Demonstrating that extremist nut-job ideas aren't isolated to the Pope-Koch North Carolina legislature, North Carolina's Senator Richard Burr has joined with many members of his Republican caucus and signed on as a sponsor of something called the “Enumerated Powers Act of 2013".
What the heck?
Well, it's another one of those attempts by the Tea Bagging extremist Republicans to "return" the US to it's Constitutional roots. ThinkProgress has the scoop.
Like many Tea Party proposals to neuter the federal government, Coburn and Paul’s bill is marketed as an effort to bring America back in line with a long-ago discarded vision of the Constitution. It’s named the “Enumerated Powers Act of 2013,” a reference to the provisions of the Constitution outlining Congress’ specific powers, and it claims to require all federal legislation to “’contain a concise explanation of the specific authority in the Constitution’ that is the basis for its enactment.”
The key provision in this bill, however, would revive a discredited interpretation of the Constitution that America abandoned nearly eight decades ago. Although the text of the bill is not yet available online, a press release from Coburn’s office explains that it “[p]rohibits the use of the Commerce Clause, except for ‘the regulation of the buying and selling of goods or services, or the transporting for those purposes, across boundaries with foreign nations, across State lines, or with Indian tribes.’”
In other words, it would prohibit Congress from passing little things like minimum wage, anti-discrimination, worker safety, or overtime pay laws.
You know - like "the Founders intended".
Sigh. I had no idea that the hot button issues of 1850 would be alive and well in the hearts and minds of North Carolina's elected representatives.