Ron Paul vs. Tim Geithner

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Lew, as I watch that video, it dawns on me that Ron Paul might as well be speaking Ancient Greek to Geithner. Most people in Washington have no clue as to what he means about delegation of powers, or what we have called the “Non-delegation Clause” of the U.S. Constitution.

Americans have come to think it normal to have hordes of bureaucrats running wild, harassing people, and doing one ignorant and stupid thing after another. Furthermore, they have come to believe that we cannot live our lives without this kind of interference.

As legal doctrines go, “non-delegation” is one that has become less than a speck in our rearview mirror. Yet, it is a vital doctrine, and we are much, much poorer for its demise. How many others in Congress even have given a whit of thought to what Dr. Paul was saying? (Most likely, they are muttering under his breath that he is a “kook,” as though rule of law were something that only “kooks” can appreciate.)

2:48 pm on March 26, 2009
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