What a boring Friday! Why is that Loughner kid not doing anything crazy? There are so many reporters there in Tucson, ready for him to lick a bailiff. What are we supposed to talk about, each vote in that RNC election? Meh. Or that the new Utah senator says the ban on child labor is unconstitutional? Fine.

Yes, Mike Lee put this video up on YouTube last week. He was giving a lecture, just like a real professor of not understanding the Constitution. Even Antonin Scalia doesn’t agree with this narrow definition of the Commerce Clause (that it more or less means nothing), Think Progress says, and the decision he cites was unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court after the Great Depression, which, coincidentally, showed commerce restrictions were sort of necessary, kind of, you know.

Not that any of this matters. The Constitution doesn’t matter. The only thing the government should do is force women to carry fetuses in their bodies until they’re babies and give rich people money. As the founders, of Godfathers Pizza, wanted. [Think Progress]

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  • PsycWench

    Ah, the long-pause-and-rapid staccato-mumbling lecture style of those who know they are way out of their knowledge zone.

    • HoyasFan

      I'm sure Mike Lee forgot to mention that Hammer v. Dagenhart was overturned by US v. Darby.

      Damn you Supreme Court! Damn you to hell!

  • CapeClod

    Good, let's throw more people into the "looking for work" pool.

    • doxastic

      Because if there's one segment of the population that's weathering the Recession with ease, it's people without high school educations.

    • Dimitrios_M

      Those pesky unemployed children always keep asking for "more."

  • Buzz Feedback

    If everybody in Utah put their kids to work the income of the Mormon church would skyrocket.

    • Terry

      How do you think they got to be the largest private landowner in the US?

    • BarryOPotter

      I think you just figured out his angle, "…and he would have gotten away with it if it weren't for that pesky Buzz Feedback. Drat."

  • genxr

    I'm introducing the "Repeal the Job-Killing Child Labor Laws Bill"

    • Beowoof

      Don't you mean the Child Killing Child Labor Laws. Thins out the herd.

    • OhNoGuy

      And I'm votin' FOR it!

    • Negropolis


  • SexySmurf

    Oh, that new Utah senator says the band on child labor is unconstitutional.

    Does that mean Menudo was unconstitutional?

    • Terry

      Any band named after tripe cooked in chili sauce is unconstitutional from the get-go.

    • baconzgood

      Menudo was more of a war crime than unconstitutional.

    • OhNoGuy

      "A Band of Little Brothers" brought to you by Hallmark. Newt the Newt (a real histry perfesser) and this balding sack of shit.

      They train for the factory, they go to the factory and they WIN for the factory. They were truly the greatest generation.

      TRIUMPH!! TRIUMPH of the Will! (See how I didn't violate that unwritten Internet Law?)

  • Terry

    "Oh, that new Utah senator says the band on child labor is unconstitutional. Fine. "

    BAN on child labor, as in not allowing it. Not BAND on child labor, which would either be a strap of some kind or a bunch of guys playing instruments which would be just plain creepy.

    • OhNoGuy

      No need for a band as he has the plain creepy part covered.

      Oh!! does that mean he's a COVER BAN(d)!

  • EdFlintstone

    And then the evil federal government really over stepped their bounds by outlawing polygamy.

    • OhNoGuy

      My wives disagree.

  • chascates

    Michael Steele drops out of the RNC race and endorses Maria Cino according to TownHall.

    NYTimes has it too.

  • SorosBot

    Good, because my coal mine's been having trouble since some of the tunnels are too small for adults to fit through. These are kids from Appalachia, they don't have a good future to look forward to anyway so what's wrong if they get black lung before they're 20?

    • ChessieNefercat

      And you know if they're all stunted and skinny from malnutrition (praise Palin!) they'll fit better and be useful longer.

  • nounverb911

    Just think of how much Palin can make off of her herd now.

    • Terry

      Do you think the children would work any harder than the mother? Born and bred grifters, the bunch of them.

      • genxr

        Nah. They'll be given supervisor positions.

    • ChessieNefercat

      I think this whole thing is just to head off any criticism of Palin due to her not paying her spawn to appear in "Alaska's Sarah Palin."

      Because you can be damned sure that there is no minimum wage (or any wage?) proposed for these tiny employees.

  • Boredw/Gravity

    Fine. Let's start with Senator Lee's kids and grandkids.

  • EdFlintstone

    But their little hands are perfect for polishing the inside of shell casings.

