AP Government Post #2

Read Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution.  Does Congress have too much power?  Is the “necessary and proper” clause outdated?  Are there enough checks and balances today?  Are there any powers of Congress that you would limit?  If yes, which ones?

Article 1 Section 8

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126 thoughts on “AP Government Post #2

  1. Does Congress have too much power?
    No Congress does not have too much power. This is ensured through checks and balances ( each branch has the power to “check” or “limit” the others).
    Is the “necessary and proper” clause outdated?
    The “necessary and proper” clause is and is not outdated. On one hand the necessary and proper clause gives congress the power to create laws necessary to function. Which seems fairly reasonable. However we now have checks and balances and many other laws that also give congress these powers.
    Are there enough checks and balances today?
    There are enough checks and balances today. No branch is able to become too powerful because they each check the others and prevent them from doing so.
    Are there any powers of Congress that you would limit? If yes, which ones?
    Yes, I would limit the power to declare war. I do not personally believe that war is the answer to any problem. Thus I feel as though the process to declare war sshould be even more difficult than it already is.

    • I do agree with you that the Congress should be limited to their declare of war thus that being the start of many deaths and battles. I disagree with the Congress not having too much power. They control a lot and yes there is the balance of checks and balances. Still, they control pretty much the economic and political aspects of this country. Other than that, great response.

    • Although they say we have a system of “checks and balances”, how would you know that each branch is really checking each other? For the simple reason that the 3 branches “check” each other is the problem itself. In modern day society I believe we live much differently than when the constitution was first written and that our government is moving to a system of corruption. For these reasons i’ll have to disagree with your first statement but, I do believe that there are better ways to gamble besides war.

      • Yes today’s world has evolved and changed and the Constitution tends to not reflect what is going on in modern day society, which does show that our gov. is a moving system of corruption.

        • I agree our world is a moving corruption and displays the half truth to its people. People in today’s world evolve and continuously move.

        • I would say that at some extent, Congress does have more power than the other branches. However I really think that our government works completely fine and although some changes can be done, there is enough balance between them.

          I wouldn’t really say it’s outdated because it allows our government to adapt to new situations and create new laws that are necessary for the welfare of our country.

          The powers I would limit from congress are the capability that they have to overturn the Supreme Court.

      • I agree that it’s good to question whether our government is actually checking each other, and not ganging up. Questioning our government is the first step to fixing anything that might be wrong.

      • I agree with us living much differently than people use to when the constitution was first made. So some of the constitution is almost relevant to life now.

    • I agree with you on the aspects of how we have checks and blances to keep each branch of government. However i don’t believe the necessary and proper clause is not outdated due to the simple fact that our world has changed from what it used to be in the 1800’s. I believe it should be updated to fix our problems that we have in the present.

    • I agree, everything is pretty well managed within the government and theres a reason we have so many checks and balances. We don’t want the government getting out of control and I think we did a pretty good job of preventing that.

    • I agree with you. I to believe that congress doesn’t have too much power, that necessary and proper inst outdated, and that we have enough checks and balances. However with the declaration of war, do you think that they want to start war if not necessary? I don’t think congress would start a war without a viable cause, but then again, government is weird. I just personally think that congress wouldn’t start a war if they don’t want to because its human nature not to go into war and risk lives of many Americans.

    • I also agree that congress having the power to declare war is something major and should be limited. Wars always lead to more wars.

  2. Congress has ultimately the power to control United Sates in general. The Necessary and Proper Clause too me is outdated. Nowadays, people do things whether is it necessary or proper for the United States during these weird times. The Necessary and Proper Clause was crafted to apply to most federal functions. In this article section it is only covered in grants. I do not believe there is enough checks and balances today. The economy system of our world has slowly fallen apart with this pandemic. Some powers of the Congress I would limit, is the eye sight impact. Their ability in knowing the people and watching over our financial moves , is just not giving us the privacy.

    • You’re right about the invasion of privacy about watching financial movements, but without it, imagine how much fraud and tax evasion would occur. Look at all the big businesses and non-profit organizations that get busted every year due to this power. So I think that, while definitely invasive, it shouldn’t be limited.

    • I agree congress has so much power that they don’t know what to do with it. I get were your coming from on the whole checks and balances ordeal but, I do belive we have enough due to the fact of them keeping eachother in check. The sight pact is rediculous and it just shows that the congress has to much control over our privacy.

    • I like the power you would limit,I feel like that privacy would be something every American should be given and have. I also agree about the fact that the pandemic has had major effect on our government to the point that its making them fall apart to an extent.

