Here at From The Maas, we love to chronicle the exploits of the Olympian Geniuses who populate the marbled halls of the United States Congress. Like all Americans, we stand in awe of the massed intellectual firepower of our legislative world-beaters as they demonstrate daily their administrative prowess and nearly all-consuming attention to detail, all for the purpose of improving the lives of the common American citizen.
Turns out that fantastically long, mind-bogglingly complex bills which no one has actually read may create unintended consequences. Remember how they forgot to require insurers to cover kids with preexisting conditions? Oh, and they forgot initially to let young adults be covered by their parents’ insurance until Reid fixed it in reconciliation. Now this. Who knew that when Pelosi said they’d have to pass the bill so that people could find out what’s in it, “people” meant Congress?
[starts slow clap]
Congratulations, Congress. You’ve outdone yourselves. Why don’t you just take the rest of the year off? Really, you could use a break. And frankly, so could we.
President Obama was asked a question in a recent town hall meeting on tax increases in Obamacare. He took 17 minutes to finish his response. Charles Krauthammer manages to dismantle it in about 6 sentences:
I don’t know why you’re so surprised. It’s only nine times the length of the Gettysburg Address, and Lincoln was answering an easier question: the higher purpose of the Union and [of the death of] soldiers who fell in battle.
The president had an easy answer. He could have said: I wanted to make history with health care and to do it, I have to raise your taxes. Sure, it’s not a good time economically in the middle of a recession, but politically, I had to, because I have a majority in Congress and I’m going to lose it in November. End of answer.
Considering that under Obamacare, Congress has asserted that the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution should be interpreted so broadly as to allow Congress the power to require you to engage in commerce, the question arises: What isn’t “interstate commerce”? Is there any area of your life that Congress can’t regulate?
So under present Court precedent and legal doctrine, the Constitution consists of five words: Congress shall have the power. That’s it. That’s all there is. It is difficult to imagine anything further from the intent of the Framers.
It amazes me that we have reached such a low point in American history. How could we have ceded so much of our liberty to our supposedly “limited” government? Never before have I been so anxious about the state of the nation and the future of liberty. I hope and pray that the people still have it within them to rise up and rekindle the spirit of the founding of this country.