Government, Free Speech and Voting

I read a very interesting opinion piece today by Todd Henderson of the University of Chicago Law School regarding the Citizen’s United case. I highly suggest reading the entire piece, it is very well written.

At the very beginning of the article, Mr. Henderson makes a great statement:

… we should view extensions of government activity under a presumption of error, especially where there is no evidence of a market failure …

I was hooked after that, and I took the time to read through the rest of the piece. Mr. Henderson makes a number of excellent points and I find that I agree with him all around.

The quote stood out to me for more areas than just speech. Consider the massive expansion of government that is likely to be voted on this weekend. Actually, it may not be voted on, it may just be “Deemed to Pass” (Google that) instead of requiring the House to actually vote.

Why wouldn’t the House want to actually vote on the Health Care bill? Mostly because the bill is very unpopular, and many current representatives are nervous about the people in their districts at home removing them from office. If that’s the case, why are you voting for the bill in the first place.

Last time I checked, the US is a Representative Democracy. We elect people to serve in Congress and vote on our behalf for the things we believe in. If the Heath Care Takeover bill is not wanted by the people, then why is it being pushed for so hard?

Going back to one of Mr.  Henderson’s best points – “we should view extensions government activity under a presumption of error”.