https://mises.org/library/veto-texas-seed-billAnd yet I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan as proposed by this bill, to indulge a benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds for that purpose.
I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that, though the people support the government, the government should not support the people.
The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.
Next time you hear somebody spouting off that the goverment needs to give money to someone, just remember that we once had a President who said this and meant it.
With 750 vetoes I imagine this is exactly the kind of President Gary Johnson would have been. He would have vetoed all their crap and their crazy spending bills, cut taxes and spending. Dismantling dozens of useless and unconstitutional bureaucracies. It would have been glorious.
If only I knew how Republicans got so statist and so into welfare and social programs.