    • baconzgood

      Damn! I should read other posts before I post mine.

    • Good for target practice too. Also.

  • Tundra Grifter

    This is the first time I've heard anyone call Herbert Hoover a Progressive.


    What happened to those weak Articles of Confederation that granted most political power to the states? Why did we bother to replace that compact with the United States Constitution?

    And if labor and manufacturing are "local activities" – how does he explain General Motors, the Ford Motor Company, movie companies that made movies, distributed movies, and showed those movies in company theatres (is there still a Fox or Paramount Theater is your town?)?

    If the states were going to make child labor illegal, why was Federal legislation necessary?

    He is also the first person I've heard heard say our American system is "designed to be harsh." Other than that 3/5ths thing about slaves, of course…

    • gvvt

      Well, back in 1776 they foresaw, in the infinite wisdom, that we would become a soft, mollycoddling nation of Nazis who would try to sneak through laws about child labor. Kids are only about 2/5th human most of the time, anyhow.

      Although somehow, I don't think the Founding Teabaggers were debating whether this Constitution thingy they were drafting was sufficiently HARSH. Melting pots aren't fuckin' hot tubs, you know.

    • Way back in the 1950s there was actually an anti-trust case that resulted in all the movie studios having to divest themselves of ownership in theaters and theater chains, the idea being that Fox could screw Paramount by never booking any of Paramount's movies in Fox-owned theaters or charging a giant percentage of the box office take.

      The studios are still required to limit the hours children can work on a shoot, and also require they hire tutors so the kids don't have to give up their educations in order to be Mommy and Daddy's meal tickets. Presumably Mike Lee would like to eliminate this regulation. After all, look at how many child stars become non-functional adults, so it's obviously doing more harm then good.

    • BerkeleyBear

      The reason a Federal law was necessary was, ironically, because when states did it the Court struck it down because of the impact it placed on interstate commerce in the narrow sense of the word. Although they'd occassionally let a restriction on child or women's hours through a bs loophole about welfare that was really about limiting women competing in the workforce.

      • Tundra Grifter

        BB: Reading the decision and the dissent, apparently there was a previous Supreme Court ruling upholding the Federal law that prohibitedthe transportation of women and girls across state lines for immoral purposes.

    • OhNoGuy

      With all the stupid it was easy to forget the "progressive Hoover" remark, although it was tres jarring when I first heard it.

      I'm guessin' that Jefferson Davis was some namby pamby middle of the roader by this guy's lights.(But his last name is LEE!!!)

  • edgydrifter

    Club For Growth and AEI conditionally support this, provided it's tied to the repeal of the federal minimum wage and the dissolution of OSHA. You know, for prosperity!

  • prommie

    Ayn Rand, and the cult of selfish assholes, and ideology of "I got mine, fuck you" savagery she established, has attained way way too much respectability in this society for my comfort. I think I shall be opening the Gin bottle early today, and I am going to get into the Hendricks, too!

    • jus_wonderin

      Glad I didn't forget to bring my flask to work today.

      • OhNoGuy

        NEVER FORGET!!!

        (If I have to do this it means you people are getting slow.)

      • DashboardBuddha

        That sounds like it would be a great holiday. "National Bring Your Flask to Work Day".

    • ChessieNefercat

      Have one for me, please?

    • fuflans

      i bought my dad a bottle of hendricks last year for some random thing and he's actually forgiven me for being progressive.


  • metamarcisf

    I think we've found Carell's replacement for "The Office"

  • I fail to see how Sarah Palin is the victim in this story.

    • baconzgood

      She won't.

      • ChessieNefercat

        Bah da boom.

    • Kidneys4Sale

      You must be Jewish.

      • I'm a gay Jew at that.

        • Negropolis

          Are you a woman? Because if you are, that's like the Victim Olympics gold medal. If you're a half-black Jewish lesbian, the world explodes.

    • gvvt

      Not yet. That's why we're Wonkettiers and she will be President of these United States.

    • nounverb911

      Hey get with the pogrom!

    • aqua_buddha

      I think we can all see that it is desperately trying to victimize Little Trig for his blameless entrepreneurial prospects, arriving sooner than he may expect, you betcha.

    • genxr

      Because she drinks the blood of Christian children?

      • You say that like it's a bad thing.

        • Mmmmm…it's like human veal.

  • I understand the good people at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory are hiring.

    • emmelemm

      Yesss! A history joke! I was a history major in college.

      I award you all the p-points of my heart for the day.

