While Justice Roberts contorted himself and the constitution into an interpretive pretzel in order to uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare, while Obama himself claimed victory for the tax that wasn’t a tax before it became a tax, and while GOP establishment types actually defended Roberts with the absurd logic that his decision set a limit on the use of the commerce clause by Congress, another piece of America died.
No man is an island indeed. We are now all tethered to the same slab of cement called big government, teetering on the edge of the cliff , about to plunge into the depths of the ocean of debt Robert’s decision has opened the door for Congress to create.
Not that they haven’t done a fine job of it already, but by invoking the general welfare clause to defend Obamacare, Roberts has opened the floodgates even further.
If the only limits imposed on taxation for the general welfare by Congress are imposed by Congress, it follows that the only limits to spending for the general welfare by Congress will be imposed by Congress as well.
Imagine the wealthiest person you know hands you his ATM card. “Here you go, spend as much as you want on whatever you want” That’s the position Congress now finds itself in.
Actually, that analogy is slightly off. You would have to forcibly take your friend’s ATM card and then use it to buy things for everone else, things that he or she wouldn’t necessarily agree with or want.
Free health care for all, free college education for all, free homes for all. The problem is that nothing is ever really free.
Someone has to pay for it, so Congress simply grabs the ATM card of the evil one-percenters and starts ringing up the charges.
Something about using the excuse of the general welfare to justify some form of income redistribution scheme rings hollow. The general part of it should refer to everyone’s well-being, not just some part of the population’s at the expense of another part.
The main thesis of the poem, one of my favorites by the way, is that we are all in this together. When one man suffers, we all suffer with him. Many people feel this way, and live their lives accordingly. Other people don’t. The main question is whether these people should be coerced into paying for something that they don’t want.
According to Justice Roberts, the constitution says that they can, as long as it’s for the general welfare of the nation. The general welfare as determined by the central government. While parts of the constitution may be open to interpretation, this is an awfully loose one.
Those in this nation that believe that the there is no limit to what the Federal government can do to us have scored a major victory. As for the rest of you, the bell is tolling.