“If the farmer who grows feed for consumption on his own farm competes with commerce, would not the housewife who makes herself a dress do so equally? The net of the ruling, in short, seems to be that Congress can regulate every form of economic activity if it so decides.”Some 15 years ago, William Mellor and Robert Levy co-authored a revealing book titled “The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom.”
“By extending federal regulatory authority to nearly every productive economic activity, Wickard eviscerated the principle that the federal government has only those powers expressly granted to it in the Constitution. And for this reason: to sustain an ill-conceived cartel whose chief purpose was to keep the domestic price of wheat close to three times the world price.”
For Additional Information, See:
Putting the Framers’ Intent Back into the Commerce Clause by Eric W. Hagen
Wickard v. Filburn: The Supreme Court Case That Gave the Federal Government Nearly Unlimited Power by Antony Davies and James Harrigan
What Do We Want in a Supreme Court Justice? by Lawrence W. Reed
Great Myths of the Great Depression by Lawrence W. Reed
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