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Unfortunately, over the course of this century Congress has largely ignored the constitutional limits on its power. And the courts, especially after Franklin Roosevelt threatened to pack the Supreme Court with six additional members, have only abetted the resulting growth of government by fashioning constitutional doctrines that have no basis whatever in the Constitution. As a consequence, many of the programs Congress oversees today are without constitutional foundation, having resulted from acts that Congress had no authority.
Roger Pilon (more quotes by Roger Pilon or books by/about Roger Pilon)
Vice President for Legal Affairs for the Cato Institute
Restoring Constitutional Government, Cato’S Letter #9, P. 2, Published By The Cato Institute (1995).