Once upon a time, the Constitution conferred a specific list of powers to the federal government. You didn't have to twist your mind over what it was --- they were listed in Article I. Everything else was a state power. Today, it's flipped. The feds do whatever the hell they want, whenever, however, and anyone who opposes gets blown away. Taxing and spending is how this has been accomplished. If the feds can't find legal authority to do something, they just tax you and set up a program to spend it into place. Doubt it? Look at your federal income taxes. To return to the true meaning of the Constitution, the federal government should only be allowed to spend money on things listed in Article I, like the military, etc. Nothing else. That's my five cents.