Ground rules

What is the main function of the federal courts? To interpret laws of the United States. What is the Supreme law of the land? The Constitution of the United States. Of the many bills proposed to be law, what is a tax or revenue bill? A legislative motion that authorizes the government to spend money. Is the Affordable Care Act a tax? No, according to the president, except and unless it’s challenged in the Supreme Court and then, yes, according to the Supreme Court.

Can a bill originate in either House of Congress. Yes, except for a tax bill which must originate in the House of Representatives. Did the Affordable Care Act originate in the House? I don’t know. Were Senators always elected? No, originally Senators were not elected by the people. Representatives have always been elected of and by the people. Why were members of the People’s House given two-year terms while members of the Senate were given 6 years? This gives people a closer check on how they are taxed than if a tax/revenue bill could also be introduced in the Senate.

This requirement ensures the government remains close to the people by allowing voters to boot them out of office in two years rather wait 6 years for reelection of a Senator to check that error. Is the President’s main function to see that laws are enforced? Yes. Does that include the Constitution?

William L. Harris


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