Letters to the Editor

Issues of governance still being worked out

Limited government does not depend on size, according to professor Edward J. Ehler in a talk delivered to the Hillsdale College Leadership Seminar in Dallas on May 24:

"What limits federal government is not in a limit on its powers, but on the limited range of objects entrusted to its care.

"The federal government must have the necessary means to achieve the end. If this entails large government -- and today, it surely does -- then large government must be compatible with limited government."

The professor points out that James Madison in writing the Constitution had to appease both the Federalists and the anti-Federalists. Madison saw the answer in "partly national, partly federal." Madison thought that the boundary between the two could not be decided in advance and would have to be worked out in practice. The state and U.S. supreme courts will have to determine conflicts on a case-by-case basis.

The issues of Obamacare and immigration will follow this course.

James Goettle