PHILOSOPHIES ON FREEBIES BY THE AMERICAN FOUNDING FATHERS
- "The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like state governments; whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."
James Madison (American founding Father)
- "They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare.... [G]iving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please."
Thomas Jefferson (American founding Father)
- "I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth, I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer."
Benjamin Franklin (American founding Father)
By a Greek Philosopher
The parable of Socrates also emphasized that country be not run by mere politicians who try to gain power by giving people what they want (reliefs, freebies and dole-outs), rather by those who know what is good for them (development and progress) (see p.172 'India in Shambles').
- 'K.C. Agrawal is an Engineer by Profession but a lawyer by choice. He told us about what the country has lost and what can be redeemed out of it' -Mr Justice T.S. Thakur, Former Chief Justice of India (during a seminar at India Law Institute, New Delhi, Sept. 2014)
- 'K.C. Agrawal is an Architect'- Hon'ble Mr Ram Jethmalani, Jurist (during a seminar at Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, Oct. 2014)
-"India in Shambles" is the impassioned out-pouring of an anguished heart of a true patriot, sensitive to the present dismal conditions of Governance.
ustice M.N. Venkatachaliah
Former Chief Justice of India
Chairperson of National Commission
-It is an informative account spruced with the author's intent to see our country rise into the realm of prosperity for itself and its people.
I wish the author success for this work and in all his future endeavours.
Justice K.G. Balakrishnan
Former Chief Justice of India
-As a matter of fact while it provides much required guidance to our experts in various vital spheres of our life and to our policy makers and its implementers at different levels of our governance, it also gives much required education and guidance to the common citizens. Therefore, the book must be circulated and read widely. I wish it could also be made available in Hindi and other major regional languages to be accessible to every citizen of the country.
Prof. Dr Mahendra Pal Singh
Chancellor, Central University of Haryana
11 November 2016
- 'K.C. Agrawal is an amazing teacher who just taught in one class, what law books might take ages to teach and still
might not be as successful. . .
' Ms Rashmi Verma, an entrepreneur
(during a seminar at Faridabad)
-My endeavour through this book is to reach out the truth of pathetically debilitated state of the nation to the people of the land and our concerned learned Judiciary, to establish responsible and accountable system of governances at the Union and States to first accomplishing 'liberty and dignity' for our perennially famished and suffering masses and then transforming the nation to unbounded progress and prosperity. Part 3 of the book provides necessary guidelines and road- maps to accomplishing the same.