      • 27 have got it so far. Choice.

        • VaWyo

          I read an entire book about this. So depressing.

    • ChessieNefercat

      Yes, what with all the previous employees being dead, I mean, ah, slackers.

      • Slackers indeed. Burning to death on the clock. Fucking lazy commies. Hey, man. They didn't HAVE to work there. So glad the Free Market fixed all that.

        • ChessieNefercat

          Yes, they didn't even finish their shifts. I have an entire book on the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. It is just maddening to read as the Republican mindset today is identical to what it was then in regard to worker safety. And let's not forget Senator Jackass, who would have those workers on the clock at age 6 (or younger? he wasn't specific). Ah, I better calm down.

    • user-of-owls

      Hot job prospects!

  • edgydrifter

    You have just won the day.

  • Gay Recruiter

    Demonize the opposition.

    • LesBontemps

      Demonize the opposition.

      Seriously? In what world is this guy not a demon?

    • SorosBot

      I didn't know that pointing out when someone says something horrible it's demonization; I thought that was, you know spreading lies about someone, like say making up a story that someone is not really a US citizen or saying, when a someone's friend commits suicide, that they actually killed their friend. Or using misleadingly edited videos to slander a good organization and claim they were helping pimps evade the police. That I thought was demonization.

      • GOPCrusher

        This must be that "liberal hate rhetoric" that I've heard about. Sarah Palin weeps.

    • doxastic

      Wait, I thought we were supposed to be Simonizing the opposition! Now what the fuck am I supposed to do with all these shammies?

      • Gay Recruiter

        Wax poetic.

        • No no, it was the Waxing Poetics. Great band. Maybe not as good as the Hooters, though.

        • doxastic

          I salute your punnery, Recruiter. Thumbs up.

    • SmutBoffin

      Don't mind if I do…



      • ChessieNefercat

        Except that's not blood libel (on the Republicans). You are telling the absolute truth.

    • MarshallBanana

      Hey, everybody, pointing out the truth is demonization now!

      • SayItWithWookies

        Stop demonizing the truth!

        • emmelemm

          Facts have a known liberal bias.


      • SorosBot

        Gary Recruiter is Rush Limbaugh?

      • Beowoof

        This means he is the NAMBLA Gay recruiter and they are demons.

  • nounverb911

    That's ok, all of Merika's children are obese anyway.

  • Jukesgrrl

    Clearly, we won't be contributing enough to the deca- and hectomillionaires until ALL members of our families are working for their slave wages, not just moms and dads.

    "Little Joshua, I said, 'Wake up!' It's time for you to go and shine Mr. Marriott's Krugerrands!"

  • coolhandnuke

    Boy, this guy is really out of touch. I hear he's pushing for Gary Coleman and Dana Plato to head the state's Child Labor Board.

  • SorosBot

    Let's bring back the debtor's prisons and workhouses while we're at it, too; tonight we're gonna party like it's 1899.

    • doxastic

      When "Are there no workhouses?!" is a legitimate question to be asked, something has gone horribly awry.

    • prommie

      The GOP thinks "A Christmas Carol" is the story of Scrooge's moral downfall; if only Scrooge had more faith and courage, he would have stuck to his convictions, and wouldn't have turned Commie.

    • Boredw/Gravity

      Ahh, now you're just reminiscing about Newt's workhouses and orphanages of the 1990's.

    • ChessieNefercat

      Shhh! The bastards will hear you.

      Never mind. It's not like they haven't already thought of it.

  • nounverb911

    Makes it easier to retie threads in the looms.

    • ChessieNefercat

      Sad, but true.

  • bflrtsplk

    Just say anything. Faux News will amplify it and enough people will believe it to keep talking about it. If it backfires, blame it on "the Left."

  • baconzgood

    I agree!!!! We've been outsourcing our child labor to China and Paraguay for far toooo long damn it!!!!! We can't fall behind on the child labor gap.

    • Heh. That's not funny 'cause it's true.

    • GOPCrusher

      The children of the Northern Marianas want to know why you want to take away their jerbs.

  • Extemporanus

    Child labor laws are blowjob killers.

    • SayItWithWookies

      You pay them?

  • Sassomatic

    Well, classrooms ARE getting overcrowded. Creative solutions, brought to you by Utah.

    • natoslug

      Condoms, IUDs and a decent spermicide would also be effective in the fight against crowded classrooms. Although they also guarantee you a spot in hell, so I guess repealing child labor laws is the Christian thing to do.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Think of the money we could save. it's not like the little fuckers are learning anything in school, anyway. Thinking only causes them to lose their faith in Jebus, and we can't have that.

