Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

January 21, 2014

‘Promote the general Welfare’ doesn’t mean what he says

R. Steele Selby stated that “Promote the general Welfare” means “all Americans have a right to expect their basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, safety, education, health care to be provided by our large family known as the United States Government.” (We’ve stopped promoting the general welfare,” Jan. 14 Times-News)

This statement is not true. When Thomas Jefferson, author of the constitution,was asked what “Promote the general Welfare” meant, he stated it pertains to all the items contained in the constitution.

Since the items listed — food, clothing, etc. — are not in the Constitution they are not required to be provided by the U.S. government.

Since these items are not contained in the Constitution they fall under Article X which states “The powers not delegated to the United States, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

Therefore the items listed are the responsibility of the people.

The Constitution gives people the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s the people’s pursuit of happiness that provide for food. clothing, shelter. education, and health care.

Jack Atkinson

Swanton

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