What might have happened to the ability of Congress to govern if the Framers had not included the elastic clause among its enumerated powers?   

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The elastic clause is a very important clause in the Constitution. Without it, it would be much more difficult for Congress to do its job. The elastic clause allows Congress to deal with issues not specifically covered in the Constitution that are necessary for Congress to do its job.

This clause has sparked a lot of debate about what Congress can and can’t do. Those who believed in the loose interpretation of the Constitution believed the Congress can do anything unless the Constitution specifically prohibits it from being done. Those who believed in the strict view of the Constitution believed the Congress can do only what the Constitution specifically says it can do.

The writers of the Constitution could not have possibly been able to consider every possible situation that might arise in the future. There would be things that didn’t even exist when the Constitution was written. Yet, Congress may have to take action regarding these things. The elastic clause allows for this to be possible. It does give Congress a great deal of power. If used properly, it can be a very effective tool for Congress. If used incorrectly, it can lead to abuse of power by the government.

The elastic clause is a very important part of the Constitution.

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