Robert Bentley on Welfare & Poverty
We are poorest state, but government just causes dependency
The poorest county in the USA is located just 73 miles from where we sit tonight. 11,000 of our fellow Alabamians live in Wilcox County where the unemployment rate is chronically in double digits. Everyone in this room knows Alabama is one of the poorest
states in America, where 1 in 4 children live in poverty. Nearly 1 million of our fellow Alabamians are dependent on food stamps.
The statistics are sobering. The facts are indisputable. Never-ending cycles of a need for jobs, better job skills and
better education, plague our communities. We resolve to reverse the trends that have troubled our state for decades.
We will never see an end to the plague of poverty by offering a deeper dependence on a flawed government system. We will never help our
poorest citizens, or our future generations, by casting over them the net of federal government giveaway programs. We can break the cycle of poverty, but not with programs that drag our communities and our people into the downward spiral of dependence.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Alabama legislature
, Jan 14, 2014
Strict limits on federal "General Welfare" clause.
Bentley signed the Tenth Amendment Pledge:
10-4 pledge: 10 affirmations; 10 promises; 2010 elections; the 10th amendment pledge
As a public office holder, or a candidate for public office, I affirm that:
Source: The Tenth Amendment Pledge 10-10th-WP on Jul 4, 2010
- A government without limits is a tyranny.
- The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people to the federal government in the Constitution, and also that which is necessary and proper to advancing those powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution of the United States. The rest is to be handled by the state governments, or by the people themselves, as they determine.
- In order for a federally-exercised power to be "necessary and proper" it must be a) something that, without which, would make the enumerated power impossible to exercise, and b) a lesser power than that which has been enumerated
The "Interstate Commerce Clause" in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, does not permit Congress to regulate matters that merely affect commerce among the States. It only permits Congress to regulate trade among the States.
- The phrase, "general Welfare," in Article I, Section 8 does not authorize Congress to enact any laws it claims are in the "general Welfare" of the United States. The phrase sets forth the requirement that all laws passed by Congress in Pursuance of the enumerated powers of the Constitution shall also be in the general Welfare of the United States.
- The federal government is not authorized to tax the People to raise monies for unconstitutional purposes. Likewise, the federal government is not authorized to condition funding to State or local governments on compliance with mandates which require them to do what the federal government is not authorized to do directly.
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