On Saturday, May 5, 2012, the Foundation for Economic Education hosted Evening at FEE event with Professor Jack Chambless of Valencia College.
“The Curse of Alexander Hamilton” examines the historical evolution of the General Welfare Clause of the U.S. Constitution from the Constitutional Convention to the 1936 Supreme Court decision that fundamentally changed the role of government in the lives of the citizenry. Hamilton’s view of the definition of the ‘general welfare’ along with competing views by other Founders and statesmen that followed will be examined in order to provide a historical picture of the intense debate that has been with us since the founding of the nation and still shapes economic policy today.
Jack A. Chambless is a professor of economics at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida where he served as the Patricia Whalen Chair in Social Science in 1999 and 2004. In addition to teaching Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics he has also taught honors courses in economics and special topics courses entitled “Biological Economics” and “Oil, Economics and Terrorism.”