When I get time, I’m going to tell y’all a story. First thing, though, is I’m curious about the recent vote in Lafayette to socialize the high speed internet there. The effort was spearheaded by Republican (?) mayor Corey Durel. “We’re going to get rid of the digital divide,” he said (how Clintonian!). I heard this on the public radio news here in Columbus, so apparently it is a big deal. One old boy said, “I don’t even have a computer. Why should I pay money to pay welfare for something somebody don’t need.” I’m paraphrasing, but you get the picture.

Posted at 12:23 am by Johnny B

Posted by BP @ 08/02/2005 09:45 PM PDT
It goes to the old “what is ‘general welfare'” question. Here’s a good quote from James Madison:

“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.”

Is internet included in the concept of general welfare?

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