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By Ronald G. Knapp, Terry E. Miller

The background of North the US is in lots of methods encapsulated within the historical past of her coated bridges. The early 1800s observed a huge increase within the building of those bridges, and within the years that as many as 15,000 coated bridges have been equipped. this present day, fewer than 1000 remain.

Without lined bridges to span the rivers and supply entry to immense swaths of the internal that had formerly been tough to access—America by no means might have constructed the best way she did.

In America's coated Bridges, authors Terry E. Miller and Ronald G. Knapp inform the interesting tale of those bridges, how they have been outfitted, the technological breakthroughs required to build them, and particularly the commitment and ability in their developers. all the bridges, no matter if nonetheless status or long past, has a narrative to inform concerning the nature of the US on the time—not simply approximately its transportational wishes, however the availability of fabrics and the technological prowess of the folks who outfitted it.

This ebook is de facto choked with interesting tales and information—passionately informed through prime specialists in this topic. The booklet may be of great curiosity to somebody attracted to American historical past, carpentry and early expertise.

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WHY SHOULD WE CARE? That freedom comes not from government, not from the consent of the governed, not from the community, but from God and is inherent to our humanity has profound effects on modern jurisprudence. ” Due process means that we know in advance of the violations of Natural Law that the government will prosecute, that we are fully notified by the government of the charges against us, that we have a fair trial with counsel before a truly neutral judge and jury, that we can confront and challenge the government’s evidence against us, that we can summon persons and evidence on our own behalf, that the government must prove our misdeeds beyond a reasonable doubt, and that we have the right to appeal the outcome of that trial to another neutral judge.

By regulating everything from wheat to water, Congress has infringed on the rights of the states and individuals. Even activities taking place entirely on private property or inside someone’s home have not escaped congressional regulation. Where the executive and judicial branches have failed to check and balance these congressional power grabs, new spheres of federal power have been created, and state and individual rights have been unjustifiably and unconstitutionally curtailed. This is a direct assault on the individual liberties that our tripartite federal government was designed to prevent.

Under a freedom-loving, Big Government-fearing view of the General Welfare Clause, Congress can only spend for the general welfare when it has permission to do so under another enumerated power. This limits what Congress can do in the name of the “general welfare” by requiring that expenditures of federal tax dollars be such that all persons can enjoy them. Building bridges confronts the general welfare dispute directly. Fans of Big Government argue that as long as the public can use the bridge, it exists for the general welfare, including the now infamous “bridge to nowhere” in Alaska that joins a town of forty-five people to a nearby city at a cost of $223 million of your federal tax dollars (that’s just the minimum; Taxpayers for Common Sense figure the final taxpayer payout at $315 million).

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