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Our panel will address a topic that goes to the heart of a debate over the nature of humankind: When dealing with governmentsponsored redistribution of wealth, can our elected representatives, to whom the Constitution grants federal taxing and spending authority, be trusted to exercise that authority; or must we place upon them what James Madison referred to as "auxiliary precautions," burdens higher than those imposed by the requirement that they stand for reelection, in the case of the House, every two years, or in the case of the Senate, every six years?

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Susan Low Bloch, Disciplining Congress: The Taxing and Spending Powers, 13 J. L. & Pol. 525 (1997).