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Efficient, low-price commerce depends on the ability of consumers and businesses to interact freely, competition and the resulting price information. Only a free market of consumers and service providers can create this.
Or is that “right” actually slavery?
The infallibly insightful, historically accurate and painfully honest Tom Woods strikes again.
Mr. Woods cites this video from Sen. Ran Paul explaining how assuming this right indirectly enslaves the providers of the healthcare:
In the glorious Floridian winter air on Monday, January 31st 2011, governors and attorney generals from 26 different states reported to the U.S. District Court in Pensacola, Florida to see Judge Roger Vinson issue “the biggest challenge to Obama’s healthcare plan to date.”
If you want universal healthcare, I won’t fight you about it, just ask yourself this one question: How can a group of politicians and bureaucrats force you to buy a good or service?
“The power that the individual mandate seeks to harness is simply without prior precedent,” Vinson wrote in an earlier opinion in October.
What if someone is vehemently pro-Life? They are now forced to support what they–and I–believe to be murder.
A quick note on abortion: if you were really pro-choice, you could choose to stop being pregnant and it would be so…
Sorry that it’s inconvenient–I just don’t see how if you kill a child after he or she is born, or a pregnant woman is shot and the baby is killed the shooter is a criminal for the baby’s death but a mother can choose to pay a doctor to do it.
In the attached interview with Lawrence “Larry” Reed we seek to inspire and empower while proving the validity and value of individual rights, personal responsibility and liberty-promoting solutions.
Mr. Reed draws upon his wealth of real-world knowledge with specific and humorous examples that prove it’s never too late for a nation and a people to turn from tyranny and government dependence to peace, prosperity and self-reliant success.
As a freelance journalist for over 20 years, his insights and theories have been forged in the brutal testing ground of the real world not just in college lectures halls–although he does have degrees in economics, history and public administration. In addition to his leadership with FEE, Mr. Reed also serves as President Emeritus of The Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
From living with guerilla fighters during the height of Mozambique’s civil war to being arrested in communist Poland while traveling with illegal resistance groups his knowledge is matched by his courage, character and commitment to liberty.
I hope you enjoy watching the video as much as I did while making it.
Speaking today on CBS’ “Washington Unplugged” with Bob Schieffer, here’s how Cuccinelli put it:
“Never before in our history has the federal government ordered Americans to buy a product under the guise of regulating commerce. Imagine if this bill were that in order to protect our communities and homeland security, every American had to buy a gun. Can you imagine the reaction across the country to that?”
The trouble with this lovely, enlightened and caring ideal is two-fold:
1) someone has to pay for all of these things and there simply isn’t a way to tax people any more without totally crippling the system and eliminating hordes of people from an already dwindling tax base as they will have defaulted on their existing obligations, hit hard walls of economic turmoil and fallen to the difficult times they are facing in the economy.
2) The government of The Unites States–and The US economy–became the most successfully designed government and economy in world history because it was intended to restrain government and liberate people. How exactly is a government restrained and a people liberated by this government demanding that people pay into an insurance system under threat of financial punishment?!
The debate of whether or not The Government is allowed to force We The People into buying a good or service supersedes any concerns related to the cost or benefit of the current problems created by our current system of insurance, healthcare and government.
What happens when the government decides that they can now change your diet, change your exercise plan, or change your haircut?!
The latter is an extreme example, but the precedent set by Virginia is an absolutely beautiful event in American history.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of The United States of America, AND TO THE REPUBLIC, for which it stands.
Google: The Tenth Amendment
a great resource for how and why Our Founding Fathers intended for this country to be a nation of powerful states coagulated into a Nation–NOT an all powerful federal government that rules with impunity over The States. The Tenth Amendment Center
U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson in Richmond, Virginia, said yesterday that the mandate on individuals in President Barack Obama’s health-care legislation goes beyond Congress’s powers to regulate interstate commerce. Hudson severed the issue of the mandate, which is set to become effective in 2014, and didn’t address other provisions such as expanding Medicaid.
“At its core, this dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance — or crafting a scheme of universal health insurance coverage — it’s about an individual’s right to choose to participate,” wrote Hudson, who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2002.
The ruling is the government’s first loss in a series of challenges to the law mounted in federal courts in Virginia, Michigan and Florida, where 20 states have joined an effort to have the statute thrown out. Constitutional scholars said unless Congress changes the law, its fate on appeal will probably be determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who brought the suit, said his office has spoken with lawyers from the Justice Department about asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case without a review by the federal appeals court in Richmond. Tracy Schmaler,a Justice Department spokeswoman, said she had no comment on Cuccinelli’s statement.