Posted by: rotenochsen | November 12, 2009


Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” —Ronald Reagan

For all of those of US that do not think Obama is the “second coming”, we realize he believes the Constitution on which our freedoms and federal government are based, is flawed. Now it appears to me that the Democrats and RHINOS in Congress also believe that the Constitution can be either ignored or manipulated to serve their purposes.
The recent question of whether the Health Care Bill 3200 is even Constitutionally sound was brought up because the Federal government has never mandated that a citizen buy anything, and now the bill passed requires that all citizens buy health insurance approved by the Health Czar or face a fine and possible jail sentence!

When the Senator from Rhode Island ( Reed) was asked by CNSNews where in the Constitution does it give the authority of Congress to demand that a citizen buy health Insurance? He answered with a lame reference to the drafting of people for military service during the time of war.
First reflection on his statement shows the ridiculous concept of comparing the draft to buying health insurance. They only drafted MEN!

The following is a copy of the interview verbatim of Senator Reed by CNSNews

CNSNews asked Senator Reed, where in the Constitution can he find authority or Congress to force all citizens to buy health insurance?
Sen. Jack Reed (D.-R.I.): “Let me see. I would have to check the specific sections, so I’ll have to get back to you on the specific section. But it is not unusual that the Congress has required individuals to do things, like sign up for the draft and do many other things too, which I don’t think are explicitly contained [in the Constitution]. It gives Congress a right to raise an army, but it doesn’t say you can take people and draft them. But since that was something necessary for the functioning of the government over the past several years, the practice on the books, it’s been recognized, the authority to do that.”

And to add insult to injury lets look at how Senator Nelson answered the same question.
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told that because he is not a constitutional scholar he was “not going to be able to answer that question” of where specifically the Constitution authorizes Congress to mandate that individuals purchase health insurance.

“Specifically, where in the Constitution does Congress get its authority to mandate that individuals purchase health insurance?” asked Nelson.
“Well, you know, I don’t know that I’m a constitutional scholar,” said Nelson. So, I, I’m not going to be able to answer that question.” And yet this princely millionaire from Nebraska is going to vote for a Bill that may( many believe it does) violate the Constitution! He might as well have said; what Constitution, who cares?

In an analysis published this July, the CBO said that an attempt to justify a mandate that people buy health insurance by using the Commerce Clause—which gives Congress the power to regulate commerce “among the several states”—raises a “novel issue.”

“Whether such a requirement would be constitutional under the Commerce Clause is perhaps the most challenging question posed by such a proposal, as it is a novel issue whether Congress may use this clause to require an individual to purchase a good or a service,” said the CBO.

In a recent interview with, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah), a longtime member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that it was “not constitutionally sound” for Congress to mandate that individuals buy health insurance.

“But here would be the first time where our [federal] government would demand that people buy something that they may or may not want,” said Hatch. “And, you know, if that’s the case, then we didn’t need a ‘Cash for Clunkers,’ all we had to do is have the federal government say you all got to buy new cars, no matter how tough it is on you. You know, they could require you to buy anything. And that isn’t America. That’s not freedom. That’s not constitutionally sound.”


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