Reply To: National Parks


There’s no such general power enumerated in the Constitution. My own reading is “no,” for the reasons that John C. Calhoun gave in opposing a proposed bill to pay Dolley Madison $30,000 for James Madison’s papers: that doing so violated the tenets of constitutional interpretation laid out by Madison in his Bonus Bill Veto Message (1817). I think I’m the only Madison biographer who has ever agreed with Calhoun on that one.