Simple genius taken from Friedrich Hayek's "The Constitution of Liberty":
Not only is liberty a system under which all government action is guided by principles, but it is an ideal that will not be preserved unless it is itself accepted as an overriding principle governing all particular acts of legislation. Where no such fundamental rule is stubbornly adhered to as an ultimate ideal about which there must be no compromise for the sake of material advantages—as an ideal which, even though it may have to be temporarily infringed during a passing emergency, must form the basis of all permanent arrangements—freedom is almost certain to be destroyed by piecemeal encroachments. For in each particular instance it will be possible to promise concrete and tangible advantages as the result of a curtailment of freedom, while the benefits sacrificed will in their nature always be unknown and uncertain.
One could reasonably argue that there would be no Supreme Court ObamaCare case today if Hayek's simple wisdom was followed, even partially.
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Writes Andrew Klavan, whom I shamelessly stole the the Hayek quote from...
In other words, there’s always a good reason to take your freedom away — your health, the poor, your evil opinions, the lousy way you raise your kids — and never a reason to preserve freedom except the love of freedom itself. Thus, so often, the people destroying the American way of life are actually nice people who just want to help.
- Bettors at Intrade now betting @ a 65% probability that the individual mandate will be repealed by the end of the year.
- Useful idiots on the Left like E.J. Dionne are howling at the moon today (that's good).
- Lefty Greg Sargent gets it right (at least partially). That's a first, insofar as I'm concerned.
- Get a load of this fear-mongering, sky-is-falling Democrap tripe.
- SLOB member Doo Doo Economics has an excellent post, "Supreme Court is an ObamaCare Death Panel." Hear, hear!