  • LesBontemps

    Whew! Now we can do away with that pesky Fair Labor Standards Act, not to mention the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilites Act , Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the National Labor Relations Act, returning us to the economic stability of the 1880s.

  • CrunchyKnee

    Childs go into labor all the time in Mississippi.

  • RodneyBadger

    Relax guys, he only meant black child labor.

  • prommie

    Or is this a Mormonish thingie? They all have like 40 children, is he thinking of how much money would be rolling in if he sent all his kids to the sweat shops? Is this really about keeping all your bitches on the street?

  • Steverino247

    Somebody's really upset about our comments today or they don't understand what we do here and think we really mean the shit we say. Down thumb me, you bastard and I'll sic my four followers on you! (It was four, right?)

    • Beowoof

      I was writng on the Regan was an old Alzheimers patient thread when I saw my pee points decline. So the pee bandit is loose on Wonkette again, searching for more pee.

  • PabaBritannica

    I've always thought the downfall of freedom started the day they said "hey, do you realize that things made in one state can be transported to another?"

  • Okay, now I am going to have to compete with my seven year old for a job?

    • SayItWithWookies

      You know how I get around that? I tell the kids I'll give them a recommendation, and then when one of their potential employers calls I say I wouldn't hire them. The sweet innocent things have NO idea.

    • Beowoof

      In Beijing.

    • ChessieNefercat


    • OhNoGuy

      I think you don't understand, a lot of boys went to the mines, factories and fields to help Dad. They were not paid, they helped him keep his job.


      • My grandfather was one of those boys and eventually developed the black lung.

        Also, children who ran wild in the streets in the 19th century eastern cities were taken custody of, put on trains, and childless farmers would take them in as farm labor. Kids would be put on crates so farmers could see what they were getting, thus the term "put up for adoption."

        Newt was the one who suggested that we should take children away from the poors and put them up in orphanages until he found out expensive they were to run.
        Republicans seem to have this fetish for a world out of Dickens where people are darkened by soot, work in dangerous conditions, and people are sent to debtors prison and poorhouses. Their new chairman's name is something that Dickens would pick.

    • DashboardBuddha

      "Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? I have good news and bad news. The good news is I got a raise at work. The bad news is now I'm your supervisor. Well…that's good news for me."

  • real_dc_native

    Makes sense to put the little ones to work. It's not like spending years in our crappy public schools is of any value anymore. Then we can close the schools and we can cut property taxes on the giga-millionaires' estates. (as we should).

  • smokefilledroommate

    Someone keeps 'zeroing in' on everyone.. OneTrueIdiot, perhaps?

    • baconzgood

      HEY ONE TRUE IDIOT!!!! WHY YOU GOTTA BE A PLAY-A HATE-A. I'm still new here, you have to be gentle.

  • PabaBritannica

    We can get rid of college financial aid, knowing that our kids can start working at the age of 5 to save up! There's no excuse!

    • Beowoof

      And no need for them to know anything other than how to run a sewing machine or toilet brush. That thinking shit just clutters up their brains with ideas of right and wrong and such.

  • smokefilledroommate

    Certainly a 'Fuck Children' platform won't go over very well with Cath– oh, wait it's Utah, nevermind.

    • LionelHutzEsq

      "Fuck Children" goes well with Republicans of all sorts.

    • SorosBot

      No, a "fuck children" platform would go over very well with Catholic priests.

  • LionelHutzEsq

    More importantly, does anyone see a ban on child prostitution in the Constitution anywhere?

    If the GOP really wants to build a majority party, this will surely be their next cause, uniting the Teabaggers like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck with the Pedophiles like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Foley. They would be unstoppable then!

  • x111e7thst

    How about putting Mike Lee to work. Sweating off a pound or two might do this asshole some good.

    • OhNoGuy

      He's workin' now.

      His brain is red lining, can't you see that?

  • SilverFox

    Oh haha he was a a clerk for Alito. The Fair Labor Standards Act passed two decades after. Get over it.

  • __kth__

    For some reason this video reminds me of your average pigfucker evangelical who never graduated high school but whose theological debates with fellow tongue-speaking morons are punctuated by the phrase "in the original Hebrew".

    • __kth__

      now the Google tells me he clerked for Alito, which is just fucking wonderful.

