Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mr. Madison speaks

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."

-- James Madison (1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source: 1792, in disapproval of Congress appropriating $15,000 to assist some French refugees

(HT Liberty Quotes)

"If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money and promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one...."
James Madison, letter to Edmund Pendleton, January 21, 1792

(HT Walter Williams homepage)

(P.S. Still regrouping.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

An increase in government interference and supervision increases the marginal utility of freedom- nostalgia.