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Adam Smith, Franklin Pierce, Grover Cleveland


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"Every man is, no doubt, by nature,

first and principally recommended to his own care;

and as he is fitter to take care of himself

than of any other person, it is fit and right that it should be so."

-- Adam Smith

(1723-1790) Scottish philosopher and economist




"I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity, ...

[it] 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."

-- Franklin Pierce

(1804-1869) U.S. President

Source: 1854, he vetoed a bill to help the mentally ill




"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.

-- Grover Cleveland

(1837-1908) 22nd & 24th US President

Source: In 1887 when vetoing an appropriation to help drought-stricken counties in Texas

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