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To Provide for the General Welfare: A History of the Federal Spending Power

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This book traces the course of the constitutional controversy over the spending power and the role of that power in driving an expansion in U.S. federal activity and authority from 1787 forward.Since the founding of the Republic, American statesmen have seen the federal government as a fitting source of tax dollars to finance national improvement and growth. but for decades the constitutional authority for this funding was the subject of fierce and bitter controversy. Some, like Alexander Hamilton, read the Constitution as granting authority to Congress to spend for these purposes. Others, like James Madison, together with Thomas Jefferson, believed that a constitutional amendment was necessary to confer it. The true scope of the constitutional authority given to Congress to lay taxes to provide for the 'general welfare of the United Stares' was a prominent political and legal issue until the Civil War and was not resolved by the Supreme Court until the 1930s.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781122642835
Subtitle:
A History of the Federal Spending Power
Publisher:
University of Delaware Press
Author:
Theodore Sky
Author:
Sky, Theodore
Subject:
Taxation
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080930
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
448

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