lack of evolutionary pressures (was Re: An end to "court (fwd)

Firebeard stend+cypherpunks at
Sat Aug 23 10:33:12 PDT 1997


>>>>> Jim Choate writes:

JC> Forwarded message:
>> From: Lucky Green <shamrock at> Subject: Re: lack of
>> evolutionary pressures (was Re: An end to "court (fwd)

>> >You need to read the Constitution again, you missed something
>> critical in >there.
>> Nope, I didn't. Nowhere is the Constitution does it say that
>> citizens have a right to welfare money. The State is free to make
>> virtually anything not expressly prohibited by the Constitution a
>> condition for providing welfare.

JC> Yes, Lucky you did.

JC> Go read the 10th. The state is NOT (I say again, NOT) allowed to
JC> do anything not expressly allowed because the Constitution is a
JC> clear refutation of this sort of thinking.

	No, the federal government is barred.  The state governments
are free to do so (constrained by their own constitutions).  For that
matter, the federal government shouldn't be involved in the business
of affecting the specific welfare of individuals, so it should be a
moot issue.  But they cover everything by the commerce clause ("A bird
landing on your roof will travel between states during migration, so
we can regulate the construction of your house."), so they do it

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