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Justice Roberts nails it

From Politico:

Justice Roberts: Can the government make you buy a cell phone?

"Opponents of the individual mandate provision of President Obama's health care law contend that if the government can force you to buy health insurance, its powers of compulsion are virtually unlimited. Chief Justice John Roberts wonders what else Washington can force citizens to buy in this exchange:

CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Well, the same, it seems to me, would be true say for the market in emergency services: police, fire, ambulance, roadside assistance, whatever. You don't know when you're going to need it; you're not sure that you will. But the same is true for health care. You don't know if you're going to need a heart transplant or if you ever will. So there is a market there. To -- in some extent, we all participate in it. So can the government require you to buy a cell phone because that would facilitate responding when you need emergency services? You can just dial 911 no matter where you are?"

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/03/justice-roberts-c...

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Wow! kind of hard to believe

Wow! kind of hard to believe a supreme court justice actually questioning the omnipotent power of the almighty government!

No, they wouldn't make you buy a cellphone

they'd give you one and stick the taxpayers for the bill.

Did you know that the federal government is giving out free cell phones and free cell phone minutes to welfare recipients? It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Right now, there are companies that are running advertisements specifically targeted at low income Americans informing them of the fact that all they have to do is sign up and they can get a free cell phone and hundreds of free cell phone minutes every single month and it will all be paid for by the federal government.

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/outrageous-the-f...

http://moneyland.time.com/2012/02/08/how-to-get-the-governme...

Did you know that billionaires get billions in cash?

If I had to decide, I'd give poor people cell phones before I give another billionaire another billion.
The reality is, everything is paid with "loans" from the FED and taxpayers don't actually pay for anything, nobody does. They just steal your time which is represented by the notes you give up and make the ones you keep less valuable.

If I had to decide, I'd give them both nothing

When you receive stolen property, the size of your wallet is immaterial to the crime.