Indenturing in the 21st century

I only got about a quarter of the way through this commentary by former Sen. Tom Daschle before I was too angry to keep reading because of this comment:

“The only real question, in fact, is whether we have an individual mandate — one that requires individual responsibility, which I always thought was claimed as a conservative value — or we have a community mandate.”

Forced responsibility isn’t responsibility. It’s an indenture, of sorts. Responsibility is something you recognize and take care of on your own. Mandates can force you to do a lot of things, but they don’t force you to do that.

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