George F. Will: Time for courts to reinstate economic liberties

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  • Noodlekaboodle Salt Lake City, UT
    March 29, 2012 11:12 a.m.

    Heck, the Utah state government is just as bad. They just banned bars from offering drink specials. What other business is told that they aren't allowed to put things on sale?

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 29, 2012 11:07 a.m.

    Business is the child of society. It is the people of the society, their wants and their needs, that provide the opportunity and permission for business operations. A business operation only exists to serve the society wherein it exists.

    The government of the society is the voice of the society and has all the power and rights of the society, as given and limited by the parent government and the Constitution.

    There are no constitutional rights for business or business operations. Only real people have the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

    Society owns the business. Only a license to operate a business is given to businessmen.

    Society makes the rules that the business operation must follow.

    Society is the employer and business operators are the employee

    While it is wrong for unscrupulous politicians in government to favor one business operation over another, it is the prerogative of the people of the society to do so.

  • CLM Draper, UT
    March 29, 2012 10:51 a.m.

    Certainly there is a need of "good" regulations, which can and must serve valid and legitimate functions. What makes the difference between a good and a bad regulation? Those designed to both level and define the market playing field are necessary and welcome. Regulations resulting from "collusion between entrenched businesses and compliant government", designed to produce a specific outcome, such as squelching the competition, or punish success with taxes, exorbitant or discriminatory fees, or redistribution will soon put a halt to new businesses entering the market.

    While I question the use of the 14th amendment protect the rights of businesses and corporations, I agree with Mr. Will's point of view regarding the rampant misuse of regulations and the need to put a stop to it. Unfortunately,we won't see that happen as as long as politicians, from local to national, are the handmaidens of corporations.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    March 29, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    Just give out my tax cuts. That's what the repub solution is to everything.

    You might be poor today. But with a tax cut, you'll be so rich that you'll be installing a new car elevator in no time!

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 29, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    Antonin Scalia, seemingly a hero to many here, says that the fourteenth amendment applies only to black males. The freed slaves were the intended beneficiaries of the amendment, and the framers of the amendment obviously didn't have women in mind when it was written. Mr. Will and Justice Scalia are natural allies, I wonder if Mr. Will would accept that theory.

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    March 29, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    "But the amendment protects all the "privileges or immunities" of all Americans."


    Really? How is it then, that the "privileges and immunities" that thegovernment provides heterosexual couples in the form of "marriage" are denied glbt American citizens?

    There are many times that government takes these liberties, apparently. When the majority doesn't want it. Or in the case of this article when the "majority", which is entrenched business doesn't want it. Mandating $45 for a ride anywhere is ludicrous. Legislating in favor of entrenched businesses is also ludicrous as it stiffles competetion.

    So, yes, I agree. Allow the little guy to operate as long as what he's doing is safe. But please don't claim that the Constitution protects all Americans equally, because, apparently it doesn't when the "majority" doesn't agree with it.