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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Court of appeals says you must buy what the government wants you to buy

A three judge panel from the United states court of appeals for the sixth circuit in Cincinnati ruled that it is constitutional for Congress to require Americans to purchase a good or service.

Two of the judges were appointed by Republican Presidents and one by a Democrat. The makeup of the court is significant in that it provides further evidence that there is not a dimes worth of difference in the two party's.

Tracy Schmaler, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, which is defending the law, said in a statement that the administration welcomed the ruling:

Throughout history, there have been similar challenges to other landmark legislation such as the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act, and all of those challenges failed, We believe these challenges to health reform will also fail. 

The rulings at this level are mostly symbolic as the Supreme court is expected to rule on the case, possibly as soon as the next term.

Legislation this impactful to society should not be left to 9 unelected judges in black robes. This solidifies the argument that we must elect representatives at the state level with the gumption to nullify such unlawful laws and arrest anyone who tries to enforce them.

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