      • I agree the pandemic really is messing with how the government is functioning. Yes Americans do need privacy, but I also feel sometimes its ok for the government to step in and take action when necessary.

    • I agree that this pandemic has made functioning as a whole more difficult than need be,especially with what is happening behind closed doors with Congress.

    • I think this is an interesting perspective on how government function has been revealed by the pandemic, but it is the opposite of what I said. I agree that lawmakers do things regardless of if they are Necessary and Proper, but I think that clause needs to be available. For example, the Constitution has no details on what kind of transportation system should span the U.S., or whether people need to consent to be recorded. I can see what you mean by there not being enough checks and balances, but I would argue that it’s the checking of hyperpluralism that is keeping the government from making positive impacts. I agree with wanting to preserve the privacy of the people.

    • I agree that congress has the power to control the united states . I also agree that the necessary and proper clause is outdated. Good statement overall.

    • I agree for the reason you think there are not enough checks and balances today. We really have fallen apart through this pandemic, not just the economy but even some families. I like how you mention congress gives us no privacy because we are practically being watched 24/7.

  3. The power of Congress is not outdated, however the states to make sure that they are constantly checking the power of congress. Congress necessary and proper clause it needed since the ability to make sure the powers are enforced is a power that congress needs to have, however the states and other branches need to do a better job at enforcing the checks and balances for congress. It should not take 5 years to realize that the congress has overstepped their power with the gun-free zone act passing in 1990 and the United states vs Lopez in 1995. Also the public knowledge in the acts and bills that they pass should be very clear since it makes sure that the congress does not over step in their power, i.e the earn it act almost passing without the public knowledge, it the congress decides to make the passing of bills secretive, the powers that they have will be over stepped and abused. There is no power that should be limited by congress, however a harsher check and balance would be necessary, and the states have more a focus on making sure that congress bills and acts, 1 to 2 years after passing are not overstepping their powers.

    • I agree with this. The states need to make sure that they are being treated fairly and the ideas of federalism are being upheld. I think the states and government should have fairly equal power.

    • There’s a lot of back and fourth with your response so its hard to tell what “side” your on. But I like how you bring in both arguments into each question and I also agree and how there should be harsher check and balances so congress has more focus on making sure that congress bills and acts.

  4. I believe the congress hass to much power because they can do whatever they want as long as it remotely states it in the constitution. The necessary and proper clause is way outdated due to the fact that it was created to help in the 1800’s. It gives congress excessive control over the U.S. by granting them to make laws that govern our country. Yes i believe there is enough checks and balances because they are able to control other parts of government by making sure that don’t try to exsert to much power. I would limit the power to intiate war because it only causes more damage to both parties then good, it should be a last result.

    • I disagree, congress does not have unlimited powers that “allow it to do whatever it wants”. Congress has many limitations, one of which you mentioned, checks and balances, which ensures that no branch is too powerful. I do agree that checks and balances are a good thing and I also would limit the power to declare war.

    • I agree with you that there are a sufficient amount of checks and balances among the branches. However, I don’t believe the clause was made specifically for issues in the 1800s, but rather as a way for the government to make changes that may go against the constitution, but are necessary for the progression of the country.

    • I disagree, Congress does have a lot of power. But I don’t think it’s too much. States have rights and they are able to team up to say that what Congress is doing is way out of turn or not.

    • I agree with your first point in the sense that Congress stretches the Constitution to justify some laws to a suspicious extent. However, I disagree with your point on the necessary and proper clause because its purpose was to allow laws to change in the future, beyond the 1800s. I would be interested in hearing if you feel like checks and balances are enough to counter the control given to Congress by Necessary and Proper. I agree that war should be a last resort, but I do think it should remain in the hands of Congress because of how difficult it is for them to agree on anything, as opposed to the executive branch where one person can make major decisions without needing agreement.

  5. I don’t believe Congress has too much power due to the checks and balances set into place.
    While the wording may be, I believe the clause is not outdated. It serves as one of the checks on Congress and is one of the reasons Congress can’t toss out laws like they’re going out of style.
    I believe there are enough checks and balances, both internally and externally, that Congress is kept in it’s place.
    I would limit their taxing, because they control our economy with taxes and could abuse that power to pass laws through threatening to raise taxes.

    • I agree with your statement on congress not having too much power, but disagree on the clause not being outdated, because they still have power over the states with it.

    • I agree with your comment about limiting the government’s taxing powers. The excess power could potentially cause unfair laws and control over the economy, as you mentioned.

