Historical Insights

  • “I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity…. [It] would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.” ~President Franklin Pierce (1804-1869)
  • “I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds…. I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution.” ~President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)
  • “[Monday was] Labor Day, I suppose set by [an] Act of Congress. Everything we do nowadays is either by, or against, Acts of Congress. How Congress knew anything about Labor is beyond us.” ~American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)
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