"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."
Franklin Pierce
(1804-1869) U.S. President
May 3, 1854, President vetoed a bill
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"Public Philanthropy" can not be achieved without blatant theft.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Where the hell else is the buck suppose to stop. A man does what a MAN can, thus LBJ took on Civil Rights when he was in office. Some guys like Reagan and the Bushes went the other way. Depends on your idea of manhood I guess. A Big Man in my view helps the little guy, a little guy like Pierce helps the big guy and kisses his butt.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
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    right on. in this world you have to help yourself or you will be dependant on Uncle Sam everytime something bad happens.like the saying goes"dust yourself off and start again"(close enough)
     -- h.lasky, sac. ca     
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     -- T Lappas, Silver Spring, Md      
    Waffler , your comments ,as usual, make no sense. It's not a "big man" who steals someones money and gives it to someone else. J carlton said it well and Franklin Pierce was that rare President that seemed to respect the Constitution.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
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    To "Waffler": I suggest that you read the US Constitution and point out where in that document it provides that the federal governmnet must provide for those who cannot - or in most cases - will not provide for themselve. Another point. LBJ was successful on civil rights becuase of Republicans and because "civil rights" of all citizens of all colors are in fact protected by that same constitution.
     -- rudyalso, Ft. Worth, TX     
  • 4
    Excellent!! Waffler, you want a beneficent King to serve in exchange for favors and titles. It is not the American way to seek a kind and wealthy master but to be masters of our own destiny even when the fates may be unkind. It is the difference between the serf and the sovereign. In America, each person is a sovereign soul, master of his/her own life. But there are some who would prefer to be taken care of and use their collective force to steal the property and labors of those that do not want to join their 'corporation.' That is where fascism/communism gets its power, from people who want more power and wealth than they are willing to earn. By joining a powerful mob, their collective force can be wielded against any strong individual -- and they justify such crimes by saying 'we took a vote, and you lost.' Just hope you are never in the minority... Yes, Waffler, you need a King's ass to kiss.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    What a quaint concept; that the government ought to be limited to what the law authorizes. Now we are hearing the call for a global tax on financial transactions to hand over to the dictators of the world who say they will feed their poor while blue helmeted UN thugs look on (with the occasional child rape of course). Soon all the world will look like Zimbabwe. Oh, Brave New World...
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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     -- Johann Hollar, Saint Paul, MN      
    This is so appropriate today - by way of example, the Supreme Court never ruled on the Constitutionality of Obama Care only, that the fed could tax what ever it wanted.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Truly Virtuous stewardship never entails the
    cultivation of states of dependency, whether within the construct of the Family, which is the seminary of the State, or within society, at large.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill      
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