Rick5105 Wrote:
Apr 27, 2012 11:47 AM
Yes, but I think you missed my point. My point is Madison (if alive today) would change his opinion on those enumerated powers and specifically authorize the federal government to be in the benevolence business (under a strict cap, and possibly the pressure of a prioritized budget). My argument is that he would do so because it would be clear to him (today) that keeping benevolence out of government is impossible if you allow everyone to vote. And so he would allow it, but cap it, and make priorities more transparent so only the most benevolent spending could win. That makes Madison a "reform conservative", not a libertarian-conservative.