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Annoy a politician defend the constitution
Annoy a politician defend the constitution

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In June of 1886, Grover Cleveland married his young bride Frances Folsom in the Blue Room, in the White House. It’s an unusual president that marries while in office, and an even more so unusual president that wields the veto as often and enthusiastically as this man did. President Grover Cleveland strongly believed in small, limited government, and never hesitated to strike down a congressional act that he felt overstepped the bounds of constitutionalism. (Incidentally, he was a Democrat.) In 1887, Cleveland issued his most well-known veto, that of the Texas Seed Bill. After a drought had ruined crops in several Texas counties, Congress appropriated $10,000 to purchase seed grain for farmers there. Cleveland vetoed the expenditure.

His remarks: "I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution... A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadily 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... 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." Comments like these must have surely annoyed the congressmen behind the act, but we applaud him.