Nothing new. Lincoln showed Americans that the government can do whatever in the hell they want :)
Link doesn't work anymore. However, I've been doing some digging and researching... FDR is maybe the most overrated president in history. He put in numerous unconstitutional laws into place and it seems that is the start of a nanny state of America. From everything I have seen and personally believe, any welfare program/handout is unconstitutional and our founding fathers warned us against programs such as those. The New Deal was argued several times for being unconstitutional. This nanny state is getting so bad that I heard someone a while back send a link to a "basic income". Give very American 10k that makes under 100k and remove all other welfare programs. My response was "it's communist".