  6. I believe that Congress ultimately has to much power and enough control to change and control the United States. The necessary and proper clause isn’t outdated yet because it enables congress to remain relevant through emerging conditions and enact the laws and regulations without having to seek constitutional change constantly. I think the Congress shouldn’t be allowed to borrow money just because of the soul fact that no one will know where to money comes from and or how it will be used so its sketchy.

  7. I don’t think congress has too much power, but we need to make sure that the idea of federalism is upheld and that states have all the power they deserve. For example, one of my biggest annoyances with the government recently is the way they’re dealing with the legalization of certain drugs. While certain states have legalized them, the DEA or other federal entities are still arresting and taking down businesses that are perfectly legal from the states. This seems like a violation of all the ideas of federalism to me. It also annoys me that influential people have way too much power, for example the private prisons. Private prisons and their owners spend millions of dollars each year lobbying congressmen to keep these drugs illegal just so that they can keep profiting off of incarcerations, and it works.To summarize, I don’t think congress has too much power, I think influential and rich people have too much power over congress.
    I don’t think the system of “neccesary and proper” is outdated. I think it’s good that theres some overlooking force that can make laws if its deemed neccesary for a better civilization. I haven’t heard of any cases recently where this has been abused, but if there are then maybe I’d reconsider my opinion.
    I wouldn’t specifically limit any powers of Congress. If we start limiting powers of Congress, then nobody in the government will have them, and I think that’s an even worse idea than having too much power in Congress.

    • I agree with you that the clashing of state and federal government is a huge problem right now and how they cant seem to find some common ground on the topic of legalizing certain drugs. I also agree with you that the rich do have some power and influence on Congress and that needs to be addressed.

    • I agree, I feel none of the powers specifically need to be limited based on the other restrictions they already have. I also agree federalism needs to be upheld because it seems in recent years the concept has fallen flat. Congress cannot abuse its power without other branches stepping in and limiting them.

    • I agree with you. The government should lay off of the states decision on drugs. However the MORE act that is being voted on this month, will cause your idea to happen, so it is only a matter of time

  8. I don’t think that congress has too much power, the power they are given by the constitution is sufficient. How every I do believe that the Necessary and Proper Clause is outdated because it was created for congress to be aloud to make more laws and that gave the federal government more power over time. In my opinion there are enough checks and balances today. The three branches go through a process in order to make sure that they work with one another. A power I would take a way from congress is the power to declare war, because it doesn’t seem complected enough for congress to be able to do it.

    • I see how you want congress to have the power of declaring war stripped from them due to the lightness of the complication involved.

    • I agree with the power to declare war, I feel as if nobody should actually have that power over the entire country due to the fact that it puts innocent lives at stake and it could harm innocent neighboring countries as well.

  9. I do not think that Congress has too much power. I believe that the checks and balance system currently in place does a good job on regulating power among the three branches. I dont think the necessary and proper clause is outdated. The ideas presented in the clause still serves its purpose today on limiting how much power Congress has. I do think there are enough checks and balances currently in place to ensure that not one branch will have complete power over the others. The only power that I would limit on Congress is their power on taxes because they are the only branch that has power to increase taxes.

    • I disagree with limiting the power on taxes. Without taxes in place the economy would be in ruins and the amount taxed is solely based on the income of the economic area.

    • I completely agree with you that the system of checks and balances does a good job of regulating power between the 3 branches.

  10. In my opinion I feel despite the clauses, congress does not have to much power. With the constitution being around so long many changes have occurred and limited each branch. For example even if congress decides to not pass a law, the president has executive orders that can nullify the decision. The supreme court itself is specifically made to declare laws unconstitutional if necessary. For these reasons I feel that none of the branches have to much power that strays from another.

    • I agree with you that Congress does lose its ability to over power the other branches with each edit since it has been around for so long.

    • I agree that each of the branches have been limited enough and balance each other. I think that the changes we have made to to constitution over time have helped make sure that no one branch has too much power.

  11. I think that congress has good power over all the aspects to the financial side of everything being able to collect taxes and stuff but not too much power due to checks and balances. I don’t think the necessary and proper clause is outdated, i think that the clause still serves its purpose, i think that the checks and balance system in place today are enough to move forward. I don’t think that congress should have the power to levitate taxes because that’s just not right no matter what the reason is.

    • I agree with you on the necessary and proper clause, but I also want to mention how it can be misused by Congress. I think there should be some restrictions and a better definition of what is considered ‘necessary and proper’.

