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To: BackInBlack
"...I'd keep things like the Department of Transportation, since that genuinely involves interstate commerce."

The internet genuinely involves interstate commerce, too. Should we establish a Department of the Internet? What is it about genuine involvement that justifies a continuing role for the government?

One more thing: how about just eliminating NASA? What good does it do human beings? And who gave the federal government the authority to explore space?

NASA is a fine tool for research and development of space, which is now part of our national defense strategy. It will benefit human beings, because humans benefit by the advancement of American interests, but that is not why we should or should not keep NASA.

24 posted on 02/25/2004 2:33:21 PM PST by Voice in your head ("The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage." - Thucydides)
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To: Voice in your head
"The internet genuinely involves interstate commerce, too. Should we establish a Department of the Internet?"

No, but we could have an office that deals with internet issues in the Department of Commerce.

"What is it about genuine involvement that justifies a continuing role for the government?"

It's not just "genuine involvement" -- it's genuine involvement in things that the Constitution has mandated that the federal government regulate. If the Constitution says the feds have to deal with interstate commerce -- as it does -- then failing to do so would be to reject the rule of law in favor of a flexible, activist view of the Constitution.

"NASA is a fine tool for research and development of space, which is now part of our national defense strategy. It will benefit human beings, because humans benefit by the advancement of American interests, but that is not why we should or should not keep NASA."

Then what is the reason? As I said, the federal government was never authorized to explore space. If we want to conduct research on defense, we don't have to do it under the auspices of an organization with an extra-Constitutional mission.
26 posted on 02/25/2004 11:10:25 PM PST by BackInBlack
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