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Claude Frédéric Bastiat was a nineteenth century French political and economic philosopher who warned the people in his writings about the dangers of the abuse of law and the nature of government. Bastiat states that the law should be established only to protect a citizen’s life, liberty, and property. Furthermore he writes that corruption occurs when politicians use the law to favor one citizen over another. It is interesting that the warnings of Bastiat are still prove true even today.
In the Tuesday Press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney stated that the White House has issued over 1,300 waivers to allow specially selected businesses to be free from Obama’s healthcare law. These waivers would allow these favored businesses to escape the costly new regulations, giving them a distinct advantage over their competitors. Isn’t it interesting though twenty percent of these waivers were granted in Nancy Pelosi’s district? It just so happens that the entire state of Nevada, which is Senator Harry Reid’s state, has received a waiver from Obamacare. AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons who was one of the biggest supporters of the President’s healthcare plan, have been one of the lucky few to receive a waiver from the Obamacare plan they supported. Also restaurants Jack in the Box and McDonalds are loving these waivers because they have received them as well.
These waivers clearly exemplify the corrupt atmosphere that big government programs breed, and sends more businesses and money to Washington as they attempt to avoid costly new government interventions. Bastiat warned us that law could be manipulated as such, and his warnings have fallen on deaf ears. As such we should elect and support only those individuals who have a clear understanding of law and the role of law in a society.