  12. After reading Article 1 Section 8,it can be said that Congress does and doesn’t have too much power due to some of the permissions they have needing to be negotiated with the people of the state to come to a common ground. The “necessary and proper clause” is outdated because this allows Congress to do what they feel is right without consulting with whom it may effect.Which is pretty much telling Congress “the sky is the limit”. There aren’t enough checks and balances,if there was then the legislative branch would seem to have the most pull on what goes and what doesn’t. The powers of Congress I would limit would be raising money for armies and the Navy because the funds could be used the wrong reasons,if anything the money should be put towards re-evaluating the treatment and crimes done to certain minorities groups as well as giving people who have served a step in the right direction via a job or housing even if its temporary instead of leaving them to fend for themselves once discharged. Another power I would limit is being able to declare war because in some cases even though it is a very slim chance,the issues at hand could discussed.This can be dire at times when too much confidence is put into those who speak for the U.S. internationally without thinking of the consequences that could ensue later on.

  13. I don’t believe that congress has too much power if we continue with the idea of federalism, this way congress can keep itself in check through the different branches of government. The “necessary and proper” clause has good intentions and, I personally believe it isn’t out dated. If the federal government decides that the law is NECESSARY than by all means. I think that the checks and balances now a days are perfectly fine, each branch of government is monitored. I wouldn’t limit any powers of congress.

    • It’s interesting that you say that. I also believe that the government has all the necessary checks and balances that they need to keep it all equal between the branches of government. However, have you ever consider that Congress could potentially abuse the “Necessary and Proper” Clause to gain leverage over another branch or even state? It seems that they have been given a dangerous power that needs to be cautiously used. Although overall, I can agree that the federal government has enough systems to keep their checks and balances in place.

    • I would agree with everything that you said. I especially feel as if checks and balances is a good thing. However, if I could limit a power of congress, I would limit their ability to declare war.

  14. Does Congress have too much power?
    I do not thing that Congress has too much power, I think this is ensured by the checks and balances put into effect by the Constitution.
    Is the “necessary and proper” clause outdated?
    I do not think that the necessary and proper clause is outdated, and I do not think that it will really ever be. I think it is important to give someone the power to make laws that are truly necessary in times of need.
    Are there enough checks and balances today?
    I think there could be more in certain situations, and less in others so something could actually get done for once. I do thing checks and balances are important to have so one branch is not too powerful.
    Are there any powers of Congress that you would limit? If yes, which ones?
    Personally I would limit their power to declare war because I think war is a last resort.

    • I agree, that congress does not have too much power. Also yes there could be more checks and balances in certain situations. Lastly I agree, congress should not be able to declare war. War is a bad thing just like hate. It could potentially ruin the country.

  15. Congress definitely does have numerous powers vested to them through the Constitution. However, they normally are restricted to a certain extent so that way they can not overpower another branch of government. For example, in Article, I Section 8, Congress has the ability to raise and support Armies and Navies but only for two years. They also can have supreme jurisdiction over any part of a state so long as it is approved by that state legislature and is not more than 10 miles square. Yes, the “Necessary and Proper Clause” gives way too much liberty for Congress to make any laws that they decide fits that description. However, from these two examples, there are still checks and balances in place. The President is still the Commander in Chief and has complete jurisdiction over what to do with Navies or Armies. And Congress can not completely control places without the state’s approval. If there was one power that I would want to limit from Congress it would be their ability to impose excises and imposts.

    • I like how you talk about the other branches have more power in certain areas like with the Navies and Armies. I am not too familiar with all of congresses power and abilities. So, I was just wondering what their ability to impose excises and imposts means? Is that just a different way of talking about their taxing abilities?

  16. After reading Article 1 Sections 8, I feel as if the congress holds just enough power but not too much. The necessary and proper class is extremely outdated in my opinion due to the fact that it gives too much power to congress, it give congress the potential to gain one up over the other branch. It allows congress to have the only say in what they feel is right or wrong when it comes to laws. I feel like there are enough checks and balances in today’s government. When a law is passed they all seemed to be made so that one branch doesn’t have leverage over the other. If I was able to limit a power it would be the power to do something that could potentially cause a war, only because I feel like that should be the last option.

    • I also agree that congress having the power to declare war should not be used. It should always be a last option since it usually leads to more conflicts.

  17. I believe Congress does not have too much power, they try to balance things in the best interest for the United States. The necessary and proper clause is not outdated but is used to its’ full extent by congress. I think yes there are enough checks and balances. If there was one power i’d limit from congress it would be the power to tax and spend that money, because it ruins our economy more than help it.

    • I agree that congress does not have too much power, although I do think that they should be limited in their power in some places. I think that the choice to limit the power to tax and spend money is a good choice because I think they do use money to do stupid things sometimes.

