Letter writer should retract her clause

In the letter "We need more solutions from the left" (Nov. 11, Morgan-Lynn Griggs Lamberth stated, "The welfare clause -- our national social contract -- and other parts of the Constitution require us to redress income disparity through the minimum wage and redistribution of wealth."

"General welfare" is mentioned twice in the U.S. Constitution, first in the Preamble and second in Article I, Section 8, Clause 1. It is not as Ms. Lamberth stated.

The Preamble reads (emphasis mine): "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Article 1, Section 8 begins (emphasis mine): "The Congress shall have power To lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States ... ."

The letter also states, "Society owes its members opportunity." What unmitigated gall! For any person to state society, the U.S. government or any other institution owes them anything is nothing less than incredulous! Or, to state it succinctly: "I beg your pardon. I didn't promise you a rose garden -- only life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Marie M. Skinner

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