“If Congress can employ money indefinitely…”

“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, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation
down to the most minute object 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 the
limited Government established by the people of America.”
 

                                                    — James Madison

(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/James.Madison.Quote.4030
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One Response to “If Congress can employ money indefinitely…”

  1. “It is the highest impertinence and presumption, therefore, in kings and ministers to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense. … They are themselves always, and without exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. Let them look well after their own expense, and they may safely trust private people with theirs.”
    — Adam Smith
    (1723-1790) Scottish philosopher and economist
    http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Adam.Smith.Quote.CC14

    “[I]n America it is the so-called capitalist who is to blame for the fulfillment of Marx’s prophecies. Beguiled by the state’s siren song of special privilege, the capitalists have abandoned capitalism.”
    — Frank Chodorov
    (1887-1966) Journalist, writer, founded The Freeman publication
    http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Frank.Chodorov.Quote.BE88

    “The government expands at will, based on what might be charitably called flimsy constitutional reasoning and less charitably and more accurately called arrogant judicial tyranny. Government authority these days rarely comes from the Constitution as written but from the last carefully crafted misinterpretation of it. This is called legal precedent.”
    — Linda Bowles
    (1952-2003) Columnist
    Source: Enlarging government’s power a step at a time, CONSERVATIVE CHRONICLE, May 1, 1996.
    http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Linda.Bowles.Quote.886E

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