EDITOR OF REDSTATE
The Greatest Scam On Earth
Today the Senate of the United States voted on a constitutional point of order raised by Senators Jim DeMint and John Ensign.The Senators challenged the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Democrats’ health care legislation. The individual mandate is a federally imposed requirement that every man, woman, and child in the United States obtain health insurance on pain of financial penalty or, in the Democrats’ proposal, jail.Put more plainly, if you chose not to have health insurance, the Congress of the United States intends to punish you by taking away your property or your life via incarceration.All 39 of the Republican Senators still present in Washington today voted that the individual mandate is unconstitutional.Let me repeat that — every Republican Senator still in Washington, D.C. today voted that it is unconstitutional to impose an individual mandate on the citizens of the United States.Happy? Well now ask yourself this: why would Bob Bennett, Lamar Alexander, Mike Crapo, Lindsey Graham, and Judd Gregg be co-sponsors of S.391, the Wyden-Bennett health care plan.The legislation, named for its chief sponsors Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Bob Bennett (R-UT), imposes an individual mandate on American citizens. Section 102 of the legislation is entitled “Individual Responsibility to Enroll in a Healthy Americans Private Insurance Plan.” The section outlines how the feds will punish you if you refuse to buy an insurance plan.In fact, that is precisely what Bennett, Alexander, Crapo, Graham, and Gregg today claimed was unconstitutional. Don’t be fooled by these Senators. Today they got to take a very safe vote and look good for the kids back home when in reality, were they in charge, they’d be doing the same thing. This is not leadership. This is a con.