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Ken Cuccinelli on Welfare & Poverty


"General welfare" doesn't include welfare to individuals

Big-Government Advocates--or statists--have argued from time to time that the clause in the Constitution that state. "The Congress shall have Power [to] provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the US" (emphasis added) means that the federal government is supposed to constantly improvise and grow to solve virtually any problem society encounters. Believers in an unlimited federal government seek to create an ever-expanding welfare state to redistribute wealth from the haves to the have-nots, and to take care of everyone by creating a cradle-to-grave "nanny state." Many politicians have used this General Welfare Clause as an excuse to grow government, and thus their own power and influence in the process.

Actually, "general welfare" means the general well-being of the country, not welfare to individuals. In both places it's mentioned in the Constitution, it's part of a clause about the government also providing for the common defense of the country.

Source: Last Line of Defense, by Ken Cuccinelli, p. 32-33 , Feb 12, 2013

Charities help with minimal overhead; government can't

I once heard a great illustration of why we shouldn't think of government as a charity: If you won $1 million in the lottery tomorrow and you wanted to use it to help the poor, would you donate it to a charity or give it to the government? Of course, most people would answer that they'd donate it to charity (I include churches under the general term charity in this section)

The next logical question is, Why? The answer is obvious: because you trust that the charity will get that money to people who really need to help and will accomplish that with minimal overhead cost. Most people don't have that same trust in government.

Then why do we constantly turn to government to solve social problems instead of turning to our charities and churches, which we trust a whole lot more to get the job done, and done more efficiently?

Source: Last Line of Defense, by Ken Cuccinelli, p. 55 , Feb 12, 2013

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VA Gubernatorial:
Bob McDonnell
Robert Sarvis
Terry McAuliffe
VA Senatorial:
Mark Warner
Tim Kaine

Newly seated 2013:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Up for election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie
NJ-D: Barbara Buono
VA: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe
Up for re-election 2014:
AK: Sean Parnell
AL: Robert Bentley
AR: Mike Beebe
AZ: Jan Brewer
CA: Jerry Brown
CO: John Hickenlooper
CT: Dan Malloy
FL: Rick Scott
GA: Nathan Deal
HI: Neil Abercrombie
IA: Terry Branstad
ID: Butch Otter
IL: Pat Quinn
KS: Sam Brownback
MA: Deval Patrick
MD: Martin O'Malley
ME: Paul LePage
MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Mark Dayton
NH: Maggie Hassan
NM: Susana Martinez
NV: Brian Sandoval
NY: Andrew Cuomo
OH: John Kasich
OK: Mary Fallin
OR: John Kitzhaber
PA: Tom Corbett
RI: Linc Chafee
SC: Nikki Haley
SD: Dennis Daugaard
TN: Bill Haslam
TX: Rick Perry
VT: Peter Shumlin
WI: Scott Walker
WY: Matt Mead
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