John Stossel believes in free markets. The best result, in almost any situation, is individual liberty — government should stay out of the business of regulating human interactions. There is no doubt that in most cases we have far too much government and far too little freedom of choice. Does that apply to national borders as well? Are immigration laws another form of government regulation of free choices? Stossel is not sure.
Tomorrow morning the Arizona Latino Republican Association will announce its intention to become the first Hispanic organization in the country to declare its support for the new Arizona immigration law, S.B. 1070, set to go into effect on July 29, by “filing a motion to intervene against the Justice Department's lawsuit challenging Arizona's immigration policy.”
The Obama administration continues to show itself as a master of the spin. During the heavy campaign to promote the healthcare law, President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid assured the American people that the penalty for individuals who opt out of receiving health insurance was not a tax. Now that 20 states have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the healthcare law’s individual mandate, however, the government claims it is merely exercising its “power to lay and collect taxes.”
The government seems intent upon forcing itself into our own health issues, rather like in 1984, wherein the slaves of Oceania were compelled to exercise before the video-screen, regardless of whether the individual wished to or not. Obamacare — socialized medicine — has been the dream of statists for a long time. They wish to reduce man to the status of animals. We may, perhaps, be well cared for cattle, but we are cattle nonetheless.
The 2009 economic stimulus package has largely been a bust. However, one sector of the economy that should be seeing robust growth is the medical software industry because the stimulus law requires all Americans’ medical records to be stored electronically and made available in that form to all healthcare providers and, in some instances, to the federal government — all by 2014.