The least quantity assignable,
admissible, or possible, in a given case; hence, a thing of small consequence.
- The act of governing; the
exercise of authority; the administration of laws; control; direction;
- The mode of governing; the system
of polity in a state; the established form of law.
- The right or power of governing;
- The person or persons authorized
to administer the laws; the ruling power; the administration.
8 - The Congress
shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and
Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and
general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and
Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
- To make all
Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into
Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by
this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in
any Department or Officer thereof.
II, Section 2 -
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the
Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators
present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice
and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public
Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other
Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein
otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but
the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior
Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the
Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may
happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions
which shall expire at the End of their next Session.
V - The
Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it
necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the
Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States,
shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either
Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this
Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of
the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as
the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the
Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the
Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect
the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first
Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived
of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
Preamble to The Bill of Rights
- The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of
their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to
prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further
declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as
extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will
best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
of Confederation II - Each state retains its sovereignty,
freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right,
which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United
States, in Congress assembled.
- Building an Innovative,
Globally Competitive Economy
- We must maintain our
commitment to free and fair trade, lower taxes, limited regulation, and
a limited, efficient government that keeps up with the new realities of
a changing world.
- Lower Taxes and
- We know what
brought us this success - the hard work of the American people and
the Republican commitment to low taxes. Now we must keep our economy
on the right path by preventing taxes on families from going up next
year, making the tax relief of the last four years permanent, and
reforming the tax code to make it simpler, fairer, and more
- Tax Reform
- Instead of being
simple, the current tax system is needlessly complex, making it
susceptible to abusive tax avoidance schemes. Instead of being
efficient, it punishes hard work, discourages savings and
investment, and hinders the international competitiveness of U.S.
- Tax reform is
necessary to achieve the simplicity, efficiency, fairness, and
predictability that the American people deserve, and to give all
Americans the freedom to determine their own spending priorities. In
particular, we must:
- Replace the
tax code with a system that is simpler, provides more freedom to
our citizens, is pro-growth, boosts the economy, and encourages
savings and investment.
- Sunset Commission
programs are designed with specific purposes, and they ought to be
assessed to determine whether they are meeting their goals. We
endorse creating a commission to evaluate discretionary spending on
federal agencies and programs to ensure that taxpayer funds are
being used for the best, most efficient purposes. Such a commission
would determine whether certain programs are duplicative, wasteful
or inefficient, outdated or irrelevant, or failed. It would
recommend to Congress programs that could be terminated, moved, or
restructured to make the government more efficient.
- Management Agenda
- We support
President Bush's vision for government reform, which is guided by
three principles. Government should be: citizen-centered, not
bureaucracy-centered; results-oriented; and market-based, actively
promoting rather than stifling innovation through competition. The
President's management agenda is an effective tool for making sure
government is active but limited, focusing on results and obtaining
- Local Control
- We recognize
that under the American Constitutional system, education is a state,
local, and family responsibility, not a federal obligation. Since
over 90 percent of public school funding is state and local, not
federal, it is obvious that state and local governments must assume
most of the responsibility to improve the schools, and the role of
the federal government must be limited as we return control to
parents, teachers, and local school boards.
- Strengthening Our
- Community Health
- Community health
centers are locally-controlled, private providers of primary and
preventive care services in the most underserved communities in the
country. Health centers are not federal providers. Funds are awarded
competitively to underserved communities through the federal grant
- Summary and Call to
- For 150 years, our
Party has found its purpose in its principles. We confront big
challenges instead of passing them on to future generations. We move
forward with needed reforms to make the government work better for
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