FrontPage : Have powers wrksht on your desk. . The Last Word: No homework. Today, I will scare you…. The Powers of Congress. A Thought on the Powers of Congress. “The main lawmaking responsibility rests with Congress, and its powers under the Constitution are awesome.
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The Last Word: No homework
“The main lawmaking responsibility rests with Congress, and its powers under the Constitution are awesome.
(what would be examples of these Expressed powers?)
Formally, it has the power to wipe out with a single law the entire executive branch, except for the president and the VP, and to abolish all federal courts, except for the Supreme Court, which it could reduce to a single judge with minor jurisdiction (area of control).
Over the years the Courts have interpreted Congress’ powers in such sweeping terms that it can legislate in almost every aspect of American life.”
(What would be an example of these Implied powers?)
Lee Hamilton – Member of House of Representatives (1965 – 1999)
Which of the powers of Congress might be the most important?
Which powers of Congress are grouped under this category?
…but this was not enough…
Passed the 16th amendment:
Created the income tax…
**Where must all “appropriations” or “revenue” bills begin?
**For example: In 2009, the US government took in about $2 trillion and spent about $3.4 trillion.
When this happens, Congress must use another “Power of the Pur$e”…
**Which power of Congress enables it to spend more than it has?
But when Congress does this, it contributes to the…
The US National Debt as of 4 Jan 2010 is:
The National Debt has continued to increase an average of$3.81 billion per day since September 28, 2007!
One TRILLION dollars… What does that look like?
You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.
Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000).
While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet...
Now we're really getting somewhere...
You ready for this? It's pretty surprising.
I give you $1 trillion dollars…