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Reader Opinion: “Protect” the Needy, NOT “Subsidize” the Needy!

Politicians often quote from the Constitution “ to provide for the … general Welfare” as justification for welfare spending. However, that clause gives the reason for collecting taxes – to protect the well being (Welfare) of everyone in the populace (general) – to protect not subsidize. The Constitution enumerates the exact ways that tax money may be spent and it does not include welfare checks. Furthermore, the Tenth Amendment states that if it isn’t listed, the government can’t do it.

But, shouldn’t the needy get help? Of course they should. The question is how is the best way to help them.

Buying at wholesale prices is more economical than in the high rent district because there are not nearly so many overhead costs passed on to the buyer.

The same principle applies to distributing tax money. At the federal level there are many layers of overhead, at the state level there are fewer and at the county or city level even fewer yet. The savings is obvious. And then there is the option for private donations. When one gives a dollar to a needy person, they get one whole dollar.

The closer to the recipient, the better able one is to discern if that person is truly needy. When it is someone you know, you can be much more perceptive as to their actual need. Sometimes giving a handout simply enables the recipient to live off of others when they could provide for themselves. The best way to truly help them is not be an enabler of dependency on others.

It is time we demand that our legislators understand the restrictions placed on them by the Constitution. They do take a sworn oath to uphold it and are obligated to abide by its rules. Let’s hold them accountable.

Sue Long
North, VA

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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