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I am always amazed at the different interpretations of the general welfare clause in the Constitution. The general welfare clause was put to the test with FDR's New Deal. FDR famously said. "We refuse to leave the problems of our common welfare to be solved by chance, and the hurricanes of disaster." Roosevelt used the fireside chats to enlist the help of the American people, when the Supreme Court sought to rule FDR's proposals unconstitutional. In the end the Supreme Court did rule Social Security compensation and the unemployment Act constitutional.

I always say, my friends on the right want government, to be no more than the broom closet in the West Wing. The president should just come out in time of war.

Of course self-reliance is best, but what is plan B? Does a prosperous nation ignore the less-fortunate? I've always believed that the chain is only as strong as its weakest link.The argument of which way is best will always be with us.

I thought, we needed to have the government pass civil rights legislation. The state's corporations and schools were not going to integrate on their own. We also needed affirmative action to level the playing field. We need an end date for affirmative action. I think, extending affirmative action only leads to resentment, because of reverse discrimination.

I hope the Republican Party gets their act together, because I firmly believe in checks and balances. We need good fiscal conservatives to watch over my Democrats. Divided government works.

I believe the government should invest in its people and provide tax cuts for education.The return on that investment would be tremendous

The Democrats want Universal Health Care, but those on the right say it is socialism. Many of those will be collecting Social Security and Medicare. So that won't hold water nor can we just dismantle the IRS.

I don't expect to change minds,but I wanted to let other posters know where I stand.