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"I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity, ... [it] would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded."
Franklin Pierce (more quotes by Franklin Pierce or books by/about Franklin Pierce)
(1804-1869) U.S. President
In 1854, when vetoing a bill to help the mentally ill
Authority, Constitution, Subversion, Unification, Welfare