Saturday, April 17, 2010

Congress to regulate airline baggage?

And speaking of Congress overstepping its Constitutional authority (see my last post), The Wall Street Journal Corporate Watch says:

Spirit Airlines Inc.'s plan to start charging for carry-on luggage beginning Aug. 1 is coming under fire in Washington, where seven Democratic senators introduced legislation Wednesday designed to discourage the fees.

The bill, proposed by Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.), would attach a 7.5% federal excise tax to fees charged for carry-on luggage. The tax already applies to ticket fares, and by extending it to carry-on bags, the senators said airlines would no longer have the incentive to charge separately for both.

Spirit Airlines gives cheaper fares to those who don't have so much luggage. What business is it of Congress to tell people who travel light that they have to pay a higher airfare? What business is it of Congress to tell a private airline what to do with luggage? The market will decide.

The Democrats seem to think they have the Constitutional authority to regulate any aspect of American life the choose.

Excuse me, that's not accurate. They simply don't care whether they have the Constitutional authority or not!

The more we expect or allow Congress to regulate every real or perceived injustice, the less free we become. The Constitution is the only protection we have against tyranny. The more we allow Congress to discard the Constitution the farther down the road to tyranny we go. The problem is that, like the proverbial frog in the slowly heated water, the slide to tyranny has been slow enough that most don't see it.

This November the American people need to let Congress know in no uncertain terms, that if you disregard the Constitution, you will be out of a job! If we do not send that message loudly and clearly, it is not too melodramatic to say that America will be lost.

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