Friday, December 17, 2010

Hsieh PJM OpEd: "Beware Counterfeit 'Responsibility'"

PajamasMedia has published my latest OpEd, "Beware Counterfeit 'Responsibility'":

My theme is that the Obama Administration's version of "individual responsibility" (also shared by many Republicans) is a counterfeit version of the concept aimed masking its drive to subvert genuine responsibility and freedom.

Here is the opening:
The ObamaCare individual insurance mandate met its first courtroom defeat when Judge Henry Hudson ruled it unconstitutional in Commonwealth of Virginia v. Sebelius. But while the legal battle is likely to smolder on for years until it reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, the rhetorical battle is heating up in the court of public opinion.

In particular, the Obama administration is attempting to defend the individual mandate as a matter of "individual responsibility." If Americans allow them to get away with this counterfeit notion of "responsibility," it will jeopardize the freedoms that make genuine individual responsibility possible...
(Read the full text of "Beware Counterfeit 'Responsibility'".)