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Monday, October 3, 2016

The Risks of Big Government

From The Founders, Religion and Government:

"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 theUnion; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, everything, 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, Referring to a bill to subsidize cod fishermen introduced to the First Congress (February 7, 1792)

Note the things Madison listed as not being the concern of the federal government. How many are they involved in today?

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