Am Gov200 Ch 15&16

March 18th, 2011
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Chapter 15: “The Powers Granted to Congress”

The Making of America Ch 15 from Mrs. Brenda MacMenamin on Vimeo.

Explain each provision in this chapter and its clause of the Constitution. Be sure to include quotes from the founding fathers’ debates in your answers to illustrate their original intent. Include any pertinent history and your own insight as to how the revelation the Lord gave our founding fathers could solve present situations today.

Articles 1.8.1-1.8.2
[76] The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises
[77]… to pay the debts
[78]…and provide for the common defense
[79]…and general welfare of the United States;
[80]… but all duties, imposts, and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
[81]…To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

1. What are the 20 enumerated powers Congress has?
2. What were the six lessons the founders has learned about taxes?
3. Why did the founding fathers give the national government the power to tax?
4. What were the one exception and two qualifications of the federal government’s tax?
5. Give some examples of taxes the federal government can Constitutionally levy.
6. Why was it critical for the federal government to pay its debts?
7. Why was it important for the federal government to have the power to spend money for the common defense of the nation?
8. What did the term “general welfare” mean to the founders?
9. How did Hamilton’s policy undermine the original intent of general welfare?
10. How did the court begin to go beyond its Constitutional boundaries concerning “general welfare”?

Chapter 16: “Commerce, Naturalization, and Bankruptcy”

The Making of America Chapter 16 from Mrs. Brenda MacMenamin on Vimeo.

Explain each provision in this chapter and its clause of the Constitution. Be sure to include quotes from the founding fathers’ debates in your answers to illustrate their original intent. Include any pertinent history and your own insight as to how the revelation the Lord gave our founding fathers could solve present situations today.

Article 1.8.3-1.8.4
[82] To regulate commerce with foreign nations
[83]….and among the several States
[84]… and with the Indian tribes;
[85] To establish an uniform rule of naturalization and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;

1. Why was the federal government’s power to regulate commerce with foreign nations all-inclusive?
2. Why was Congress given the authority to regulate commerce between the states?
3. Explain the difference between “commerce” and “regulation”.
4. In what ways has the government begun to overstep its bounds?
5. What right do the states have to regulate their own commerce?
6. How did the federal government regulate commerce with the Indians?
7. What rights does a nation have to allow immigration and naturalization?
8. What are the requirements for citizenship in America?
9. How can one’s citizenship be forfeited?
10. What were the bankruptcy laws?

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