activities. But today, the courts, bureaucrats and politicians have expanded the meaning of the clause to include any…