Archive for October 23rd, 2009


Reporter: I just want to know where, in your opinion, does the Constitution give specific authority for Congress to give an individual mandate for health insurance?

Leahy: What — we have plenty of authority.  Are you saying there is no authority?

Reporter: I’m asking –

Leahy: Why would you say there is no authority?  I mean, there’s no question there’s authority.  Nobody questions that.

Reporter: But where — I mean, which –

Leahy: Where do we have authority to set speed limits on an interstate highway?

Reporter: Well, the states do that.

Leahy: No, no, the federal government does that.


Now, I’ve never considered Leahy to be the Senate’s brightest light on hs best day, but this demonstrates that it never even occurred to him that there might be a limit on Congress’ authority to do what they are proposing.  Arrogant, presumptive foolishness.  Between the ones who know exactly what they are doing and why it is a problem, and the ones like Leahy who never even had a thought that this might exceed their authority, we are on a fast track to chaos in this country.

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