The problem with this statement is that the people who really count (politicians, presidents, special interests, business interests, etc.) don't actually believe the system has major problems. Oh, they might say government needs to be smaller or less intrusive, but they don't believe that for a minute when it comes to what they want the government to do. The minute they hit D.C., they love the federal government.
Further reference quotes from the "father of the constitution". If anyone else would care to defend the use of the imaginary "general welfare" provision of the constitution, please, bring it on.
James Madison 1792 - "If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one, subject to particular exceptions." 2 James Madison 1831 - "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 it creators." 3
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