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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Oreos... can I have a few crumbs?

An animated Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry's fame) contributed his likeness to a video showing how much the federal government spends on some projects. Using the measure of one cookie equalling $10 billion, defense is 40 cookies, while K-12 education is 3.5, world hunger 1, alternative energy research .25, children's healthcare 4, and Head Start .75.

Now, let's make a quick check of that U.S. Constitution, shall we?

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 1)

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 11)

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 12)

To provide and maintain a Navy (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 13)

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 14)

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15)

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 16)

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments. (Article 2, Section 2, Clause 2)


Hmmm. That covers defending the United States, waging war, and appointing the Secretary of Defense and other officers.

Now, let's look for the duty of the federal government to provide primary and secondary education, health care to children, research into alternate energy sources, and to feed the world.

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I'm stumped. Where are they? Surely truemajorityaction.org wouldn't be making a fallacious comparison, would they? Surely they'll pull down the video?

I've sent them an e-mail on this subject. I bet they won't address my point, or even respond to my e-mail.

Ben & Jerry's. Great ice cream. Lousy politics. I'll stick with Kopp's frozen custard for my high-Calorie frozen deserts.

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