On October 12th a Federal court judge in Michigan sided with the Obama administration defending the government's ability to force you to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. The judge justified his decision based on the government's ability to regulate interstate commerce.
Quote from a NY Times article:
"Judge George Steeh of the Federal District Court in Detroit came down squarely on the side of the Obama administration. He ruled that a failure to buy health insurance was not ?inactivity,? as the plaintiffs contended, but rather an economic decision to try to pay for health services later, out of pocket, rather than now, through the purchase of insurance.
I don't care what your opinion is about health insurance, if this decision ultimately stands the last protection of your personal property will be lost. You need to understand that loud and clear, you will no longer have any right to your personal property whatsoever, none, nada, zip!
Through the income tax we have already given them the ability to confiscate whatever portion of our efforts they deem is theirs. Right now, whatever portion we are allowed to keep we are free to do what we please with. That includes the option to spend the money or save it for later.
Not any more.
In effect this ruling states that your economic inactivity can be punished if that lack of activity has an adverse effect on interstate commerce. If you choose to save too much of your money instead of spending it on what they need you to spend it on then you will be punished.
Here are some examples of what they will have the power to do if they decide to. I'm not saying anyone is planning to do these things but the fact is if some unelected regulator decides it is a good idea they will have the power to do it and you will have no choice but to accept it.
Example 1: Given the massive need to issue Treasury bonds to finance the federal budget they could require you to purchase a certain amount each year or pay a penalty. Given our need to issue a trillion dollars or more each year of these bonds this may be necessary in the near future. It would be all too easy for them to simple confiscate a portion of your 401K each year and buy Treasury bonds on your behalf.
Example 2: With our economy being based 70% on consumer spending a hard limit could be imposed on savings to ensure enough spending occurs to keep the economy moving. Why save for retirement anyway when Social Security and Medicare will take care of you.
Example 3: To try and fix our trade deficit it will be required that based on your income you must purchase a new American made (and government owned) car every five years or face a penalty. Sure you could still buy a foreign car but it would have to be in addition to your patriotic purchase of an American car.
The simple fact is if they can force you to perform whatever economic activity they deem necessary to benefit society then you are now a slave to an all powerful state. You only keep your property because they allow you to.
The words "Thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not covet thy neighbors property" come to mind. These people are not just enemies of the constitution they are enemies of god's laws. God help us all if we allow this seizure of our liberty to stand.