Bridge to somewhere

Jeff Renz jr167163e at
Thu Nov 10 13:01:12 PST 2005

This discussion reveals the difficulty of spending power challenges.  We can argue all day about local v. general welfare but in the end, the courts aren't going to address it.  The thinking goes like this.  Congress funds an interstate highway--general welfare.  Congress funds an interchange for Two Dot, Montana, (pop. 50 or less)--general or local welfare?  As part of the interstate system, it's general.  For Two Dot, its local.  Under Dole, Congress gets to settle the argument.

As to the Bridge to Nowhere (or somewhere depending upon your opinion of the matter), does anyone know if it extends or connects and FAS highway?

Prof. Jeffrey T. Renz
School of Law
The University of Montana
Missoula, Montana  59812
jeff.renz at
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