Our guest poster returns.
Largely overlooked yesterday in the wake of the president’s latest salvo in the Global War on the MIddle Class was the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision upholding Obamacare’s individual mandate.
That this abhorrent piece of legislation is neither fully understood by anyone, nor welcomed by those with a functioning brain is distressing enough; yesterday’s majority opinion should scare the daylights out of those of us who not only understand the Constitution better than Richard Stengel, but what the Obama administration will now feel empowered to do with it’s newfound green light to regulate just about every damned choice Americans make.
Overstatement, you say? Consider this snippet, excerpted ad Hot Air:
Congress had a rational basis for concluding that, in the aggregate, the practice of self-insuring for the cost of health care substantially affects interstate commerce. Furthermore, Congress had a rational basis for concluding that the minimum coverage provision is essential to the Affordable Care Act’s larger reforms to the national markets in health care delivery and health insurance. Finally, the provision regulates active participation in the health care market, and in any case, the Constitution imposes no categorical bar on regulating inactivity. Thus, the minimum coverage provision is a valid exercise of Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause, and the decision of the district court is AFFIRMED.
Wait a second. “ [T]he Constitution imposes no categorical bar on regulating inactivity?” Oh. My. God. Unbeknownst to me, the Commerce Clause apparently renders every other word in the Constitution irrelevant, and is the only real clause that has ever mattered. After all, it is contended, the federal government may do anything so long as, in the aggregate, it “affects interstate commerce,” which, as is often pointed out, applies to everything.
Ace sums it up nicely:
“Having sex with your wife? This affects interstate commerce, as you might wind up creating the ultimate economic effect — a child; a future one-man army of economic activity, labor, investment, and consumption — and even if you don’t, your choice to have sex is a choice not to sample the fruits of interstate commerce, which is affected, then, by your choice to not enter the stream of paid entertainments.
“Can we mandate that people have more children? Seems to me we could fix some of the demographic problems with SS and MediCare if only people had more children.”
Obama has a very troubling history of basically doing whatever the hell it is he wants, which is precisely what the left wrongly wet their pants over under George W. Bush. Unfortunately for us, Mr. Obama seems to have taken the Democrat Party’s “by any means necessary” credo and is now running with it.
Now that the 6th Circuit has taken the handcuffs off (and pretty much given him a no-limit American Express Centurion card and keys to a Ferrari), one must hope that those of us who are ultimately responsible for paying the bill are still able to do so once he is finally called to account for his petulant impudence.