Big news from the Supreme Court today. Hobby Lobby successfully made their case that the Obamacare mandate to provide birth control violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Predictably, the leftist / statist movement is looking at this as some kind of indoctrination of religion, giving the same rights that individuals are guaranteed to big, greedy corporations, and a violation of a female employee’s religious / non-religious rights. You may have even seen some “smoke-and-mirrors argument that IUD’s cost less than minimum wage” nonsense.
This is how backward our society has become. Taxpayers, whether employees of corporate or private entrepreneurs, are told that they have to pay for the birth control of complete strangers, probably from another town, state or coast, because refusing to do so, violates THEIR rights.
I know many of my conservative friends on FB are cheering this decision as some kind of victory for Christian values and in a way, I’ll admit we get to the same place. But I’m not opposed to paying for anyone’s birth control on the grounds that it violates my religious objection to birth control itself (and friends, my recommendation is that you stop labeling it as such. #slipperyslope). I’M OPPOSED TO THEFT which is exactly what you support when you force others to pay for your things be it education, health care, food stamps, or housing. Forcing employers to pay for birth control ultimately comes out of our pockets.
The preposterousness of the leftist fervor goes even one step further. Those that support Liberty are accused of being selfish and greedy because we don’t want to pay. We’re also lambasted for even the hint of commenting on reproductive rights. Saw this and reposted on FB. Pretty much sums up the broken logic in the statist’s argument.
I applaud the decision today because it’s a small step for Liberty, not just religious freedom. We have a long way to go, but I’ll take the “W” today.
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Despite the fact that the majority of economists agree that raising the minimum wage increases unemployment, particularly for those most at risk (young, inexperienced, under-educated), politicians and left-wing advocacy groups keep pushing. $10/ hr. $15 / hr. Sky’s the limit.
The cavalier manner with which advocates assume employers (particularly the big corporations) will simply pay more for something without reducing consumption (in this case, labor) reveals their ignorance. The pervasive perception among these whiners is that corporations are at the mercy of ‘the people’. If they print enough bumper stickers and T-shirts and march in the streets, certainly their politicians will bend over backwards to appease them. Why wouldn’t the greedy CEO?
The problem with their assumption is that the big, corporate CEO has a plethora of options available before overpaying for labor. It’s well known that manufacturing and customer service companies can easily move overseas. Recently, companies have announced plans, like Walgreen, to move their corporate headquarters overseas to lower their taxes.
There are obviously many businesses like services, health care and transportation that need to have boots on the ground in order to operate. But they, too, will adjust their consumption of labor if the cost is high enough. Instead of hiring 3 employees, the company will hire 1 who will end up being overpaid and overworked.
Real economic prosperity comes from the unencumbered, totally voluntary, free market where prices reflect the intersection of supply and demand. Any constraints placed on the free market invariably create more problems than they claim to solve.
As a Libertarian, I cannot reconcile taking an unborn child’s life as it is a direct violation of the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). As a Christian, Exodus 20:13 (also known as the 6th Commandment) reads “You shall not murder.”