We all believe in giving government control of major parts of our lives sometime.
That was one of the themes advanced by the apparent Republican frontrunners — Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich — in Saturday night’s debate on ABC.
“You had a mandate in your state,” Romney said to Perry. “You mandated the girls at 12 years old had to get a vaccination for a sexually transmitted disease. So, it’s not like we had this big difference on mandates. We had different things we mandated over. I wanted to get people health insurance, you wanted to get young girls a vaccine.”
A moment later, it was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s turn.
So, Newt Gingrich — that brilliant man and historian — was floundering for nearly two decades before he discovered that for the federal government to force people to buy health insurance is “clearly unconstitutional”?
And, no, Newt, conservatives were not for a health-insurance mandate in 1993.
Michele Bachmann had the best line of the night when she dubbed the current frontrunners “Newt Romney.”
— Terence P. Jeffrey is editor-in-chief of CNSNews.com.