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August 17, 2011

“To provide for the general welfare by establishing a system of Federal old-age benefits, and by enabling the several States to make more adequate provision for aged persons, blind persons, dependent and crippled children, ...

... maternal and child welfare, public health, and the administration of their unemployment compensation laws…

Seventy-six years ago on August 14, 1935, the Social Security Act was created.

Posted by Vanderleun at August 17, 2011 5:18 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Socialism security is generational theft. It ought to be abolished.

James Madison (a primary author of the Constitution) had the following to say about "general welfare."

"With respect to the two words 'general welfare,' I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators."

Nothing there about taxing some people to pay other people not to work. Notwithstanding several Supreme Court decisions, Socialism Security is plainly unconstitutional on its face. There is NO enumerated power that allows the transfer of wealth from workers to retirees.

Posted by: RKV at August 17, 2011 5:32 PM

Well, yes, RKV, but try convincing our oh-so-well-educated products of the public schools, the lumpenproletariat, of that.


Posted by: Hale Adams at August 17, 2011 8:46 PM

SS is not generational theft, it is theft.

It is likely no coincidence that SS, at 76, is nearing the end of life.

Posted by: james wilson at August 17, 2011 9:47 PM

Can we declare this to be a national day of mourning?

Posted by: Fat Man at August 18, 2011 11:09 AM

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