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History Suggests That Entitlement Era Is Winding Down

Seawolf Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 8:05 AM
History should be a required subject for all politicians, especiall people like obama and his ilk. If they were required to actually live by the constitution and read history they would know and understan this from the man generally credited with being the father of the constitution. “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” I would love to drop that into the lap of some congressman at a town hall and watch him/her squirm. Get back to that and you can cut this budget in half at is OUR money, send that to your reps and demand they listen.
Sean245 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 9:18 AM
They wouldn’t care and would dismiss you and move on to the next “What are you doing for my victim group?” question. There is no constitution save a meaningless piece of parchment at the National Archives. The welfare state, executive orders, baseline budgeting, Obama Care, unelected directors of agencies making laws, federal supremacy over the states, and quantitative easing (to name a few) are unconstitutional or extra-constitutional but they go on and thrive unabated. Nancy Pelosi summed it up for all our representatives when she said of our constitution, “Are you serious?”
It's often good fun and sometimes revealing to divide American history into distinct periods of uniform length. In working on my forthcoming book on American migrations, internal and immigrant, it occurred to me that you could do this using the American-sounding interval of 76 years, just a few years more than the Biblical lifespan of three score and 10.

It was 76 years from Washington's First Inaugural in 1789 to Lincoln's Second Inaugural in 1865. It was 76 years from the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865 to the attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Going backward, it was 76 years...