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Who May Tax and Spend?

purple_persuader Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 4:17 PM
HUH?? That's in the preamble, there is no grant of power to "promote" the general welfare. Further, the General Welfare clause was/is a limiting clause on the taxing power, and it is for the States, meaning that no particular state was to be privileged above another. Even further, the general welfare is defined by the specific enumerated clauses. Not that it matters, as the US constitution was thrown out a long time ago.
Within the past decade, I've written columns titled "Deception 101," "Stubborn Ignorance" and "Exploiting Public Ignorance," all explaining which branch of the federal government has taxing and spending authority. So here it is again: The first clause of Article 1, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution, generally known as the "origination clause," reads: "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills." Constitutionally and by precedent, the House of Representatives has the exclusive prerogative to originate bills to appropriate money, as well as to raise...