Recently, a supporter reminded me of a certain story about Davy Crockett and the subject of welfare. Long ago, Mr Crockett made a vote for an appropriation bill for charity. A vote he later reconsidered after a particular discussion with Horatio Bunce, not only of the Constitutionality of such a bill, but of the principle and ethics it goes against.
Today, our representatives make the same initial mistake in thinking, thereby proving Horatio Bunce’s point.- “…when Congress once begins to stretch its power beyond the limits of the Constitution, there is no limit to it, and no security for the people.”
It is an engaging story I encourage you to read. I could not have made these arguments any better myself.
CROCKETT was then the lion of Washington. I was a great admirer of his character, and, having several friends who were intimate with him, I found no difficulty in making his acquaintance. I was fascinated with him, and he seemed to take a fancy to me.
I was one day in the lobby of the House of Representatives when a bill was taken up appropriating money for the benefit of a widow of a distinguished naval officer. Several beautiful speeches had been made in its support—rather, as I thought, because it afforded the speakers a fine opportunity for display than from the necessity of convincing anybody, for it seemed to me that everybody favored it. The Speaker was just about to put the question when Crockett arose. Everybody expected, of course, that he was going to make one of his characteristic speeches …more