    • I agree with you with limiting the power to tax and spend money because sometimes it is used for the wrong reasons. But I disagree that congress makes decisions for the best interest of the United States.

  18. The power given to Congress was initially controlled and maintained by checks and balances, making sure no branch has too much power, but may now slightly be less equal because we may not know whether or not each branch is actually “checking” each other. There are not enough checks and balances today that ensure fairness and equality for the states. I do not believe that the necessary and proper clause is outdated because it is still relevant to the government processes of today. But I do believe that the government should be limited in their power to tax because they have the ability to control the country with taxes.

    • What makes you say that congress isn’t “checking” themselves? Conflict arises when power goes to a person that is not supposed to have said power. This is why checks and balances work and keep congress objective.

    • I can concur that the necessary and proper clause is not outdated. It helps congress make legislative laws that can check and balance the executive and judicial branches of government. I also heavily agree that Congress should be able to be limited to the amount that they can tax upon the American people. So much of people’s income goes to federal and state taxes and they are normally left with an un-livable salary. Overall, I can agree that congress needs to be checked, but also needs to retain some power to check other branches.

  19. I don’t believe that Congress has too much power, primarily because any powers that can be abused are checked within Congress and by other branches. I think the “necessary and proper” clause is especially necessary in modern times because the original Constitution does not have provisions for modern technologies. Without the “necessary and proper” clause it would be very difficult, if not impossible, for Congress to pass new laws that account for changes in society. I believe there are enough checks and balances today affecting Congress because modern issues have shown that is is an incredibly long process for Congress to make new laws due to the checks within Congress. I can’t think of anything in particular I would want to limit Congress on, but limiting the ability of Congress to use U.S. credit could potentially be a way to decrease the country’s debt over time.

    • I agree with you when you said that the current checks and balance system provide a decent job on controlling the powers of the different branches. I agree the clause is most important now because the Constitution did not take into account new modern technologies.

    • I agree that the clause is still needed. I believe that the constant changes require the need for the necessary and proper clause because it allows our country to advance.

    • I agree that power can be abused with anyone even Congress. You have a great point on limiting Congress ability to U.S credit is one of the many was to decrease the country’s debt over time.

  20. I don’t believe congress has too much power because of the checks and balances between the different branches. There are plenty of these checks and balances that keep congress from being too strong, such as the veto from the president, and the judicial branch can say a law is unconstitutional. The necessary and proper clause is not outdated because it still serves the same purpose it always has of limiting congress’s power. There is not a power that congress has that I think should be limited, except for maybe being able to raise taxes.

    • I agree that Congress does not have too much power because of checks and balances and without it, it would turn bad and too much chaos.

  21. 1. I feel like Congress does not have too much power. The necessary and proper clause is in place to make sure that Congress can take care of emergency or conflicting situations so that these situations can be taken care of as quickly as possible.

    2 The necessary and proper clause is not outdated because Congress might still need to straighten out some “unprecedented” situations that are not stated in the Constitution.

    3. I do believe that there are enough checks and balances. If someone believes that Congress surpasses their given power they can appeal to the Supreme Court and have them decide. If there were more checks and balances I predict that nothing would get done and no changes could benefit or hurt the American people so we kinda have to compromise and take risks.

    4. I don’t think I have enough experience to judge whether Congress’s powers should be limited.

  22. I believe that congress doesnt have too much power because their power can be check on other branches. And the necessary and proper is really necessary but without it would be difficult but the checks and balances i think are enough to this day

  23. I don’t think that congress has too much power because of the checks and balances, I also don’t think that the “necessary and proper” clause is outdated. I do think that there are enough checks and balances today and there isn’t anything that I would change because of the fact that I don’t believe I’m informed enough to make that decision

  24. Congress does not have too much power. The government has ensured this by enacting checks and balances. I personally don’t think the clause is not outdated. It protects congress from being able to do whatever they wish. I think all of the checks and balances in place protect from Congress having too much power. Congress does have direct control over our economy because they control America’s taxes. I believe this is the only thing I believe we could improve on.

  25. I do not think that the power Congress has is to much. No I don’t think that the necessary a proper clause are outdated. Without these two clauses Congress would have to much power. I think that the checks and balance system works fine and each branch can stop another if they see it is fit to.

  26. I do not think congress has too much power. Congress has many limiting factors such as checks and balances that prevent it from becoming too powerful. I believe that the Necessary and Proper clause is not outdated because we still have checks and balances. Congress is limited in its power to only what is specifically written in the Constitution. Congress can make make laws necessary to ensure those powers are implemented hence the necessary and proper clause. I believe there are enough checks and balances today. No one branch of government s too powerful. I do not think we should start limiting any powers of Congress.

