The Founding Fathers thought long and hard about the proper role of government in our lives, and they set forth their thoughts in a document that explicitly numerates the powers of the federal government. To restore truly limited government, therefore, we must do more than define issues as political or budgetary. We must go to the heart of the matter and raise the underlying constitutional questions. In a word, we must ask the most fundamental question of all: Does the government have the authority, the constitutional authority, to do what it is doing?

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