The purpose of government does NOT include support for people. There IS NO legitimate government help except for those near death. Not even Social Security.
Governments are instituted among men to secure Creator-endowed rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
Government did not even pave the roads. The Constitution only allows for maintenance of existing post roads. The first paved road in America was paved by breweries to keep their wagons from sinking in the mud.
Constitutional post offices were only for government-to-government posts. There was no home delivery of mail. Mail was delivered by your neighbors, and you delivered theirs’.
Private funds built jails.
President Grover Cleveland vetoed an appropriation to provide disaster aid to victims of a Texas drought. His veto stated:
“I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds… I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution. The lesson should be constantly enforced that though the people should support the government, the government should not support the people.”
To counter those rumors that the “general welfare” clause in the proposed Constitution would authorize any kind of welfare, James Madison, in Federalist Paper #41, explained its clear intent. He stated that it “is an absurdity” to claim that the General Welfare clause confounds or misleads, because this introductory clause is followed by enumeration of specific particulars that explain and qualify the meaning of phrase “general welfare”.
That’s right! Your Constitution was ratified under the assurance that it would never be interpreted to provide welfare to individuals.
President Franklin Pierce in 1854 vetoed our nation’s first health care bill — a bill to help the mentally ill. His veto said:
“I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity…. [this] would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded.”
For more quotes from various authorities, and for more information on the sad story of how your government was overthrown read my essay Welfare . Government aid to people was only for those who are destitute and near death with no friends, relatives, neighbors, or church willing to help.
Originally answered by Steven Miller · January 7, 2019