  27. I don;t believe that Congress currently has too much power. There are enough checks and balances to keep the power of each branch equal. However, I don’t believe the necessary and proper clause is outdated because it could still be necessary. The checks and balances put in place prevent Congress from making laws that would take power or gain control over another branch of government. The clause is necessary for the government to properly govern a society that is constantly changing and advancing beyond the Constitution. If there was any power I would limit it would be the power to create taxes and declare war because I don’t believe Congress should be given that power.

    • I agree that due to our constant change in society the necessary and proper clause is needed and not outdated.

    • i agree I don’t think that congress have the power to declare war, I think that is a very big power and also very dangerous. And I do think although the clause is necessary to our, constantly changing society, do you think there could be another clause to limit some power the necessary and proper clause gives congress, or do you think is it even something that could be possible.

  28. Yes, congress has the most power out of all three branches.Although congress maybe the most powerful branch congress it is also the hardest make agree on law or bills, for the fact that congress is split between the senate and house representatives which is further split into political parties going on their own agenda while the executive branch is usually only one political party usual based off the president’s and vice presidents political party. No because rewriting this clause would give congress either too much or too little power, and rewriting the clause would make one branch of government profoundly more powerful than the other. Yes, but the checks and balances do not work if one party controls the branch. Congress shouldn’t be able to make laws without the president’s vote.

    • I apologize but I do not think that Congress is the most powerful branch of government. Each of the branches has separate powers and the process of checks and balances ensures that one of the branches does not have the ability to overpower the others.

  29. I believe that congress has a near perfect amount of power. Checks and balances puts a constraint on the amount of power they are able to hold which in turn makes their power perfectly balanced. The necessary and proper clause is not outdated and is still imminent to this day. Checks and balances have kept the power of congress stifled so far. I believe that it has done a good job of doing what it was made to do. I don’t think I would limit any of the power congress has. They are the government we chose and the judgment we should trust.

    • I agree the checks and balance today is still used when needed to. However, I think it may not be enough sometimes. The necessary and proper clause is also not outdated because there will always be new interpretations of it as the US changes and time passes.

  30. I believe Congress doesn’t have too much power due to checks and balances. Also many things congress has control over are the bare necessities and things the country needs control over. Congress isn’t overbearing and controlling all things. The “necessary and proper’ clause is not outdated and is still very much needed and stops congress from making unnecessary laws. There are enough checks and balances today. All 3 branches have not become to powerful and are successful with the checks and balances they have now. I don’t believe there are any powers that congress should be limited on.

    • I agree that the necessary and proper clause is not outdated, because they really do help to prevent congress from making unnecessary laws and it also helps them decide how to legislate the powers of another branch.

  31. I don’t believe Congress has too much power. I think that the necessary and proper clause is not outdated, I think it’s a great clause. But I also believe that it can be misused, and cause issues within the country. I strongly believe there are enough checks and balances and that no branch is attempting to step out of line and have more powers or authority that the other. It’s well stated in the constitution, who has what powers. It is crafted well in order to make it very clear how the branches will be balanced. Finally, I personally believe that Congress should not be limited on their powers, I see all their powers to be fair. The only thing I would somewhat change is the meaning of ‘necessary an proper’, because Congress could misuse this power and make any law and somehow make it sound ‘necessary’.

    • I completely agree with you on every part. Personally i also don’t think that congress has too much power but they ca misuse the necessary a proper clause. The can easily deem that something is necessary where it is ultimately not. However, i think that where checks and balanced can come in. If a certain branch thinks that it is necessary to do something, someone can be like “hey, why is that necessary?”

  32. Does Congress have too much power?
    I don’t think congress has too much power personally. I think that the powers they have make sense for the most part. They have restrictions. Not to mention that some people in congress don’t agree on some things so it takes time for them to think about making something.
    Is the “necessary and proper” clause outdated?
    I don’t think that the necessary and proper is outdated. I feel that the government should be able to issue something if they think that it helps keep the area safe and the people safe. As long as they don’t use it to make rules that aren’t needed or in areas that don’t have problems.
    Are there enough checks and balances today?
    Think there are enough. If there are too many then barely anything would go through. I think we need things to be able to go through with checking but if we have too many then nothing would get done.
    Are there any powers of Congress that you would limit? If yes, which ones?
    I wouldn’t change anything right now unless it became a problem. I haven’t come across anything negatively impacting me. I feel the more we get into government the more i will feel about this question though.

