There is no FEDERAL authority for medicare, social security-though any state could implement those programs if they so chose. The Constitution allows the states to do that which the Federal gov't can not. California is an example of a lefties dream...of course it's bankrupt, but hey, there's plenty of government provided goodies out that way.<quoted text>You left out there is nothing in the Constitution about having Medicare, Social Security, building interstate highways, dams to control flooding and provide power or laws to protect us from companies dumping waste into rivers. I'm glad you and Ron Paul aren't running the nation. People would be working for .30 cents an hour just like in China. Nothing in the Constitution against that either.
Interstate highways could actually fall under the authority to create post roads, which is in the Constitution.
Dams to control flooding, would fall under "public use" and the 5th amendment. Though the eminent domain power has been abused more than most-the term public use has been stretched to justify taking private property from on individual and giving it to another private individual. Such as private homes being taken through eminent domain and given to a private developer, b/c the new mall would generate more tax revenue "for the public good". b/s
Companies that dump pollution into rivers are violating your private property rights since their pollution affects your health, the value of your land, etc, etc. If it crosses state lines, then the Feds have the ability to enforce the laws, if within a single state, then it's the states responsibility to regulate it.
$0.30 an hour wage. Bull, the market would set the wage and benefits based on what the going rate for labor is. There's enough studies out that show that minimum wage laws actually hurt those it's intended to help. Every time minimum wage rises, those who work for minimum wage often find their hours cuts, lost jobs or a reduction in other forms of compensation.