Saturday, July 07, 2012

Quote of the Day - bike paths vs. Constitution

Can someone please explain to me how federal funding of bike paths fits this explanation of the Constitutional ability of Congress to appropriate funds?

"The true test is, whether the object be of a local character, and local use; or, whether it be of general benefit to the states. If it be purely local, congress cannot constitutionally appropriate money for the object. But, if the benefit be general, it matters not, whether in point of locality it be in one state, or several; whether it be of large, or of small extent." ~ Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

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