The Importance Of Government In The Government

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Thomas Jefferson once declared, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” America fought the Revolutionary War to eradicate their country from the tyrannical rule of King George III. When they succeeded, the Founding Fathers tried to insure that America would never have a government that overruled the voice of the people. They spread government among three different branches, delegated power to the states, and ensured Americans with inalienable rights in order to limit governmental power. However, people today provide the government with prime opportunities to grab more power because they want the government to fix all their problems. Because of this, the government of the United States …show more content…
The U. S. Constitution states in Article I, section 8: “The people of the states empower the Congress to expend money provided it is done in a way that benefits the general welfare of the whole people.” Thomas Jefferson explained that this clause was not a grant of power to “spend” for the general welfare of the people, but was intended to “limit the power of taxation” to matters which provided for the welfare of “the Union ” or the welfare of the whole nation. However, in the 1936 Butler case, “general welfare” was twisted to allow “special welfare”, and the federal budget jumped from six billion to six hundred billion in one generation. (“Social …show more content…
Second Thessalonians 3:10 states, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat." The Bible clearly advocates if people do not work, it is not the government’s job to compensate for them. Jefferson and Madison wanted to make sure the government never rewarded someone for not working, as “charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.” They would help in cases of emergency, but it would not become habitual. They knew it was the role of the government to provide people with opportunities to work, but it was not their job to tax people in order to supply the needy with all their income (“Social

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