According to Monroe's biography on the University of Virginia's americanpresident.org: "Although Monroe personally supported the idea of internal improvements, he balked at the federal government's role in the American System being proposed by Congressmen Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun. They wanted a series of federally financed projects designed to improve and update the nation's roads, bridges, and canals. Monroe worried, however, that federal payments for such internal improvements would expand even further the power of the federal government at the sake of state power. Where would the limits be drawn?"
Economist Walter Williams writes of Presidents James Madison, Franklin Pierce and Grover Cleveland, and how they quoted the Constitution to turn away congressional attempts to spend money because, they argued, the federal government is unauthorized to do so.
Fast forward to ObamaCare and the Supreme Court. Twenty-six states sued over the law, arguing that the individual insurance mandate -- which requires every citizen in the country to purchase health care insurance or face a fine starting in 2014 -- was unconstitutional. But the court, citing Congress' authority to tax, let the mandate stand. In their dissent, Justices Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said, "The entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety." Further, they wrote, there is a "mountain of evidence" that the mandate is not a tax. "To say that the individual mandate merely imposes a tax," wrote Scalia, "is not to interpret the statute but to rewrite it."
In the end, of course, we get the government we vote for. Given that information gets filtered out through the Axis of Indoctrination -- Hollywood, academia, and media -- how much hope is there that people will wake up?
The smart, the well-connected, and the well-educated will be fine. Their previously depressed stock portfolios have returned, as companies learn to do more with fewer workers. High-end real estate is back, and the top 1 percent has regained the wealth lost during the recession -- and then some.
The very people whom the left says it cares about are hurting. But rest assured, these elites care about them. They just have a strange way of showing it.