The care of the indigent poor and the aged, of the sick and maimed, except those injured in wars, of the unemployed, was left to the States.
Where the franchise is universal, the opportunity for its corruption must be limited to the smallest possible political unit, if free government is to live.
A weak fancy may picture how those shrewd, experienced, politically minded patriots of the Constitutional Convention would have viewed a proposal that the Federal Government should take over the sheltering, feeding, and clothing of great groups of its voting citizenry, without cost to those getting the help. The occasional old Roman Triumph with its feasts and gifts, with its military reviews and gladiatorial games, was, compared with this, a puny weapon for civic debauchery and yet those Triumphs helped to pull down Rome in ruin.
Source: J. Reuben Clark Jr., February 22, 1935. J. Reuben Clark Jr. (1871–1961), served as a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1931–1961. Prior to his full-time church service he was assistant solicitor to the State Department, worked in the Attorney General’s office, Under Secretary of State, the author of the classic study, the “Clark Memorandum on the Monroe Doctrine” and U.S. ambassador to Mexico. Among those who knew his work best, J. Reuben Clark was recognized as the foremost constitutional scholar of the 20th Century.