January 17, 2013 12:30 PM

Government powers | Regulations impose undue burden on individuals, businesses

In 1773, in Boston Harbor, patriots dumped tea into the water in protest over the English tax that had been imposed upon them. This iconic American event put into perspective a principle that would later be reflected in our Constitution -- no taxation without representation. When the U. S. Constitution was adopted, it left the power to make laws solely in the legislative branch and kept that power distant from the executive branch. In that way, no tax or law would be imposed upon the public except through their elected representatives. The same principle is reflected in South Carolina’s Constitution.

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