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What Does “Necessary and Proper” Actually Mean?

January 30, 2019

Though the United States, as a constitutional republic, is considered to be a “limited government,” it often doesn’t feel that way. Washington keeps churning out law after law regarding what the state may do and what the individual may not. The fault for this is often laid at the feet of the Founders for including the “Necessary and Proper Clause” in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. But is that blame just? Or have politicians through the years simply used it as an excuse to do what they wanted, regardless of what the Constitution says? Join James Harrigan and Antony Davies as they talk about this and more on this week’s episode of Words and Numbers.

Show Notes:

Judge convicts volunteers

Nancy Pelosi on inequality

Foolishness of the week

Wealth tax

Senators’ oath of office

Topic of the week: Diversity Officers and Administrative Bloat in Higher Education

How much of government shuts down?

Article 1, Section 8

10th Amendment

16th Amendment

Wickard v. Filburn

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