A quote from a former presidentSubmitted by chris41336 Ω™ on Sat, 09/17/2011 - 14:17
I stumbled upon this quote today by President Grover Cleveland today, and this quote, as well as the context in which it was given (his speech as to why he vetoed $10,000 from congress to give to ailing farmers in the midwest), is alarmingly similar to our arguments:
I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people. The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.
Mind blowing how history repeats itself. Just goes to show that Ron's ideas are not new and not foreign. Our country is just showing symptoms of exactly the kind of government Cleveland (and other Presidents) fought hard to keep away.