from a WaPo article:
In each new Congress since 1995, Rep. John Shadegg, Arizona Republican, has introduced the proposed Enumerated Powers Act (HR 1359). The bill, yet to be enacted into law, reads: "Each Act of Congress shall contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act. The failure to comply with this section shall give rise to a point of order in either House of Congress. The availability of this point of order does not affect any other available relief."the Enumerated Powers Act has only 28 co-sponsors this time around. sad, but not surprising. in fact, i think most Americans don't give a rat's behind about limiting gubmint, common themes revolving around state militias and providing for the common good. as long as it furnishes for our pet projects, gubmint is doing what it's supposed to do.
the US constitution is now defunct except as a rhetorical tool for sound bite debates. each generation picks out the pieces it dislikes, never returning anything to the pot.
Regarding the "general welfare" clause so often used to justify bigger government, Thomas Jefferson said, "Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated." Madison said, "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the general welfare, the government is no longer a limited one possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one subject to particular exceptions."Congressmen, openly refusing to live up to their oath of office, exhibit their deep contempt for our Constitution. The question I've not been able to answer satisfactorily is whether that contempt simply mirrors a similar contempt held by most of the American people.