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McMaster and the General Welfare Clause

January 6, 2010

McMaster and the General Welfare Clause

Christina Jeffrey for Congress

By Christina Jeffrey

SC Attorney General McMaster and 13 other States Attorneys General are threatening a lawsuit against the Senate’s Health Care Bill based on the “General Welfare Clause.”

Article ISection 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution, is known as the Taxing and Spending Clause. It is the clause that gives thefederal government of the United States its power of taxation. It says:\

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; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

The last two clauses are known as the General Welfare Clause and the Uniformity Clause.

Either one seems a good place to question the so-called  “Cornhusker Kickback,” a promise given to Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska in Exchange for his vote.

The limits on federal power to legislate for the “general welfare” in the taxing and spending clause of the Constitution have been interpreted since 1937 to be undefined  and boundless.

Just to refresh our memories, the country was in a crisis throughout the 1930’s. Business confidence was extremely low. The reason for this, say many economists and historians, was the uncertainty created by the administration’s unpredictability and frankly, the very public war President Roosevelt was waging on private business.  Does this sound familiar?

Roosevelt, in order to fight the Great Depression, asked the Congress for powers of unprecedented scope -powers that one might expect to give to a President during wartime but not in peace. Does this sound familiar?

Hastily crafted legislation was rushed through Congress so quickly that members did not always have copies in time for the floor vote.  But the Democratic majority was willing to give the President anything he wanted. Does this sound familiar?

The Supreme Court resisted, finding much of this legislation unconstitutional. We can only hope for this kind of result this go round – but precedent isn’t with us.

The President won re-election in a landslide in 1936 and, using his popularity, went after the Court.  A bill was drawn up to add 6 new Justices. If the Court goes for us, will Obama do something like this?  Why would he not?

Political scientists call what happened next, “The Switch in Time that Saved Nine.” Beginning in 1937, one justice began voting for the New Deal Legislation and the General Welfare clause has been interpreted broadly ever since.

It is possible that the AG’s can win this suit, but frankly

there is a better way – elect a new Congress in 2010!

A new Congress can undo everything the old Congress did in the way of legislation. It can’t unspend money already spent, but it can stop the bleeding.

Watch the latest video at www.Schotline.com and know that the lines are being drawn in the sand.  Freedom will either be restored in November 2010, or it will die here, in the place it was born. You have a choice.  You can decide if you have the spunk to be free, or if you’ll sit on the sidelines and watch freedom die.

Find a candidate and support the heck out of him or her – right now, there is no better investment. Do it, or watch your life and the lives of your children change forever!

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Paid for by Christina Jeffrey for Congress  — ChristinaJeffrey.com

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Maria permalink
    January 7, 2010 5:36 PM

    Excellent article. Thanks dear lady. Let’s elect a new congress in 2010! I like that.

  2. Gary from Greenville permalink
    January 7, 2010 5:38 PM

    Thank you Christina Jeffrey! Yes, this sounds all too familiar and I stand with you to oppose the loss of liberty that we are facing. We need Federal Armed Forces, but we can’t live with Federal intrusion into healthcare – literally.

  3. Bill from Columbia permalink
    January 7, 2010 6:56 PM

    Great article, but reason and common sense often fail in the modern (i.e., post-WWI) political environment. In addition to electing a new Congress, that new Congress should adopt an amendment to the U.S. Constitution (and send that amendment to the States for ratification) that would clearly state that Congress has limited (i.e., enumerated) powers, and that the General Welfare Clause, in conjunction with the Commerce Clause, does not give Congress a blank check.

  4. January 8, 2010 11:49 AM

    The current federal administration and congress are all about power. I am thankful that you are willing to take a stand against this by devoting your time, resourcing and name to support the founding principles of OUR Constitution. “We the people” are the rulers. The elected officials are our servants. Instead, they have become kings. Living in District 3, I cannot vote, but will support you. Every representative affects us all. We need to find more Christinas and stand behind you during campaign and term of office. Our government was never designed for representatives to work without the will of the people!

  5. Reg;ina Hayes permalink
    January 8, 2010 11:51 AM

    I profess to know very little of what’s has been going on in my country. It has been people like Christina Jeffrey that has nudged me off the couch into doing something. We need her knowledge and expertise to represent us in congress. She can’t do it alone. She needs our help. We can no longer sit back and relax and wait for someone else to save our assets…..get it. Volunteer to help.

  6. January 17, 2010 11:44 PM

    HI CHRISTINA.

    PLEASE VISIT SITE– BUGLER.ORG

    FEEL FREE TO DOWN LOAD PAPER TITLED ” THE GENERAL WELFARE CLAUSE” WRITTEN IN 1994.

    IT SEEMS THE SWING VOTE VOTED THE WAY HE DID TO SAVE THE COURT.

    WE NEED AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION CLEARLY STATING THAT CONGRESS HAS 17 ENUMERATED POWERS AND THAT IS ALL THANK YOU.

