Definition: Denied Powers
To protect against tyranny, the Founding Fathers denied some
powers to both the federal and state governments.
The federal government canít grant titles of nobility, or levy
export taxes. They also canít pass
laws. This means that if you did something legal on Tuesday,
and a law was passed on Thursday against what you were doing,
you wouldnít be breaking the law for your Tuesday actions.
Finally, there are no
Bills of Attainder,
which if allowed, could imprison someone without a trial.
States are denied the right to enter into treaties with
foreign nations. They also canít print money or tax imports or
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