    • aqua_buddha

      There is something distinctly similar to thumping Bibles and thumping Constitutions.

      Whilst enlightening the populace as to the dangers of believing anything other than what you are saying, while you're thumping.

    • Beowoof

      There is a complete lack of the ability to think on the part of these uneducated dickwads who call themselves preachers. I read a sermon by one whose lack of knowledge was stunning. Irrelevant and obtuse connections and logic that would be found in most pre-schools was ignored.

  • PeaceWithHonor

    Oh the dulcet tones of nullification.

  • Radiotherapy

    What about kid robots?
    Is he down with that too?
    I'm waiting for Wonkbot TSA-1138's response.

  • skaboomizzy

    Child labor is already a fact of life in Utah. A major credit card company hires 18-year olds to work their massive call center near Salt Lake City, and my employer used to screen the job applications. Dozens and dozens of kids who just turned 18 had worked five, six, seven jobs since they were 14. If you call into this card company and are relieved that you have an "American" on the line, odds are it's some high school kid working nights for money to spend on… well, whatever Mormon kids spend money on. Magic Underwear, I guess?

    • Fare la Volpe

      A dowry.

  • aqua_buddha

    See his enlightened view of FDR, who is seriously to blame for the Bush Depression, Iraq, and the Tarp, or whatever.

    We're just blessed to have *this guy* to set us all straight on that :

  • MinAgain

    I've seen the way my 9-year-old nephew treats his action figures. I don't want him anywhere near the controls of earth moving equipment or deep fat fryers.

    • ChessieNefercat

      Oh sure, coddle him all the way to being some sissified nancy-boy. You don't need 10 fingers or 2 eyes for every job, you know.

  • Tundra Grifter

    It comes as no surprise to this reporter that Mr. Lee failed to get the facts correct.

    The decision was 5-4. Mr. Justice Holmes, dissenting [joined by Mr. Justice Brandeis]
    "The single question in this case is whether Congress has power to prohibit the shipment in interstate or foreign commerce of any product of a cotton mill situated in the United States in which…children under fourteen have been employed or children between fourteen and sixteen have been employed more than eight hours in a day, or more than six days in any week, or between seven in the evening and six in the morning. ..
    "I should have thought that the most conspicuous decisions of this Court had made it clear that the power to regulate commerce and other constitutional powers could not be cut down or qualified by the fact that it might interfere with the carrying out of the domestic policy of any State….
    "The act does not meddle with anything belonging to the States…when they seek to send their products across the state line, they are no longer within their rights…Under the Constitution, such commerce belongs not to the States, but to Congress to regulate."

    • sati_demise

      You LIE!

    • Beowoof

      You are confusing these hillbilly, hick, asshole, Mr. Potter wannabes with facts. Most of them have no idea of what the constitution says or means.

  • NewYorkJew

    Clearly his Daddy made him work all weekend long …

  • FlyOverGirl

    Wow, Steele dropped from the RNC race.

  • sportshort

    What do you mean the Loughner crazy boy isn't doing anything crazy? You ain't read the story about him posing for photos in a red g-string with his sexygun against his bewtocks that was intercepted by the peoples at Walgreens, where asshatchet took them to be developed? Dang. Well, look around Wonkers, you'll find it. Suriously. Here's a link.

    • neiltheblaze

      Well, that settles one question – he's definitely a Republican.

    • I am not going to click on it. I think someone on Wonkette coined the term in regards to that midget who would be a miniature Hillary Clinton on the Youtubes, "There are things, once seen, cannot be unseen." So, true.

      I have no doubt that in America, a mass murderer will not only practiced with 9mm since high school, have a creepy smiling mugshot, and have a picture of himself in a cross-dressing, gun-loving pose that was somehow found and kept by some minimum wage employee at a drugstore. This is America, all things are possible!

      I read something about this on HuffPo and immediately navigated away for fear they will probably have an oversized version of it on the front page, because that is the crap they pull because they have no sense of decency. Blood libel, I know, but its the truth.

    • DustBowlBlues

      That even got the old man's attention and he normally ignores the news, when I'm not around, to act superior or something. Between the NPR news and switching from porn to wikipedia every time I walked through the computer alcove, the old man had a busy night.

  • This weenie Mike Lee's argument is so unbelievably circuitous. Clearly, Mikie knows circles very well, so it's likely he has frequently been called to eat the cookie.

    edit: seems the trolls are taking exception to this Wikileaking about their cookie parties.

