Have you ever wondered how our country got to this point?
We spend nearly a trillion dollars on welfare and we spend billions of dollars locally on welfare. Although the individuals do not see any solutions from all the welfare being provided. Citizens see more welfare being needed and our taxes being raised even though when our taxes are raised, it's not always the case that more welfare is provided and definitely no solutions are provided. Why is this and what does the general welfare clause have to do with this?
What is the general welfare clause what does it have to do with us?
The general welfare clause is first seen in the preamble then again in article 1 section 8. It states that the federal government has the ability to collect tax and assist with the states for welfare. To some of the founding fathers the intentions of this Clause was for national emergencies such as tornadoes or attacks, anything where there is a need for the federal government to assist the states. Most of all this is in the eyes of Thomas Jefferson and Madison, not necessarily Hamilton or Adams, who believed the clause wasn't necessarily for action when there were emergencies. Thomas Jefferson and Madison believed serious emergencies that cannot be handled by the state alone is when the general welfare clause be put into action. In one letter, Thomas Jefferson asserted that “[T]he laying of taxes is the power, and the general welfare the purpose for which the power is to be exercised. They [Congress] are not to lay taxes ad libitum for any purpose they please; but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union. In like manner, they are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose.”
What makes this approach so concerning?
We've seen major emergencies in our lifetime with Katrina and the national fires going on but in most cases they have improperly used the general welfare act for a very very long time the USA is still under 30+ different National emergency's. Even though the General welfare clause was never meant to supply sustained welfare it was only meant to supply help not to support a nation and its people. Believe it or not it is directly responsible for the 16th amendment which is directly responsible for the IRS and directly responsible for enslaving all of us.
Having the government assist the states doesn't seem too bad, that the federal government will help out when we need them to, but the issue is that these issues never end the government never supplies a solution to the issues. Most of the time, they create the issue that never ends. So what does this mean about the general welfare clause? The federal government is claiming everything under the general welfare clause so they can raise your taxes and they can supply you with the welfare that they think that you deserve, for any circumstances not just for national emergencies.
They believe that they can control the businesses, they believe that they can regulate things that they were never meant to regulate and this is a huge issue because the bottom line is the government at any level will never work itself out of a job. The government supplying solutions is ridiculous especially from a business standpoint, you never want to work yourself out of a job. Therefore the government will never supply solutions for the things that we need assistance with. It eventually just becomes a perpetual problem and "we need perpetual action" and "we need perpetual welfare." In our system this this does not work, it doesn't work in any system has tried, and many various socialist systems. Socialist solutions fail every single time because the government or leaders cannot create anything.
With that what are some solutions to getting off of the government teat?
The best the best actions you might be able to do is to have community involvement, being active in your local community not necessarily being active with your local government or local designated organizations, but you can find like-minded individuals in your area that see the same issues that you do and then it can be addressed. This will help us find solutions that work for our community without the government's involvement.
Ultimately that's the problem with the general welfare clause as we know it today based of Hamiltonian views of govt. powers. It is that the general welfare does not focus on the problems of your town of your local community. Even-though one town may have an opioid problem, another may have a homeless problem your town might be losing businesses due to a tyrannical government. There's all sorts of issues that could be happening that we can solve as a community as a people without forcing anybody to do anything they do not want to do, completely voluntarily it can be done.