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Signs of Life in the Free Market as Americans Vote with Their Dollars

Friday, November 15, 2013

You can tell an awful lot about how people view freedom by how they freely spend their money.

This blog post got our attention, so we took our own look at the numbers concerning two expenditures of personal funds in October.

Out of a country of well over 300 million people, a whopping 100,000 or so signed up for medical insurance using the federal and state-based marketplaces required by President Obama's signature law, formally dubbed the "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," but more commonly referred to as "Obamacare."  And that figure reportedly includes a lot of people whose perfectly satisfactory medical plans were cancelled as a result of the federal act, and who thus signed up for Obamacare against their will.

Meanwhile, because Americans are still allowed to spend their money they way they see fit in other aspects of life, a far greater number of them invested in a different form of insurance, one which also would be cancelled if President Obama had his way.

The FBI reports that 1,687,599 firearm-related background checks were run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in October.  That brought the total number of checks for the 12 months since Obama's reelection to 20,341,117, a 12 percent increase over the previous 12 months.

As the popular expression saying goes, "enough said."

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