Letter writer should retract her clause

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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

Evans

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justus4
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justus4 11/29/10 - 04:40 am
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Blah, blah, blah. If the
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Blah, blah, blah. If the words are printed, and the intent of the words are distorted, misplaced, or wrongfully interpreted, then that's considered an individual failure. The US Constitution is NOT, repeat NOT the letter of the law, but the framework. U can point to any part and there is an exception somewhere. It provides RESTRICTIONS on the government and provide boundaries or limits to government involvement into citizen's lives, but trying to communicate a thought to individuals with Tunnel Vision Ideology borders on the impossible. This article appears to be taking the other article out of context...but that's our new reality, however, it seems juvenile and doesn't pass the common sense test. So here's the question: What grade would this article writer give the "general welfare" of the Union? And what is that grade based on? Oh, and this article also implies that someone wants "a government handout" which is code language for U know who. Again, a wrongful interpretation.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/29/10 - 06:28 am
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Justus, the General welfare

Justus, the General welfare clause is the justification for taxes not the reason..Of course liberals are like The Queen in Alice in Wonderland..The Constitution says what they say it says and nothing more...

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 11/29/10 - 07:14 am
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i am so tired of people

i am so tired of people expecting something for nothing..the taxpayer is and will always be asked to carry the weight of those who believe that somehow they are entitled to everything that those who work have..we have spent trillions on welfare and it only grows, when are you who receive our bounty that we the taxpayers give you going to say at least thank you instead of wanting more...

Pu239
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Pu239 11/29/10 - 08:10 am
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"The welfare clause -- our
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"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." Sounds like "U Know who" wants a government handout to me.....

Runner46
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Runner46 11/29/10 - 09:24 am
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It appears that there are

It appears that there are some who think that the government is the source of their wealth and prosperity. This reminds me of one of the early English colonies on this contenent, where certain persons of class were not inclined to pitch in and help get things in order for the colony's survival. The answer for them was: If you don't work, you don't eat. So, what has changed for today? The Constitution does not allow you to walk around with your hand out expecting someone to give you your daily bread!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 11/29/10 - 09:34 am
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JUSTUS, why is it always
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JUSTUS, why is it always about race with you? The Constitution DOES NOT guarantee anyone with a job, benefits, retirement, maternity leave, etc. This president ran on a "redistribution of wealth" platform...in other words, Socialism. Now, finally, the people have awakened, and the recent "shellacking" his party took should show that his "vision" is garbage!

Crabby Appleton
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Crabby Appleton 11/29/10 - 10:12 am
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One has only to glance over

One has only to glance over at North Korea to see what a total disaster a communist-socialist govenment is. A nation of 28 million people who depend on the government for most everything except the air they breathe. And.......the North Korean government is broke and subsists on the benevolence of China and Russia who throw them just enough assistence to keep them alive and loyal to their benefactors as a family dog waiting under the table for a few crumbs to drop. The people of North Korea have no wealth to redistribute.

The country produces nothing of value. It's people spend a lifetime idolizing it's "dear leader" (ala Obamaesque).

No government is capable of giving it's people anything but what it takes from it's people. The redistribution of wealth is a recipe for collapse of an enterprizing economy. If those who work hard to gain wealth by running businesses find their hard work results in a "taking" by the government in order to give to those who lack the ambition and desire to work, they soon will just gather up what they have stored and ride the train. And I think we've been seeing that for the last two years.

getalife
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getalife 11/29/10 - 11:05 am
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It is sad that a large part

It is sad that a large part of our population were born with their hands out wanting more. At some point, there will not be enough taxpayers to support all of the entitlement crowd. Redistribution of wealth is socialism and that type government has failed for all nations that have tried it. Our current government have only read books and have decided what form of government the USA should have. None of the party in power has any knowledge about how a business should be run.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/29/10 - 12:37 pm
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getalife. "At some point,

getalife. "At some point, there will not be enough taxpayers to support all of the entitlement crowd"

Too Late. We have already reached that point.

Where is the re-boot button?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/29/10 - 12:57 pm
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We've cultivated a culture of
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We've cultivated a culture of lazy, greedy takers and entitled them to feel life is owed to them. God bless the hard-working men and women that work hard to achieve. When I see evidence of those who will not but demand really get what is comming to them, I will then believe in the true spirit of America.

urright
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urright 11/29/10 - 02:01 pm
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U know who is still a U know

U know who is still a U know what. "Welfare" has taken on a new meaning and those of us who work our butts off don't much care for it. Society owes the underpaid and unmotivated nothing.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/29/10 - 02:22 pm
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Speaking of entitlement

Speaking of entitlement crowd. Here's a link to an article that will BLOW you away!

It seems that a hard working man who makes $60K per year for his family is no better off financially than someone who makes minimum wage AND he is hardly better off than someone who only works 1 week per month!!!!

All thanks to the US government stealing our money to give to them. The math & specifics are all here.

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/entitlement-america-head-household-maki...

Folks, we as a nation are done for as long as we keep rewarding non-productivity.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/29/10 - 02:29 pm
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"The U. S. Constitution

"The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself." ~Benjamin Franklin~

"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." ~Benjamin Franklin~

A woman asked Benjamin Franklin what type of government the Constitution was bringing into existence. Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Key Phrase. If you can keep it.

libertarianvoter
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libertarianvoter 11/29/10 - 03:38 pm
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General welfare as stated in

General welfare as stated in the Constitution just means overall happiness, not a redistribution of wealth LOL.

albertoli
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albertoli 11/29/10 - 05:42 pm
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Whoever "educated" Ms

Whoever "educated" Ms Lamberth should be fired.

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