More important are the comments made in The Federalist essays, as these were public, in contrast to the minutes of the debates, and so were meant to convince the average voter. On the issue of originating money bills, James Madison in 58 argued for that power as being a necessary check on the less democratic branches of the government. The house of representatives can not only refuse, but they alone can propose the supplies requisite for the support of government. They in a word hold the purse, that powerful instrument . . . This power over the purse, may in fact be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure. Clearly, for the Framers the power of the purse was intended to be the peoples constitutional WMD for checking the other branches when they passed laws or instituted policies contrary to the will of the people.
posted on 09/24/2013 2:17:52 PM PDT
by Jim Robinson
(Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
To: Jim Robinson
Well, if they could get over their ire long enough to take a calm (if very bemused) look... they’d say yeah the courts are the weak spot!
posted on 09/24/2013 2:19:38 PM PDT
by HiTech RedNeck
(The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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