Friday, September 11, 2009

Article One of the United States Constitution

Section 8: Powers of Congress
Section 8: The Congress shall have power
To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
Could the general welfare of the United States include health care?


FedFarmer said...

It's important to keep in mind that the "general welfare" was understood by the Founders to mean that any action taken by the Federal government shouldn't be exclusive to one group of people, but to all Americans. Not to mention, in the Preamble, we see a major distinction between providing for the common defense and promoting the general welfare...

John B Talcott said...

That would have never passed had there been members of Congress whose beliefs match those of current day Republicans because it contains the words "taxes" and "welfare" in the same sentence.