We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What might be called the unlimiting of the national government began to take place during the New Deal, when the Supreme Court understood congressional authority to be so capacious as to leave little that Washington could not regulate. Congress largely accepted the Court’s jurisprudence and extended its legislative reach, losing sight of the core purposes of government and building our big and costly welfare state.
This is not quite correct. The “unlimiting” began as a result of the passage of the 16th and 17th Amendments to the Constitution. Review of federal spending establishes this correlation. After passage of these Amendments the budget began to grow but growth was subdued under conservative Presidents until the onset of the Depression.
Hoover’s progressive policies addressing the Depression were the first "unlimiting of the national government". Hoover was a progressive and his policies were very similar to FDR’s.
By all accounts it was the Supreme Court’s abdication of its responsibilities which led to the series of cases which permitted the legislative branch to exceed all prior accepted limits.
"Congress largely accepted the Court’s jurisprudence and extended its legislative reach, losing sight of the core purposes of governmentand building our big and costly welfare state. "
Rewrote that: Congress largely accepted the Court's jurispudence and extended its legislative reach, finally able to do what they'd always seen as the true purpose of government, the building of a large and costly welfare state.".