Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Paying for the message.

In what can be described as the standard government "for your own good" action, they now will take your money, just to say nice things about you. If you do not want to pay for the government to say nice things about you will find that they really could care less, and now the courts agree that the government doesn't care what you think.
A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the federal government can have cattle ranchers pay for an industry marketing program, known for its “Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner” advertisements.

By a 6-3 vote, the high court handed a victory to the government. It said the generic advertising at issue is the government’s own speech and therefore exempt from the First Amendment free-speech challenge that had been brought.
I think Say Uncle said it best.
The government, essentially, can force you to fund their message. Compelled speech doesn’t sound very first amendmenty.
If you want to view the laws that made this Beef Board and what they call the checkoff program(fee charged to finance the program) then drop by here.

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