Actually, the Post Office is Constitutional
5:22 PM, Mar 8, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Continuing to show his confusion over the proper role of government, Mitt Romney has now compared Obamacare to the Post Office. In his first appearance in New Hampshire since before last year’s election, Romney said, "Obamacare is bad law constitutionally, bad policy, and it is bad for America's families. The federal government isn't the answer for running health care any more than it's the answer for running Amtrak or the Post Office."
The problem is, America’s Founders wrote the following words (penned at Independence Hall) into our Constitution: “The Congress shall have Power…To establish Post Offices and post Roads.” Meanwhile, Obamacare may contradict the Founders’ vision of limited government and liberty more completely than any legislation ever passed in our nation’s history. The only good thing about Obamacare is the backlash against it, which has reignited national debate over the proper scope of government and has generated renewed interest in fiscal responsibility, limited government, and our founding principles. But it doesn’t help to advance those principles to suggest that Obamacare is like the Post Office.
It didn’t take 2,700 pages to found the Post Office. The Post Office doesn’t try to run what will soon be one-fifth of our economy. It doesn’t cost more than $2 trillion over ten years. It doesn’t compel Americans to buy health insurance. It doesn’t consolidate heretofore unthinkable levels of power in the hands of the Secretary of Health and Human Services and other unelected officials. It doesn’t have this organizational chart:
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