Is it possible? Could a branch of our government still have the common sense to save us from this humongous over-stepping of governmental authority? As reported in the LA Times today, it appears that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals may just do that. All 3 judges seemed to have real concerns about the government “forcing” citizens to purchase something saying things like, “I can’t find any case telling a private person they are compelled to purchase a product in the open market…” and, “If we uphold this, are there any limits?”
The answer, your Honor, is NO, there would be no limits! If a government can compel citizens to spend private money irregardless of their personal wishes, it can compel anything; it can take anything. This is what reasonable people have been saying since this insane piece of legislation was proposed. Legislation that could only have been passed by the circus that was the 111th Congress; a circus led fittingly by a clown, Nancy Pelosi.
How fortunate that there are three branches of government. The Executive and the Legislative have already proven they have absolutely no idea what they are doing, no scruples with regard to molesting the Constitution, nor what it means that we are a Democratic Republic. Hopefully the Judicial will come to the rescue. In this case, law-making is like baseball; 1 for 3 is not too bad.
Congressman Anthony Weiner of New York was perhaps the most aggressive and vitriolic supporter of Obamacare during the months-long debate on the bill. So, imagine my surprise when he announced that now, as a candidate for Mayor of New York City (Heaven help them!), he believes the city should seek a waiver from the legislation.
Ok, so liberal hypocrisy knows no bounds; that is not exactly news. But to scream and rant on the house floor in defense of the legislation and then 12 months later seek to take America’s largest city off the plan you just crammed down the throats of the American people who were adamantly against it; that’s a new low even for Rep. Weiner.
For those keeping track, there are now more than 1,250 organizations who have received exemptions from some or all of the legislations requirements (a complete list can be found here). Apparently Rep. Weiner has finally caught on to what all these organizations already knew; this one’s so bad, you’ve got to get out of it any way you can.
*A special note for those wondering where I’ve been for these past many months. In my first attempt to blog about these issues, I became too focused on writing style – trying to emmulate op-ed pieces and write lengthy entries. You probably don’t want to read something that long, and writing it became too much of a chore. My goal going forward will be to just speak my mind. Sometimes that will be short and sweet or even just a link and a comment; sometimes it will be more. I look forward to hearing what you think as it develops.