Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Hillsdale College - Imprimis

Hillsdale College in Michigan publishes a wonderful monthly newsletter that I have quoted from on this blog:

Imprimis from Hillsdale College

(The previous use of Imprimis on this blog is the article Danger of a Metaphor.)

One interesting thing about Hillsdale College is that they do not accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies for any of its operations. Why would a college turn down "free" money? Probably for some of the same reasons that our country's founders were suspicious of too much power in the federal government. With the "free" money would come restrictions, regulations, etc. that could affect the way an entity might like to do business.

Many of our federal programs are not authorized by the Constitution. It is interesting to me how many people are quick to point out that the the Constitution does not mention Christ in saying that our government should not touch religion (including recognizing it). However, it is very rare to hear anyone question all that the federal government does because those actions not being mentioned in the Constitution. The 10th Amendment is very clear that the federal government has ONLY those powers specifically noted in the Constitution.

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