Friday, February 25, 2011

Regulating Your Thinking

The latest pro-ObamaCare court ruling has come down, with the stunning claim that the government should be able to regulate your "mental activity". Here are two analyses:

William Jacobson (law professor at Cornell), "All Your Thoughts Are Belong To U.S.".

Jacobson notes: "Our thoughts are now actions. There literally is nothing the federal government cannot regulate provided there is even a hypothetical connection to the economy, even if the connection at most is in the future."

Avik Roy, Forbes, "Federal Judge: Obamacare Allows Congress to Regulate 'Mental Activity'"

Roy notes: "On page 45, Judge Kessler argues that the Commerce Clause of the Constitution allows Congress to regulate 'mental activity'"

Let's hope the US Supreme Court overturns this idea once and for all.