The Protection Racket

I was listening to Chris Baker ably filling in for Glenn Beck this morning. He was interviewing Congressman Ted Poe of the second district of Texas. Congressman Poe has a long history serving as a Judge before taking his present office, so I was interested in his comments about how little thought was put into the constitutionality of the health care bill passed by the House over the weekend.

I heard other comments this morning on an earlier program about the portions of the new bill that will use the Internal Revenue Code to force purchase of health insurance. I thought this was too outrageous to believe, so I looked it up.  For example, see section 422 of H.R. 3962.  It is the first time in history that the United States Government has endeavored to force Americans to buy a product.

So, that got me to thinking about the protection racket. An enforcer tells a business owner that he needs to buy “protection” to “insure” something bad doesn’t happen. If the business owner doesn’t go along, well… something bad may happen.

How about prosecution and jail? Is that bad? The IRS is not constrained to due process. Would it be bad if enforcement was done under the authority of the IRS? It’s ironic isn’t it? The tax code has often been used as leverage in battling racketeering. Now, I guess it will be the other way around. The tax code is to be used as an aid.

I’m sorry. Some of you are going to have to explain to me how this “healthcare” situation is different that the type of conspiracy and racketeering that the Attorney General has usually been known to prosecute.

I think Congressman Ted Poe is right on the mark about the dubious Constitutionality of H.R. 3962. But I wonder if those who voted for it in the House shouldn’t be liable for conspiracy and racketeering charges.  Again, if my logic is flawed, explain it to me.

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