And just what would the Founders say about this? $17 million to preserve the Billy Carter gas station?
Wonders never cease! From the Los Angeles Times, "Billy Carter's Old Gas Station: A National Monument?":
Should the American taxpayer foot the bill to enshrine the gas station run by the late Billy Carter -- the beer-swilling, wisecracking, self-professed redneck brother of our 39th president?
I think I can hear Madison rolling in his grave. Yes, I know, Liberals will play the Gerneral WElfare card here. But, Madison, had a word or two about that clause.
With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.
Lord, how we need a Madison right now.