******* [Background information skip it if you know U.S. history} ******** We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America The general welfare has an important place in the American system from the very first. The Constitution returns to the idea in Section VIII: 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; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States. The idea of the general welfare first brought into conflict strict versus loose interpretations of the Constitution itself when Hamilton asked Congress to charter a national financial institution, the Bank of the United States. Thomas Jefferson founded the strict school of interpretation when he argued to President Washington that the incorporation of a Bank was not delegated to the United States by the Constitution. Hamilton argued for a loose interpretation, noting that Article I, Section VIII, empowered Congress to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper to carry out the Constitution. According to Hamilton, if the end be clearly comprehended within any of the specified powers, and if the measure is not forbidden by any particular provision of the Constitution, it may safely be deemed to come within the compass of national authority. Washington agreed with Hamilton and signed the legislation creating the bank. ********** [End of background information} *************** What does the general welfare mean and what laws appropriate for its promotion?