Saturday, June 19, 2010

Quote of The Day - The General Welfare

"They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare.... Giving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please."

- Thomas Jefferson

Ask a liberal and they'll tell you the general welfare clause gives the government carte blanche to do whatever they want. Turns out our Founders were clear that this was not the case.

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