James Madison (one of the most Federally Oriented founding fathers) had this to say about the General Welfare clause.
If congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands, they may appoint teachers in every state, county, and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post roads; in short, everything, from the highest object of state regulation down to the most minute objects of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress….Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of limited Government established by the people of America. [Letter to Edmund Pendleton, January 21, 1792]
Amazing what he lists as obvious stretches of federal control.
Growing up my family had a huge number of books at hand to read. The ones that really got me started in reading first though were the cartoon books of course. No, we didn’t have “comic books” so much as all the old softbounds of daily comics. Naturally I started with some of the easier to read ones, but as I got better I started reading some of the more ‘wordy’ ones, where characters would exercise their verbosity to extreme degrees.
One of the ones that constantly grabbed my attention was this POGO volume. Now anybody familiar with the Pogo world knows that it is far from an easy read. With his use of deep accents, he presented a very interesting take on the larger world, by casting it all in their little swamp.
Well, I’ve been browsing around trying to find some of this old content, and stumbled upon one book online, and right away, it seemed to play right into today’s hot topics.