    I RAN FOR CONGRESS IN 1990 [GO TO MYLITV.COM] AND PUNCH IN MY NAME. IT IS A ONE HOUR DEBATE BETWEEN ME AND TOM DOWNEY.

    ALSO I RAN AGAIN AGAINST STEVE ISRAEL IN 2006.

    GOOD TO HAVE YOU ABOARD THE GOOD SHIP “USA”

    GOD BLESS YOU CHRISTINA.

    IF YOU NEED ME FOR ANYTHING PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL AT
    631-589-7017

    THERE IS MORE TO THE GENERAL WELFARE STORY THAN PRESENTLY
    EXTANT.

    NO ONE EVER THOUGHT THE DAY WOULD COME WHEN IT WOULD BE A CRIME IF YOU DID NOT BUY YOUR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE.

    RECEINTLY THE ISLAND OF SAMOA LOST A FISH CANNERY BECAUSE THE US CONGRESS THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE TO INCLUDE SAMOA UNDER THE GENERAL WELFARE CLAUSE AND DEMANDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF SAMOA ADHERE TO THE MINIMUM WAGE LAW THE IS PREVAILING IN THE USA.

    ON 60 MINUTES THE GOVERNOR OF SAMOA IN ANSWERING THE QUESTION PUT TO HIM BY 60 MINUTES ANSWERED THE EFFECT WAS DIVESTATING.

    ONLY ONE CANNERY LEFT AND THAT ONE IS SCHEDULED TO LEAVE SOON UNLESS THE MLR IS RECENDED FOR SAMOA.

    THIS WILL LEAVE THESE PEOPLE WITH NO JOBS.

    BUT NOT TO WORRY — THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CONGRESS WILL SEND BASKET WEAVING INSTRUCTORS TO HELP SAVE THE ISLAND.

    OR MAYBE LIKE THEY DID IN THE PACIFIC NOTHWEST WHEN THEY SHUT DOWN THE WHOLE LOGGING INDUSTRY TO SAVE THE HABATIT OF AN OWL. THEY SENT THE LOGGERS WHO LOST THEIR JOBS TO COMPUTER SCHOOL. RESULT HIGH BOOZE AND HIGH DIVORCE RATES.

    OR MAYBE HOW THEY SHUT DOWN THE VEGESTABLE INDUSTRY IN ONE OF THE VALLEYS IN CA TO SAVE A BUG.

    IT GOES ON AND ON.

    WHERE WILL IT END?

    THAT IS EASY TO FIND OUT.

    JUST GO VISIT AN INDIAN RESERVATION.

    THE ALL HAVE NO TEETH. THEY ALL HAVE DIABIDES. AND THEIR LIFE EXPANTENCY IS SOMEWHERE IN THE 50’S.

    BUT THEY DO GET FOOD STAMPS AND FREE HOUSING AND BLANKETS.

    THEY WILL SOON DISSAPEAR FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH BUT
    THE GENERAL WELFARE CLAUSE WILL HAVE DONE ITS JOB.

    THIS IS SO SERIOUS.

    READ MY PAPER AND MAYBE WE CAN STILL TURN THE TIDE.

    WE MUST STOP BEING A COUNTRY WHOSE READ MY LIPS SAYS “GIVE ME MORE ENTITLEMENTS”

    GO TO ANY LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRY AND SEE WHERE YOU END UP.

    PLEASE PRAY THAT WE GET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO REALIZE THAT THE POLITIANS ARE BUYING OUR VOTES BY GIVING US PROGRAMS WHICH THEY CONTROL AND REMEMBER THIS THEY DO IT WITH ———–OUR MONEY.

    SOON WE WILL BE TOTALY DEPENDENT ON THE GOVERNMENT FOR JOBS AND WELFARE. AND FOR SURE THE DAY WILL SOON COME WHEN THE WORD ‘GOD” WILL BE POLITICALY INCORRECT.

    WHEN THAT DAYS COMES WE ARE DOOMED.

    REMEMBER THE TITANIC. THE OWNERS OF THE TITANIC PUT AN AD IN THE NEW YORK TIMES A FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE SHIP SET SAIL ON HER MAIDEN VOYAGE TO AMERICA.

    THE AD READ ” THIS IS THE SHIP THAT GOD CAN NOT SINK.”

    CHECK IT OUT. I DID NOT JUST MAKE THIS UP. IT REALLY HAPPENED.

    JOHN LENNON STATED ONE TIME THAT THE BEATELS HAVE REPLACED
    JESUS CHRIST.

    CHECK IT OUT . HE REALLY SAID THAT.

    IF THIS COUNTRY CONTINUES TO GO THE WAY OF THE OWNERS OF THE TITANIC AND JOHN LENNON.

    THAN ALL I CAN SAY IS THIS “GET THEE TO A CONVENT FAST WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME.”

    I AM DONE.

    GOD HELP US.

    JOHN W. BUGLER
    BUGLER.ORG

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