    • Your take on if you had the ability to change any powers of Congress is interesting because I think that everything in our government could have that ability to be changed positively to assist the public’s needs.

    • I think you made a great point about the “Necessary and Proper” clause and what we think should be limited in Congress’ power. I agree with you completely.

  33. I honestly don’t think congress has too much power because of the checks & balances being in place. Th necessary & proper clause is not outdated, because if anything it helps so congress won’t make any unnecessary laws & it is still used today. One thing I would limit is the way they spend the money, because it really hasn’t been helping out the economy so much.

    • I agree that the necessary and proper clause is not outdated because it’s still being used today and to help from congress from making unnecessary laws.

  34. I don’t think that Congress has too much power because of checks and balances which gives no branch to abuse their power and so it’s used to balance their power between them. “Necessary and Proper” clause is not outdated because it serves as one of the checks to protect us from congress doing whatever. I think that the checks and balances are enough because it handles congress from having too much power. I think there are no powers of Congress that I would limit.

  35. I think Congess does have too much power.Congress has ultimately the power to control United Sates in general. To me I believe that the Necessary and Proper Clause is outdated. Congress is making too many decisions that are not necessary during this time period. Congress has the most power out of the three branches. I would limit congress power in the bigger decisions that need to be made.

    • I disagree with your statement that Congress has too much power. While it does have the most power out of any branch it was designed that way as the US is primarily a republic. Additionally, even though it has the most power, it is spread among 535 people which means that each person does not have a lot of power. The necessary and proper clause is not outdated because times change, and interpretations of the Constitution change too.

  36. I do not think that Congress has too much power. The check and balances that are implemented into our government between branches automatically restrict any overpowering from any of the branches. I think that the “necessary and proper” clause is relevant still because it allows Congress to decide when to legislate the powers of another branch in order to make changes for the people. As for the check and balances, I think there are enough influencing our government because the branches are able to veto laws and power of impeachment. If I had to limit any powers of Congress it would be their ability to oversee investigation because recently it seems like their investigations aren’t to aid the public but to aid the elite.

    • I agree entirely. It seems as if the decisions currently being made higher up in the government, such as the debate with the stimulus checks, are focused on helping the already rich instead of the general American public and their wellbeing.

  37. I do not believe that congress has too much power, because of the checks and balances that government has on each branch. And I don’t think that the “necessary and proper” clause is outdated, because it can be used to the benefit the people, but I disagree with some of the implied powers they have, for example the power to start a war, I think this is a pretty big power for congress to have and this is one of the powers that should be limited. I think there are enough checks and balances being implemented today in our government, so that not one branch abuses their power without being checked.

    • I agree. I think the opinions of the genera public should be factored in when the issue of war arise,especially since it is the commonpeople who are expected to fight in the war and help fund it.

  38. Congress does not have too much power. The checks and balance system ensures that congress does not have too much power and that every branch of government keeps each other in check. The “necessary and proper” clause is not outdated because it is still useful and effective for establishing important decisions for the nation. The checks and balances make sure that congress can’t do anything that gives them to much power.

    • Agree with Kai, because having the neccessary and proper clause ensures that no one have more power over another and that that power it stricly used when needed when making big state decisions.

  39. I think that congress does not have too much power because off our checks and balances system. However, I think there is corruption within congress which can make the checks and balances system fail. I do not think the necessary and proper clause is outdated but I do feel there needs to be slight reform in ways of giving more power to the people in terms of having a say in law rather than just electing officials and hoping for the best. I understand we cannot have too many checks as it would slow things down however I think having more thought out checks may be beneficial to us today. I do not think anything within congress other than what I have addressed needs to be changed, but I believe once we delve further into this class my mind could change.

    • During this pandemic, I would also agree that checks and balances should be more enforced so it does not fail when we most need it.

  40. I think Congress has enough power. Its made up of the most amount of people so each decision made has to get the majority vote. So it’s not like anything will happen without consent. The checks and balances in play to stop some wrongdoing from Congress helps keep them in check. I feel that the necessary and proper clause isn’t outdated but should be tweaked a little, back then people weren’t how they are today. The people are more outspoken and do have more opinions, but sometimes we can really think for ourselves and need Congress to step in.

  41. Congress does have too much power due to check and balances in which each branch can limit others. The Necessary and Proper clause in not outdated because it continues to give congress the power to make laws. There defiantly is a small lack of enforcing checks and balances currently. I would limit the laws to raise up taxiation because it can lead to a result of unfair laws and control over the economy.

