Columnist: Why not force citizens to buy newspapers?

From the Fredericksburg Star, Donnie Johnston writes a tongue-in-cheek column suggesting that if government can pass a law require citizens to buy health insurance, why not pass a law requiring them to buy newspapers?

The newspaper industry, of course, would love that. Goodness! Our circulation would go up and we'd be raking in the dough. Maybe I could even get a raise.

But could the government force every American to buy a newspaper every day, just because the information they get from it might be beneficial to them?

Well, if Congress can force every American to buy health insurance, which helps the insurance industry, it certainly should be able to force every American to buy a newspaper and help the newspaper industry.

Johnston is joking of course, writing in favor of Judge Henry Hudson's decision to strike down the health insurance mandate as unconstitutional.

Read the entire column here.

 

 

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