The federal government is not supposed to be in the business of helping individuals with much at all. Delivering the mail, administering passports, protecting your inventions (if you have any), maintaining a currency that everyone can exchange: these are the legitimate responsibilities the federal government has that puts it in direct contact with individuals. Or, at least, the federal government was meant to be held to that minimal level of interaction.
“The Constitution’s articles, and the subsequent Amendments, specify the prerogatives of the Feds. They are listed in Article I, Sec. 8; Articles II-V; Amendments XIII-XVI, XIX-XX, XXIII-XXVI. These prerogatives belong to one of the following categories:
1) Defense, war prosecution, peace, foreign relations, foreign commerce, and interstate commerce;
2) The protection of citizens’ constitutional rights (e.g the right to vote) and ensuring that slavery remains illegal;
3) Establishing federal courts inferior to the SCOTUS;
4) Copyright protection;
5) Coining money;
6) Establishing post offices and post roads;
7) Establishing a national set of universal weights and measures;
8 ) Taxation needed to raise revenue to perform these essential functions.” – Zbigniew Mazurak, The Constitutional Role of the Federal Government
As the country grew from its infancy, legislators & Presidents created additional services, programs and regulations that the federal government was responsible for administering, leading to the creation of new administrative departments. Year after year, Presidents and legislators, in an effort to “help” their constituents whether they wanted the help or not, created layer upon layer of new services, new regulations and birthed new administrative offices to operate, regulate and serve.
This was not the Founding Fathers’ intent when creating the federal government. [Read more…]
Originally posted at Pocket Full of Liberty.