15-Year-Old Wants Debt Limits on Government

Constitution_10fBy Grant Carson

Last week around midnight, a new “spending bill” passed the House, increasing the national debt by billions. This was John Boehner’s final act as Speaker of the House. The bill was reportedly enacted to prevent a government shutdown. Instead of allowing more spending, unnecessary and unconstitutional areas of the government should be cut. Many federal agencies, not enumerated in the Constitution and thus illegal, are spending freely and increasing the debt. The allowance of more debt will not solve the debt crisis, it will only enslave the people! If the government would exercise only the powers enumerated to it in the Constitution, the crisis of debt and government shutdowns would be stopped and resolved.

The national debt is over 18 trillion in principal alone; the total debt is over 65 trillion including interest. There is no federal budget, just increased spending. With the increasing national debt, the United States is becoming a slave to foreign countries who lend money, just as Solomon states in Proverbs 22:7, “. . . and the borrower is slave to the lender” (NIV).

An example of a non-enumerated government program is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which claims to provide “fair housing” and “equal opportunity.” This agency violates the Constitution by its mere existence, because housing and urban development is an issue for the states or the people, as stated in the Tenth Amendment, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” HUD is just a small example of the illegal overreach of the Federal Government, exercising power which has not been enumerated in the Constitution.

Before the creation of the Constitution in 1787, America was governed under the Articles of Confederation. These articles gave more authority to the individual states than the federal government, and were basically an agreement of alliance among the states. These articles did not strengthen the federal government enough to unify the states for war, for the suppression of rebellion, or for the national collection of taxes. To solve this issue, the Constitution was created, giving enumerated powers to a unified, stronger federal government which protected the people and secured their representation in the new republic. The federal government was not strengthened to build agencies like HUD, which violates the Constitution. Instead, the federal government was created to protect the country as a whole. Under this protection, the states and the people have the liberty to manage themselves.

The enumerated powers of the government, listed in Article I, section 8 of the Constitution, do not include the authority to pass “spending bills” to raise the debt for virtually unlimited government spending on illegal programs. These destructive constitutional violations must be stopped immediately to keep the debt from becoming worse. Finally, we the people must be the greatest check on the government, keeping it inside the bounds of its enumerated authorities to save the nation from destruction by debt.

Woodrow Wilcox


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