Kagan & Coburn on Whether the Government Can Make You Eat Vegetables
1:27 AM, Jun 30, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
On Tuesday evening, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) posed a hypothetical question to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan: If Congress passed a law that said Americans "have to eat three vegetables and three fruits, every day ... does that violate the Commerce Clause?"
"Sounds like a dumb law," Kagan replied.
"Yeah, I got one that's real similar to it that I think is equally dumb," Coburn shot back, referring to Obamacare's mandate requiring individuals to buy health insurance. "I'm not going to mention which one it is."
A minute-long clip of the aforementioned exchange between Coburn and Kagan has been making the rounds. If you have time, it's worth watching the full 10-minute exchange on the Commerce Clause, which begins at the 20:00 mark in this video. Kagan doesn't offer a clear answer, but Coburn continues to make some compelling points:
(Or better yet: watch the entire 30-minute session of Coburn questioning Kagan.)
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