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Worth Reading #7: Jonathan Chait: By Hook Or By Crook (March 23, 2010)

Worth Reading #6: Ian Milhiser: Yes, It Is Legal for the Government to Require You to Buy Things... (Mqrch 23, 2010)

Ian Milhiser:

Think Progress: Why George Washington would disagree with the right wing about health care’s constitutionality.: Yesterday, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced that he would join a growing list of right-wing attorneys general who are suing to have health reform declared unconstitutional. According to Cuccinelli, the new law’s provisions that require individuals to carry health insurance violate the Constitution because “at no time in our history has the government mandated its citizens buy a good or service.” The truth, however, is that the Second Militia Act of 1792, required a significant percentage of the U.S. civilian population to purchase a long list of military equipment.... "[A] good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack...." This Act became law... in President George Washington’s first term...

Washington Crossing the Delaware (Enlargement)

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