Baseline Viewpoint on the Healthcare Debate
After discussions with various friends and the like, I feel the need to make a general statement here regarding my baseline position when it comes to the current Healthcare debate (or really any other government proposal that I see as an expansion of an already intrusive Federal Government).
My starting point for anything is “where does the Federal Government have the authority to do this?” With many of the programs that are brought forward, no matter what side of the aisle serves as the point of origin, my take on it is ‘no.’
Healthcare Reform/National Healthcare? No.
Corporate Bailouts/Take overs? No.
Providing Prescription Drugs? No.
While nits can be picked back and forth regarding various proposals and the like for healthcare reform and/or a form of National healthcare, the simple fact remains that I do not believe the Federal Government has the authority to do this. I’m sure there are a number of people who will point to Article I Section 8 (for those who don’t know that chapter and verse, it says the following: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;). General Welfare, as I read that, does not mean the Federal Government is allowed to take the fruits of the labors of one group of people and give it either directly or indirectly to other people. That is an abuse of the authority to use force given to the Government.
So the bottom line is I don’t care if one side or the other or both is lying is what is proposed. I don’t care if people showing up at Town Hall meetings are hired/organized by the healthcare industry or sent out by the unions. The bottom line for me remains that this is not the responsibility of the Federal Government in the first place, and they should turn their attention to other things, like cutting the amount of money Washington is spending (that we don’t have in the first place) rather than finding new things on which to spend more money we don’t have.