Did you know that the new healthcare legislation included a provision for a new tax on people who sell gold coins?

Dr. Thomas Sowell notes that this might be a good idea or a bad one, but we don’t have the foggiest because the bill was forced through Congress so fast. Why the rush? Because, says Sowell, ramming a bill through with the speed of lightening is a way to circumvent the nosey citizenry–you know us bothersome folks who might want to know how our money is going to be spent. Says Sowell:

We the people” are the central concern of the Constitution, as well as its opening words, since it is a Constitution for a self-governing nation. But “we the people” are treated as an obstacle to circumvent by the current administration in Washington. …

Not since the Norman conquerors of England published their laws in French, for an English-speaking nation, centuries ago, has there been such contempt for the people’s right to know what laws are being imposed on them….

Much has been made of the fact that families making less than $250,000 a year will not see their taxes raised. Of course they won’t see it, because what they see could affect how they vote.

But when huge tax increases are put on electric utility companies, the public will see their electricity bills go up. When huge taxes are put on other businesses as well, they will see the prices of the things those businesses sell go up.

I believe that the iconic picture of Congress 2010 is Speaker Pelosi walking through polite crowds-I know, I was there-on the way to vote in the healthcare bill that the majority of the governed (make that hoodwinked) don’t want-and, adding insult to injury, doing all this in the name of the public. Something’s got to change.

(Just to ruin you day, you must read the entire Sowell column-he’s spotted some goodies in the healthcare bill that are going to make you sick.)