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Objects of benevolence
"Entitlements" claim 62% of our budget!
It seems to me that somewhere down the line, when our forefathers instituted the documentation known as our Constitution, to current day Washington DC politics, our politicians has deemed themselves the power to use federal dollars on benevolent manners. This “Object of benevolence” spending now accounts for approximately 2/3 (actually 62%) of our federal budget. This includes Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security – along with other "entitlements" such as food stamps, unemployment, and housing assistance.
Throw in the aid to higher education, farm subsidies, business subsidies and the latest ObamaCare, to name a few, moves us closer to 70% of our federal budget.
A wise man once said...
James Madison, the father or our Constitution, once stood on the floor of the House, declaring
"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
We need to ask this question, has our Constitution been amended to authorize federal spending on "objects of benevolence"?
According to our Constitution...
Thomas Jefferson was clear and concise when he said “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.”
Charity has no part of the legislative duty of our federal government. It seems to me that our hard earned income is now, being confiscated and redistributed unconstitutionally. Our federal government’s number one reason for its existence is to Defend our way of life! Not to constrain it, Not to provide for it, and surely not to redistribute it!! They are sworn to “defend, preserve and protect” this way of life, according to our Constitution.
Americans are the MOST generous...
Ben Franklin said it best, “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
It is my personal belief that if our government would restore this nation as it was intended; allowing all of its citizens to pursue happiness, in the tradition of free enterprise, in the conservative capitalistic sense, these so called “objects of benevolence” would be taken care of by these industrious, God-fearing, hard working folks known as Americans. We have proved in the past days of this nation that we (U.S.A) are the most generous and giving, benevolent group of people on the planet. To make this a slightly more “religious hub”, I will take it one step further, that most of this country’s citizens are Bible believing folks, who take words such as "Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to." As our “good book” has taught us.
I think the mere corruption of today’s politicians find it a great way to assure themselves votes to stay in power, by being a rescuer of those who are down and out, by using this "Object of Benevolence” as a means of spending taxpayers dollars.
I say, it is time for this to end, and honor our Constitution.