Get This Man a Copy of the Constitution

21 October 2007

Jacob Sullum, writing for Reason magazine, makes the following sarcastic remarks regarding the children's health insurance (SCHIP) bill:

The Framers would have insisted on nothing less, as reflected in the Constitution's Health Care Clause. Oh, wait. The Constitution has no Health Care Clause. Nor does it include any other provision that authorizes Congress to spend taxpayers' money on health insurance for the children of the working poor, the grandparents of the middle class, the nephews of the super-rich, or the kin of any other socioeconomic group.

Well, since Sullum can't be bothered to look through the thing, I took it upon myself to find the constitutional provision Sullum can't seem to locate. Here it is:
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

I understand that you're a libertarian, and are therefore opposed to measures such as these, but don't let your sarcastic ambitions get in the way of the facts. Oh, and don't pretend that you're a constitutional expert.

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