More lunacy from another windbagger...

Discussion in 'Politics' started by OPTIONAL777, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. Mike Lee: Federal Child Labor Laws Are Unconstitutional

    Freshman Tea Party-backed Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) recently offered a provocative interpretation of the Constitution he holds so dear, arguing that federal child labor laws go beyond the bounds of the document.

    Here's what Lee, a constitutional lawyer, had to say in a recent lecture about his view that the nation's founding political text had been fundamentally breached (transcript via ThinkProgress):

    Congress decided it wanted to prohibit [child labor], so it passed a law--no more child labor. The Supreme Court heard a challenge to that and the Supreme Court decided a case in 1918 called Hammer v. Dagenhardt. In that case, the Supreme Court acknowledged something very interesting -- that, as reprehensible as child labor is, and as much as it ought to be abandoned -- that's something that has to be done by state legislators, not by Members of Congress. [...]

    This may sound harsh, but it was designed to be that way. It was designed to be a little bit harsh. Not because we like harshness for the sake of harshness, but because we like a clean division of power, so that everybody understands whose job it is to regulate what.

    Now, we got rid of child labor, notwithstanding this case. So the entire world did not implode as a result of that ruling.

    As ThinkProgress notes, Lee appears to ignore some other constitutional precedents on the matter:

    The Constitution gives Congress the power "[t]o regulate commerce...among the several states," and to "make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution" this power to regulate commerce. Even ultraconservative Justice Antonin Scalia agrees that these powers give Congress broad authority to regulate "economic activity" such as hiring and firing. Which explains why the Supreme Court unanimously overruled Hammer v. Daggenhardt in a 1941 decision called United States v. Darby.
  2. Funny to see how intimidated the far left still remains of the tea party's growing influence.
  3. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    i dont understand what, exactly, is lunacy. defining a clear difference in authority between the federal and state government?
  4. Ricter


    Maybe the lunacy is dinking around (and wasting time, get back to work, Mike) with a highly valued social norm because, technically, it should not have been decided by the federal government. It is "it aint broke so let's fix it" lunacy. Like this goddamn latest MS Office.
  5. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    oh wow, if that's the criteria for lunacy, then better pad the walls of the capitol building.
  6. Ricter


    True enough. But I recommend people not mess with child labor law, for the sake of their career.
  7. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    agree wholeheartedly. i dont think the above mentioned poll was thinking that anyone should reverse that decision. i think he was pointing out yet another example of federal reach overextending. the comment was almost certainly taken out of context (as usual).