Friday, February 04, 2005

They call it benevolence

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."

-- James Madison (fourth U.S. President, known as "the Father of the Constitution"), 1794.

1 comment:

Clara said...

Forgot to mention: One of my econ professors is a Marxist (self-described... but a very nice chap, actually). He summarized the difference between the GOP and the Democrats as "a belief in very little government versus support for a more benevolent government."

Well, when you put it THAT way.... Who doesn't want to be on the *receiving* end of benevolence?