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General Welfare clause of the Constitution(2 posts)

General Welfare clause of the ConstitutionBikingViking
Feb 6, 2002 1:02 PM
I know the "general welfare" clause in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution is used by those to continue a growing trend of politicians (Republicans AND Democrats)spending other peoples money on pet projects.

I find the words of James Madison rather enlightening on this subject.

"With respect to the words, "general welfare," I have always regarded them as qualified by the details of power connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution . . . [that] was not contemplated by the creators.
Letter to James Robertson, April 20, 1831 (Madison, 1865, IV, pages 171-172)"

BTW, if you think I am annoying in cyberspace, just ask my wife what I am like in person! :o>

Scott
Your wife is a saint!...nmmr_spin
Feb 6, 2002 1:28 PM