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Friday, September 4, 2009

Woman Questions Dem Sen. Mark Warner on Where the Constitution Gives Government the Right to Take Over Health Care - Video


Here is video of Virginia Democrat Sen. Mark Warner being pressed at a Town Hall Meeting in Fredricksburg, Virginia, about where the U.S. Constitution gives the Government the right to take over Health Care.

The question was asked by a woman who said she teaches "Government" at the High School level.

The crowd erupted at the woman's question, applauding her wildly. Warner used the typical response of saying that must mean she wants to "get rid of Medicare and Medicaid." He also bizarrely likened a Government take over of Health Care to the fact the Constitution does not mention "telephones" either.

Last I checked, I pay for my own telephone - the government does not provide it for me. I can also choose to not have a telephone. That has nothing to do with why the Government should have the power to take over 1/6th of the U.S. Economy.

Via Hot Air

3 comments:

Anonymous,  September 5, 2009 at 7:57 AM  

"Last I checked, I pay for my own telephone - the government does not provide it for me. I can also choose to not have a telephone. That has nothing to do with why the Government should have the power to take over 1/6th of the U.S. Economy."

Then I guess that just leaves you with the Medicare argument, which you appear to have no contention with.

So in summary, woman asked question, got answer.

-- Jamal

Darren Lenard Hutchinson September 5, 2009 at 12:08 PM  

You cannot choose to pay taxes or not. If you are a male aged 18 or above, you cannot choose whether to register for Selective Service (the draft) or not. Yes - the government CAN AND DOES make you do things; if you don't you suffer the consequences. By the way, the telephone companies are highly regulated by the federal government! Judging from your summary, that's what Warner was trying to say.

Also, if the Constitution says nothing about healthcare, then it DOES NOT PROHIBIT Congress from reforming the healthcare system -- right? In any event, the question is ridiculous, but I do not expect a high school civics teacher to know as much about the Constitution than, say, law professors who teach and write about the Constitution. More Hot Air from "Hot Air": Implies Healthcare Reform Unconstitutional

Here are some other things the Constitution does not specifically mention: the Air Force, air planes, airports, safety in air planes and airports, prayer, schools, prayer in schools, faith-based initiatives, cars, minors seeking an abortion, partial-birth abortion, Terry Schiavo, same-sex marriage, gays in the military, Iraq, Iran, terrorism, freedom from death panels, the death penalty, automatic assault weapons, Janet Jackson's nipple, English, an official language, illegal alien, flag burning, affirmative action, requirements of Supreme Court justices, crack cocaine, the words "In God We Trust," The Pledge of Allegiance, the Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, songs in general the Internet, pornorgraphy, prostitution, murderers, child predators, rapists, racial profiling, financial aid for students in colleges, segregation, integration, children, kidnapped children,....

The federal government has regulated or sought to regulate all of these things. Which ones would violate the Constitution in your opinion?

PS: I could go on and on, but I won't. I was just thinking off the top of my head. If I included some things that are actually in the document, I apologize in advance!

Anonymous,  September 10, 2009 at 9:25 PM  

Actually, the constitution does "mention" all of those things by omitting those things. Congress is only permitted to do those things listed. All those things you list are reserved to the States and the People by intent, and by the 10th Amendment. Article 1 Section 8 lists the only things permitted.

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