  • Really? You're going to go for the Child Labor law an example????

  • DonnyKerabotsos

    Given the events of the past week, I'd like to propose that anyone whose first, middle or last name is 'Lee' should undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

    • SorosBot

      Being named after a slave-owning traitor who is one of the more evil people in American history yet somehow admired by many probably means someone's parents were more than a little fucked up.

      Though the rule should be amended to anyone white; we shouldn't sweep up Chinese and Koreans for whom the above does not apply because of linguistic coincidence.

    • natoslug

      Likewise anyone who argues for a return to the Gold Standard.

  • twogoats

    This argument could also help out the unfairly beleaguered owners at Massey Mining, what with intrusive gummit inspector types giving them shit about the safety equipment wasn't working before the explosion. Where in the Constitution does it say you gotta put that expensive shit in a marginally profitable mine? Huh? I didn't think so.

  • GOPCrusher

    Maybe the clothing and shoe industries will bring manufacturing back to America!

  • ChrisM2011

    Well this is excellent news. I considered giving up on my dream of finding the remaining Sankara Stones but now it looks like it's alllll gravy!

  • snoopyfan2010

    I have no problem with his children working for the new Chinese overlords.

  • Beowoof

    Well that is because knowing shit is Nazi and Gay. We all need much more common sense as Sarah reminds us regularly.

  • ChessieNefercat

    But they'd be so good at cleaning cannon barrels.

  • Redhead

    That's not fair, Jack.

    He only wants child labor to be legal in certain industries. Like filming pornography, brothels, and rentboy websites. And only the male children, not the female.

    • Beowoof

      He is a NAMBLA recruiter after all.

  • ttommyunger

    Mike Lee, pussyfart extraordinaire, started work at an early age himself, sucking Orrin Hatch's tiny goober. So, he figures it didn't hurt him any, why not have everybody start work at the age of eleven?

  • VaWyo

    Those polygamist men don't work at all. Instead they live off the welfare of their "wives". But that isn't enough anymore with the bad economy and all. So now the kids have to work too.

    When they die they will all live together on their own planet, isn't that what they believe (this part isn't talked about much on Big Love, so I'm not sure). I don't think there is a ban on child labor in space Utah either. Poor kids.

  • OhNoGuy

    Yea, I was expecting a stirring defense of Dred Scott next.

  • If child labor is so cool, why they gotta shoot all the nine-year olds?

  • Native_of_SL_UT

    Fuck, I'm sorry.

  • user-of-owls

    Who needs a canary when you've got plenty of 5-year olds?

  • fuflans

    mr fuflans and i just rewatched 'blade runner'. though no five year olds were involved, this seems pertinent somehow.

  • Negropolis

    As it inevitably always does.

  • V572625694

    I was thinking of that when he said, "Yes, there were some disputes about a national bank, child labor, but the country wasn't destroyed." Until it almost was.

  • DustBowlBlues

    I suppose now we can begin the race to the bottom, like ND's and a couple of those little bitty states back east that all blend, you know–the ones who adopted zero regulations for credit card companies and banks, respectively. I'm assuming that Oklahoma will be ahead of the pack, making child labor equal the age of the child legal. You know: 12 years old, 12 hour shift, etc. Next will come selling medical insurance across state lines and the race begins again. After major surgery, if at least 60% of the bleeding from the incision is stopped, the patient is good to go.

    Only the Teabag can save us.

  • transfatz

    "The one thing needful" as I recall.

  • gvvt

    Wikipeida: "The ruling of the Court was later overturned and repudiated in a series of decisions handed down in the late 1930s. Specifically, Hammer v. Dagenhart was overruled in 1941 in the case of United States v. Darby Lumber Co., 312 U.S. 100 (1941). The Court in the Darby case sided strongly with Holmes' dissent, which they named "classic". They also recast the reading of the 10th Amendment, regarding it as a "truism" that merely restates what the Constitution had already provided for, rather than offering a substantive protection to the States, as the Hammer ruling had contended."

    That "truism" was, in fact, the sense in which James Madison introduced the 10th Amendment: "Perhaps words which may define this more precisely than the whole of the instrument now does, may be considered as superfluous. I admit they may be deemed unnecessary: but there can be no harm in making such a declaration, if gentlemen will allow that the fact is as stated. I am sure I understand it so, and do therefore propose it."

    "BUT THERE CAN BE NO HARM IN MAKING SUCH A DECLARATION." Golly, they sure couldn't foresee the country they were creating.

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