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Will You Answer What Congress Won't? The Top 20 Questions pt 15

Back in late 2004 and early 2005, I sent emails, faxes, and letters to every member of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. In it, I asked them for their answer to a set of twenty questions which the readers of Polipundit wanted asked. The text of the letter was posted here.

52 Readers in 38 states joined the effort, asking their district Representatives and Senators to answer the questions. Response from our elected Representatives and Senators was poor, predictably so. Most Congressmen and Senators simply ignored the letters, emails and faxes. In the end, only seventeen answered with any degree of substance, and not one answered more than two questions.

I was looking at the set of questions this week, and you know, they still look like good questions to me, so I am going to ask you for your opinion on them. This will take a while, since I am putting up one question for each post, but please give this your serious consideration. And folks, this is not about politics or smacking down the other side; this is an opportunity to explore the issues of substance for our country. Sad that Congress was not up to it, but maybe we can get the conversation going. Thanks in advance.


15. What are the limits to the authority of the Federal Government?


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Another great question...I ... (Below threshold)

Another great question...I can see why you didn't get many responses.

Depends on who you ask. De... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Depends on who you ask. Dems want the Fed Govt to have strict limits if they are not in power, but feel no need to limits if they are in power.

Depends on what subject you... (Below threshold)
mycroft:

Depends on what subject you are talking about, but lets start with what the consititution defines as powers.

Then let's add in that they never did have the authority to promote social security or any of that crap.

The government should have ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The government should have only the power necessary to protect and defend the citizens of this country. ww

No limits at all. First, w... (Below threshold)

No limits at all. First, we should tax all foreigners living abroad. With that money, we can give free health care, puppies, and rainbows to every American progressive - reichwingers will be exterminated, so they won't be needing health care.

Hillary 2008

Umm, progressive, if only "... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Umm, progressive, if only "progressives are left in America, who will actually do the work?




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