I am learning a great deal from this book. I am astounded by how far our government has truly strayed from what was written in the original document.
So far, the biggest reveals are that the founders never wanted to print paper money, stating they were afraid it would cause excessive debt. And the fact that the government was never supposed to be involved in “The opening of rivers and canals; making or regulation of roads, except post roads; building bridges, erecting ferries; establishment of state seminaries of learning; libraries; literary, religious, trading or manufacturing societies; erecting or regulating the police of cities, towns or boroughs creating new state offices building lighthouses public wars county jails markets or other public buildings…” (Tench Coxe, 1788).
“Roads in small town USA are often improved with dollars from the general government, and Congress has created dozens of government corporations since the early days of the progressive era in the 1900s. According to the constitution as ratified, all of this is unconstitutional.” (p62)
The part that explains the meaning of the “General Welfare Clause” is quite remarkable: “Defense, stability, and Liberty; that is what the founding generation considered the "general welfare…” (p49);
“All other matters, civil and criminal, would be much better in the hands of the states.” (Roger Sherman, 1787)