Cato Institute Connects with Local Tea Party

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When it comes to spreading the message of the Tea Party, it helps to have an articulate, informed, and respected advocate as a spokesperson. Recently, the Haywood County 9-12 TEA Party in North Carolina brought in the Chairman of Cato Institute, Robert Levy, to speak to their organization. The results were all they could have hoped for, and then some.

The article is worth reading in full, but here are some of the highlights of what Chairman Robert Levy said. First, on the Constitution:

Levy spoke about the U.S. Constitution’s Ninth and Tenth Amendments in the Bill of Rights. He said the Tenth Amendment states that powers not delegated to the government in the Constitution are reserved for the states….

In that regard, the federal government shouldn’t fund public education, natural disaster relief, welfare, health care, retirement systems, family planning, housing or aid to the arts, Levy said.

 On gun rights:

Levy argued that based on the outcome of District of Columbia v. Heller, the Second Amendment is meant to provide individual rights to bear arms for self-defense. “But that right is not absolute — subject to reasonable restrictions, the Supreme Court declared that right is considered a fundamental right,” he said.

He added that the government bears the burden if it wants to justify regulations that would change that right.

Finally, on health care:

The Supreme Court ruled Obamacare unconstitutional under the commerce clause but upheld the act under the taxing clause. While there is a penalty, or a so-called “tax” for not having the mandated insurance, Levy said the fee is low enough that many people will pay the fine instead of purchasing the insurance.

“But the purpose of a tax is to generate revenue – this doesn’t do that,” he said. “The penalty was transformed to a tax even though Obama said there would be no new tax on the middle class.”

Kudos go to TEA Party head Lynda Bennett and other local leaders for bringing in such a well-known and important figure in defending the Constitution. Over 100 people attended were given real benefit for their participation in the political process. Again, thanks to Lynda and her leadership team for doing such a great job.