Last week I said that the constitution says one of the responsibilities of the federal government is to provide a climate favorable for the conduct of business. Well I hope you will forgive me, but I was wrong. I was certain that clause was in the constitution, but it is not.
The only mention of commerce in the U.S. constitution is in Article 1, Section 8: To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.
Congress has used this clause for almost every purpose you can imagine. Some of their more creative efforts have been struck down by the Supreme Court. It was clearly written to give congress the power to regulate commerce between the states, foreign countries, and among the Indian tribes.
Congress has used the provisions of the commerce clause to create federal agencies which are placing increasingly heavy burdens on the commerce of the various states, and on the Indian tribes.
One of these agencies is the EPA. The democrats could not pass the cap and trade legislation, so the EPA is making a decree that certain coal fired power plants must be shut down, with no regard to the economic consequences of that action.
Its time congress took its foot off the brake of commerce regulation and pressed the accelerator. If an agency of the federal government can shut down the plants of a private company it would be prudent for congress to exercise its responsibility to maintain oversight of that agency.
The lack of congressional oversight is one of the regulatory problems we have in this country. Excessive regulation is one of the things that is driving American manufacturing industries out of this country.
Congresss creates these agencies turns their operation over to the bureaucrats, and refuses to exercise oversight. The EPA seems bent on pursuing the global warming agenda on it’s own, without congressional legislation.
There is only room in our government for one agenda; the agenda of we the people; life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As good stewards, each congress should strive to leave the country in a safer, sounder, and freerer place than that in which they found it.
If we citizens find that the congress has not been good stewards of the citizens treasure then it is our responsibility as citizens to replace that congress. We citizens have a responsibility as stewards of the country just as great as that of congress. It is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.