Source: Tesla Motors
quote: They spend hundreds of billions on investments in private corporations for products that often are never even used.
quote: Defense could be provided for with a tiny fraction of the budget. What about all the rest?
quote: Most of the rest are entitlements
quote: Nowhere in that document does it say that the Government can INVEST in anything.
quote: They do that ... because of the ignorance and apathy of the American public.
quote: They are supposed to provide for defense.
quote: True, but where in the Constitution does it say that defense spending must eclipse that of all other developed nations in the world, combined?
quote: So, just how strictly shall we insist on interpreting the Constitution? And how consistent shall we be in applying our absolute and unbendable principles?
quote: And where in the Constitution does it say they can spend on anything they damn well please?
quote: Fed power is explicitly stated. There is no grey area here, what the Feds don't get, the States do.
quote: Nor does it say anywhere in that document that government is prohibited from investing in anything
quote: If "that document" doesn't specifically grant Congress the power to invest in the free market with public money, that action is Unconstitutional by default
quote: ...the injunction against titles of nobility ... Government granted tax dollars and favors to Tesla and other companies, and gave them a leg up over others.
quote: Now you're off the deep end. There is absolutely no connection between titles of nobility and cronyism.
quote: You will find no authority in the Constitution granting the Government authority to regulate any commerce they see fit.
quote: You're just another ignorant person who ignores the meaning of the Constitution
quote: Again, neither will you find there a prohibition to that effect.
quote: Basically you're making up that the Government has all these powers.
quote: Also you're arguing that because our courts and Congress routinely make law things that don't pass Constitutional muster
quote: Yes, the federal circuit and supreme courts do sometimes make mistakes, but on the whole they're right far more often than they're wrong.
quote: The Constitution was largely built on the premise of sovereign statehood. Now you're saying it either doesn't exist, or cannot function in a modern society.
quote: you go on to pretend that the courts can/have reviewed even a fraction of the laws on the books
quote: It only takes a few wrong rulings to screw the entire country by setting a dangerous legal precedent.
quote: 1942 Wickard v. Filburn ruling
quote: and of course the "Affordable Care Act" ruling