• “I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and the 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. 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.” ~President Grover Cleveland, upon vetoing a bill appropriating money to aid drought-stricken farmers in Texas, February 1887
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  • “Above all, I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid.” ~Grover Cleveland, (during 2nd Inaugural, March 4, 1893)
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  • “When more of the people’s sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free government.” ~President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)
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  • “Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.” ~Grover Cleveland
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Regarding Charity . . .

  • “I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. [To approve this measure] would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.” ~strong>President Franklin Piece (1804-1869)
  • “I can find no warrant for such an appropriation [for charity relief] 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.” ~President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)
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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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Insights on Taxes . . .

  • “When more of the people’s sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free government.” ~President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)
  • “Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.” ~President Herbert Hoover (1874-1964)
  • “To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection: it is plunder.” ~British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
  • “The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” ~American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)
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Role of Government Charity

  • “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.” ~President Grover Cleveland vetoing a bill for charity relief (18 Congressional Record 1875 [1877]
  • “I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. [To approve the measure] would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.” ~President Franklin Pierce’s 1854 veto of a measure to help the mentally ill
  • In 1794, when Congress appropriated $15,000 for relief of French refugees who fled from insurrection in San Domingo to Baltimore and Philadelphia, James Madison stood on the floor of the House to object saying, “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, 4 Annals of congress 179 (1794)
  • “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” ~Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Albert Gallatin, 1817