The Mandate

Never before in our history has the government presumed to mandate an activity and to tax inactivity.  If this were constitutional, then there is no iota of activity that would not be under the control of the federal government, Every single dollar spent would be able to be mandated as spent per the govenment”s desires.  Remains to be seen if the Supremes would dare to rubberstamp such a concept which so flies in the face of the clearly intended limitation of federal authority so specified by the founders.  If there is truly no activity that the federal government cannot control, then there are no powers at all left to the states or to the people and it is time for a 2nd revolution.  Who would need a Cash for Clunkers program if people can be mandated to each buy a car every ( ) years from the government owned car company.  We have almost reached this point by fiat with the pending regulation of every aspect of American life that consumes any energy and therebye generates CO2 which the Congress has given control of to the EPA.  Extra fees for keeping your car too many years.  Forgot to adjust your thermostat?  Don’t worry.  The smart grid will shut it off for ( ) extra hours and automatically bill (fine) you for your carelessness.  How long before we have an environmental impact tax on a Big Mac?   For the children.  For the planet.  For the friends of the currrent career politicians.  For the reelecton campaign.  Pick a reason.  Just keep producing so that taxes can be collected and the gravy train continue.
In Atlas Shrugged, the producers all escaped to a hidden valley and did for themselves.   In socialist countries, the producers all throttle back and do the minimum necessary to coast through life, and the economy takes a major hit and nothing works right as the country declines, while the corrupt and connected are the only ones that prosper..  Why do we need to go through those lessons already so painfully learned elswhere?

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About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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