By Jeffrey R. Snyder, Fee.org
The federal government was supposed to be limited to a few defined powers. The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution- â€œThe powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the peopleâ€ -confirms it.
The federal government, of course, does not at present respect its constitutional limits. The chief culprit, in this regard, is the massive social legislation and regulatory apparatus enacted under Congressâ€™s constitutional authority â€œto regulate Commerce . . . among the several statesâ€ (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3).Details