A. Take a look at Article 1, section 7 of the Constitution. You will notice it gives the US Congress the power to raise taxes and spend tax dollars. We also see this power right at the beginning of Article 1, section 8 of the Constitution. How do you feel about Congress's power to tax us and spend our money? Do we need taxes? If yes, why? If not, why not? Does Congress do a good job spending our tax dollars?

b. What do you think the rights of Habeas Corpus and freedom from Ex-Post Facto laws in Article 1, section 9 mean? Are Habeas Corpus and Ex-Post Facto important protections for you, me, and all other American citizens? How come? Should we do away with these protection in the post 9/11 age?

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1. In Bull v. United States, the Court pointed out that "taxes are the lifeblood of the government, and their prompt and certain availability an imperious need." In order for a government provide for the needs of its citizens, it must have the funds and resources...

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