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Monday, March 1, 2010

Rep. Lynn's HJR 722 "Free Enterprise" Constitutional Amendment

In an earlier post, I wrote about State Rep. Susan Lynn ("Tennessee's Palin?"). She's currently working on an amendment to Tennessee's constitution protecting free enterprise. From the article "Free Enterprise Constitutional Amendment" on her blog...

Seeking to hold-on to the vestiges of the system that has made our country great, I recently drafted and passed model legislation at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s winter meeting to create a Constitutional Amendment on free enterprise; [the bill states:] "It is the policy of the state of Tennessee that a free enterprise system shall govern trade and commerce in this state to promote the dispersion of economic and political power and the general welfare of all the people." To date, only Utah has such a reassuring clause in their state Constitution....By definition, a free enterprise economy is an economic system controlled chiefly by individuals and private companies; not the government.

Read her whole article. Such an amendment is a strong way to fight back against those social statists who in her words, desire "to control the salaries of those employed by private business, to change the provisions of private contracts, to nationalize banks, insurers and auto manufacturers, and to effectually eliminate any free market that may have still existed in healthcare."

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