I AM SHOCKED -- SHOCKED! HYPOCRISY IS GOING ON HERE!
Let me add something to a point Paul Krugman makes today about the individual mandate, which we learned to our surprise this week was the most unconstitutional thing ever:
Indeed, conservatives used to like the idea of required purchases as an alternative to taxes, which is why the idea for the mandate originally came not from liberals but from the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation. (By the way, another pet conservative project -- private accounts to replace Social Security -- relies on, yes, mandatory contributions from individuals.)
Please, insider pundits, pols, and legal observers, do me a favor:
When the Federalist Society types on the Supreme Court are addressing the question of the constitutionality of forcing people to purchase private Social Security accounts, sometime after that's enacted into law in the Romney or Christie or Rubio administration, and they do a 180, overturn the precedent they're establishing right now, and decide that, yes, it is constitutional in this case ... please, try not to be shocked again.