  42. I do not think Congress has to much power since we do have checks and balances to keep it to everyone has equal power, I do think they abuse their power at times. I do believe that the necessary and proper clause is outdated because times have changed and we need to update some of the laws and governments abilities. I do not necessarily think I would limit anything Congress does.

  43. I believe that Congress does not have too much power as it is split between a lot of people, so there is a lot of power but it is thinly spread. The necessary and proper clause is not outdated because peoples’ vies change, so the laws need to change with them. I feel that there are enough checks and balances, as Congress cannot pass any law, without 2/3rd approval without the President, and the Supreme Court can always overturn the law and label it unconstitutional. There are not any powers that I would limit, as everything seems balanced.

    • I agree with you congress does not have too much power. I also like how you said there is a lot of power but it is thinly spread.

  44. I do not think that Congress has too much power because of checks and balances for every branch that controls if they have too much power. I also do not believe that the “necessary and proper clause” is outdated but it can be abused to an extent. I think checks and balances could be enforced more today, and that I would change how much they tax.

  45. Although Article 1 Section 8 instills Congress a large amount of power, there is a whole system of checks and balances designed, preventing any one branch of government from becoming too powerful. I do not believe the “Necessary and Proper Clause” is outdated because it helps the principals that our country was found on connect with the current advancements we have now. One example of this is in the realm of newer technological advancements and regulations as this is not something that was outlined in a document that was created roughly 250 years ago. I think the only power Congress is allowed that should be limited is the power to declare war as it should be a decision that is made by the American people, rather than a small group of selected individuals. I also think Congress can be kinda sneaky in the realm of trying to pass laws without much media attention, however these laws rarely ever make it entirely through the process of passing a bill.

    • I agree. The checks and balances really does help with mandating other branches. I like that you added the example.

    • I agree that the power to declare war should be changed. War should never be the answer and I hate that in many cases people turn to this as a resolution when it take the lives of thousands of innocent people.

  46. With the use of checks and balances, it prevents any branch from having too much power, so I do not believe congress has too much power. Necessary and proper clause is not outdated. It gives congress the ability to make laws. Checks and balances also help with this. Which in turn, there are enough checks and balances. I would want to change declaring war and put limitations on it.

  47. I don’t think Congress has too much power there are some limits to their own power. However, they are able to use the power to a very large extent. I do not think that the “necessary and proper” clause it outdated because there are some instances where congress needs to take action but they also abuse the power. I believe there I believe in today’s world the checks and balances are enough but it’s used in the agenda of the government and not the people. I don’t think there are any powers of congress that I would limit because I think many are necessary but also they abuse some powers.

    • I agree, checks and balances are used in the agenda of government and not the people which isn’t ideal.This is something that can hopefully over time be changed.

  48. I don’t believe that the congress has too much power, mainly due to the fact that there are checks and balances. These ensure that no one branch becomes too powerful and there is a way to prevent something from happening if one of the branches sees something wrong with it. That being said, the congress definetly abuses its powers at times but this seems too be unavoidable. I do believe that the necessary and proper clause is outdated because it was made so long ago and the United States has changed and evolved so much since then. I feel as though the checks and balances are good the way they are, they keep each branch in check and prevent lots of inequalities. I would not change any of congresses powers because that would create another problem within itself. The government needs the power in order to rule, otherwise people would be able to do what they want with no consequence.

    • I totally agree with the saying that congress does not overly have powers and that it is very much appreciated that checks and balances even exist because it keeps everything in place and not a disaster.

  49. I do not think that Congress has a lot of power. The checks and balances in place do not allow any overpowering from any of our branches of government. The “Necessary and Proper” clause to me to is not outdated because as long as it is not misused to make an unnecessary additional rules, I feel like it holds a significant part in our government’s systems. I also think that there are enough checks and balances currently. It is ensured that one branch doesn’t have more power over another. My only complaint with Congress’ power is how much we pay in taxes. I would want to see where all of that money is going to and possibly stop some of those deductions if they are unnecessary.

  50. Does congress have too much power?
    Of course not the powers that are delegated to congress are only so proper because they keep others in check or know when they have to limit a certain thing which is where checks and balances falls into place with that. I would say that the neccessary and proper clause is not outdated unless it just started being used in a unconstituitional way where it was being overly taken advantage of. As far as the amount of checks and balances it is pretty evened out amongst every branch. Concluding if there was anything I would change I would say why we are being taxed so much and since currently the amount that they tax us is so high it would be nice to see a breakdown of where that money goes like if it goes to good benefits.

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