General Welfare Clause

   The General Welfare Clause which originated in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution was originally intended to ensure that monies spent by Congress would not go to special interests.  In other words, monies could only be spent under Article I, Section 8 if they were intended to benefit all citizens, not just special interest groups.

   As stated above the Federal government’s spending will be limited because taxes cannot exceed 10% of GDP and government debt cannot exceed 10% of GDP.  Therefore, Congress will not be able to spend more than it takes in.  However, as with the original Constitution, limits need to be established on what the government can spend money on.

Allowed:

National defense (including border security)

President, Congress and Federal courts

Welfare, but limited to 5% of tax revenues

Environmental protection of air and water

Tax collection

 

Disallowed:

Road construction (responsibility returned to the states)

Post offices

Research

Bail outs

Subsidies to businesses or individuals

Wars outside the country unless war is declared by Congress

 

I am sure that these categories will need to be expanded.  Please submit your suggestions!