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“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States.”
— Article I, Section 8, Clause 1
So what exactly is meant by the "general welfare" of the United States? At one extreme, does the US government have a responsibility to ensure that there are no poor by redistributing wealth on a regular basis through taxation? Or is it more about providing equal opportunity through public education, subsidized healthcare, and no employment discrimination...all things liberals strive for. However, even with the latter, there will always be poor people.
I maintain that even if we redistributed wealth once in a big way, it wouldn't take long before the resourceful entrepreneurs got rich again while others became poor again. We are not all created equal nor should we pretend that is the case. All we can really ask for is equal opportunity. That is what we strive for. With equal opportunity, many more will succeed...and many still won't. Often it's the result of the life choices that they made along the way.
Then what more do we owe to the welfare of those who do not succeed and by definition are poor?