What Rights Does the Federal Government Have In Businesses?

@bestboy19 (5482)
United States
September 22, 2010 10:12am CST
Does the federal government have any constitutional rights to tell a business what benefits it may or may not give its employees? Does it have any constitutional rights to set salaries? Does it have any constitutional rights to stick its nose into any private company business?
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@TTCCWW (579)
• United States
22 Sep 10
Child labor laws, minimum wage, workplace safty, FDA, air safty, lead in your water supply anyone? It's apparent over the last thirty years what happens when the government steps back and lets business run wild. I thought it was a good idea 30 years ago. Boy, was I wrong. The busines people I hung with tried to run honest people serving companies. We gave these guys a little rope and they ran away from America. My point is, if a company is complaining about new regulations they are probably doing something they should not be doing when running an upstanding corperation.
@N4life (851)
• United States
22 Sep 10
Exactly. The problem is that corporations are thr real govt.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
23 Sep 10
What about telling a business what benefits it must offer its employees? Does the federal government have the right to do that?
@TTCCWW (579)
• United States
23 Sep 10
When we have mega company's like Wal-Mart with zero moral responsibility to it's society unfortunatly it seems that it must become part of our fabric. I have had employee's for 35 years and I am exhausted with trying to supply insurance to my employee's while mega corperations refuse to be responsible. And most do not even pay taxes. Worse yet, paying premiums for decades, price increases with no regulation, and then have an insurance company tell me that a broken bone is not covered because it was pre-existing condition. Really, can we grow up and start having conversations about what free market and capitalism is realy supposed to be. It is not a free ride and it takes a heart felt dedication to America to own and operate a company in this country but I doubt it is any easier in other developed country's.. If you are just out for yourself then these folks should not be running companies. Eighty percent of America works for small company's, under 50 employee's, have you noticed that ninty percent of the complaining is not from those people it is from the Wall Marts of this country.
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
22 Sep 10
By the constitution, the federal government only has the right to regulate commerce between the states and international trade....period. And no, interstate commerce doesn't mean they can regulate the industries that might be involved in interstate commerce...they can only regulate the methods of that commerce.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
22 Sep 10
Thank you for responding. What does that mean, "Regulate the methods of that commerce"?
@xfahctor (14128)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
22 Sep 10
Basically it means they can regulate the conditions of commerce between states, if it makes more sense phrased that way. What it doesn't do is give power to the federal government over the products sold in the course of interstate commerce as the currant flawed definition (used as an excuse by the feds to regulate nearly anything that could potentially be sold across state lines) seems to define.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
23 Sep 10
Thanks for the explanation.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
22 Sep 10
Constitution - rights - small business - you mean fat cats? they are bad, bad, bad. Our government is doing great to make small businesses into evil doers. Regarding Constitutional rights, well that is an antiquated piece of literature.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
22 Sep 10
I'm sure there are many who believe the Constitution is an antiquated piece of literature, that is until they need it.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
22 Sep 10
“This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.” This was written inside a copy of the Declaration of Independence
@Netsbridge (3242)
• United States
23 Sep 10
No; unless, of course, the business ran to the government for bailout and took taxpayers' money (in which case the government is justified in using a fine-tooth comb on its management)! You do not want a government known to nose in private affairs, then do not run to it for money!
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
24 Sep 10
That's right, don't look to the government for help. If you've gotten yourself into a mess, get yourself out. If you ask the federal government for help, before you know it, they've taken over.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
22 Sep 10
What Constitution? I thought that they did away with that? Do you mean we still have one? It certainly must be tattered and torn...nearly illegible after all it has been through during the last administrations. I think though if tenderly laid out and gently read, you would find that the Federal Government does not have the right to interfere with a private business's private business. It cannot set salaries. It cannot hire and fire CEOs. It cannot dictate day to day business within a business. How did this ever happen? Ignorance, Fear, and Impotence. Who is going to stand up to the Federal Government and a President who pulls the Race Card? Shalom~Adoniah
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
22 Sep 10
That race card is what's getting torn and tattered from too much pulling. It's getting hard to read what it says, and this has nothing to do with race, although some may try to make it a race issue.