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We’re heading for economic dictatorship
The Telegraph ^ | 11/17/2012 | Janet Daley

Posted on 11/19/2012 1:57:09 PM PST by mojito

Forget about that dead parrot of a question – should we join the eurozone? The eurozone has officially joined us in a newly emerging international organisation: we are all now members of the Permanent No-growth Club. And the United States has just re-elected a president who seems determined to sign up too. No government in what used to be called “the free world” seems prepared to take the steps that can stop this inexorable decline. They are all busily telling their electorates that austerity is for other people (France), or that the piddling attempts they have made at it will solve the problem (Britain), or that taxing “the rich” will make it unnecessary for government to cut back its own spending (America).

So here we all are. Like us, the member nations of the European single currency have embarked on their very own double (or is it triple?) dip recession. This is the future: the long, meandering “zig-zag” recovery to which the politicians and heads of central banks allude is just a euphemism for the end of economic life as we have known it.

Now there are some people for whom this will not sound like bad news. Many on the Left will finally have got the economy of their dreams – or, rather, the one they have always believed in. At last, we will be living with that fixed, unchanging pie which must be divided up “fairly” if social justice is to be achieved. Instead of a dynamic, growing pot of wealth and ever-increasing resources, which can enable larger and larger proportions of the population to become prosperous without taking anything away from any other group, there will indeed be an absolute limit on the amount of capital circulating within the society.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Germany; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: ameritopia; eurozone
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21 posted on 11/20/2012 6:01:00 AM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Cronos
Wickard v. Filburn

Wickard v. Filburn, 317 U.S. 111 (1942), was a United States Supreme Court decision that recognized the power of the federal government to regulate economic activity.

A farmer, Roscoe Filburn, was growing wheat for on-farm consumption. The U.S. government had established limits on wheat production based on acreage owned by a farmer, in order to drive up wheat prices during the Great Depression, and Filburn was growing more than the limits permitted. Filburn was ordered to destroy his crops and pay a fine, even though he was producing the excess wheat for his own use and had no intention of selling it.

The Supreme Court interpreted the United States Constitution's Commerce Clause under Article 1 Section 8, which permits the United States Congress "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes". The Court decided that Filburn's wheat growing activities reduced the amount of wheat he would buy for chicken feed on the open market, and because wheat was traded nationally, Filburn's production of more wheat than he was allotted was affecting interstate commerce. Thus, Filburn's production could be regulated by the federal government.
22 posted on 11/20/2012 6:22:10 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Cronos; cripplecreek
Obamacare, Wickard, and the entire evil family of commerce clause abuse were rejected by our Framers at the Constitutional Convention.

23 posted on 11/20/2012 2:29:40 PM PST by Jacquerie ("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: mojito

Obamanation Communism File.

24 posted on 11/20/2012 2:44:06 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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Trade restrictions were one of the primary causes of the American revolution. All products had to go through British trade channels and all thing were taxed even if they were traded from one colony to another.

I love Franklin's final answer when being questioned by the house of commons in 1766.

Q. What used to be the pride of the Americans ?

A. To indulge in the fashions and manufactures of G. Britain.

Q. What is now their pride ?

A. To wear their old cloaths over again, till they can make new ones.

The Examination of Doctor Franklin, before an August Assembly, relating to the Repeal of the Stamp-Act, &c.
25 posted on 11/20/2012 2:56:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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