reply to post by Sestias
You couldn't be more wrong.
General does not mean individual.
Lets take a look at the words of those who actually wrote the document. .
- "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined . . . to be exercised principally on external
objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce." - James Madison, Federalist 45
"If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited
one, possessing enumerated powers, but
an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions." - James Madison
- "Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated." - Thomas Jefferson, 1798
- "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence,
the money of their constituents." - James Madison criticizing an attempt to grant public monies for charitable means, 1794
And now some words from other Presidents....
- [I must question] the constitutionality and propriety of the Federal Government assuming to enter into a novel and vast field of legislation,
namely, that of providing for the care and support of all those … who by any form of calamity become fit objects of public philanthropy ... I cannot
find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States. To do so
would, in my judgment, be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive of the whole theory upon which the Union of these
States is founded." - President Franklin Pierce, 1854
- I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to
be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit." - President Grover
Sorry, you're just plain wrong.