Sunday, November 15, 2009

You Breath Air, Don't You!?
And Congress passed the Clean Air Act, didn't they?

Ahhh... Defeatocrats in the United States Congress. Everything that has, does and will ever happen is due to the largess of those bestowers of graces that reside on Capitol Hill.

Congress Mandating That People Buy Health Insurance Like States Requiring Driver’s Licenses, Warner Says
(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told CNSNews.com that the constitutional authority for Congress to require individuals to purchase health insurance is the same that allowed for Medicaid and Medicare, and for states to require driver’s licenses. He also said critics who suggest the health care bill is unconstitutional are making a “spurious argument.”
Sen. Reed: Forcing People to Buy Health Insurance is Constitutionally Justified Because It’s Like Making People ‘Sign Up for the Draft’

(CNSNews.com) – When asked where specifically the Constitution authorized Congress to mandate that individuals buy health insurance, Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.) said that he “would have to check the specific sections” but said that it was like making people “sign up for the draft.”

“Specifically where in the Constitution does Congress get its authority to mandate that individuals purchase health insurance?” CNSNews.com asked Reed.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Unable to Say Where Constitution Authorizes Congress to Order Americans to Buy Health Insurance

When CNSNews.com again attempted to ask which provision of the Constitution gives Congress the authority to force Americans to purchase health insurance, Leahy compared the mandate to the government’s ability to set speed limits on interstate highways--before turning and walking away.

CNSNews.com: "But where, I mean, which–"

Sen. Leahy: "Where do we have the authority to set speed limits on an interstate highway?
CNSNews.com: "The states do that."

Sen. Leahy: "No. The federal government does that on federal highways."

9 Comments:

Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Idiot! The Federal Gov't says that if, for example, the state speed limit is not 55 mph as a maximum, then the state loses Federal funds to help support the interstate highway system. It's the coercion of the purse, not the law! What an idot. Geez.

I don't buy everything the libertarians believe in ("libertarianism" is a very broad political ideology), but more and more I am tending to identify with them. I would like the Fed Gov't to get off my @$$, otherwise I will have to get some handles mounted on my posterior.

12:05 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

Getting rid of these circle jerk politians is Constitutional because "yes we can".

4:18 PM  
Blogger Old Bob said...

Adeodatus has it right in essence: it's the coercion of the purse. "No do things fed way, no money." The feds imposed and later took away the 55 mph limit during my "career" at MnDOT, 1974-2001. We at the state played the same game with counties and cities, except that in Minnesota there is the Local Consent Law, which provides that if a city (or county too I think) doesn't support what the state is doing within their jurisdiction, the state can't do it, even if it's all state money and state land. So the locals have a weapon to fight the state with but the state has no such weapon to fight the feds with.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

There's a two-word imperative expression which applies to Leahy.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Al said...

"coercion of the purse"

Let's call it what it really is, blackmail.

As for the driver's license bit, driving a car is not a constitutional right, it is a priveledge.

These idiots need a remedial class in US Constitution 101. After that pull their heads out of certain lower part of their anatomy.

11:30 PM  
Blogger byronfrombyron said...

Adeotus, you may not agree with everything libertarians believe, but then, you get 2 libertarians together and there's a debate of some sort going on.

3:26 AM  
Blogger JLS said...

Hold on a minute here ... auto insurance? I'd buy that line ... only at similar rates.

Yet, I cannot keep from trying to get some bites on the fact I keep posting here and there that the problem is the lack of enough doctors and not anything else.

Make more doctors and the govt will go away.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Learning Linux said...

Yes, you have to have auto insurance to exercise your driving privileges. So now we have to buy insurance for the privilege of LIVING??

5:23 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

It's like the Right to Life versus the Privilege to live. It's just the same as prolife vs proabortion.

8:28 PM  

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