Supreme Court Laughs at Feds Stealing California Raisins

Could the government say to a manufacturer of cellphones, you can sell cellphones; however, every fifth one you have to give to us? Or a manufacturer of cars, you can sell cars in the United States, but every third car you have to give to the United States?

Could you survive if half of your product, business, or profit was taken away? If not, could you pay the price to fight back? Marvin and Laura Horne have been in the fight of their lives with the U.S. Government over the Feds stealing their California raisins. Their refusal to conform to an outdated law has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees as they take their fight all the way to the Supreme Court.

Right out of the pages of an Ayn Rand bestseller! The California raisin farmers held hostage by the power grabbers in Washington. The story is almost unbelievable! Evidently the United States Supreme Court Justices agree!?!

“Central planning was thought to work very well in 1937,” said a skeptical Justice Antonin Scalia.

“There are some examples in the briefs that are pretty startling, Could the government say to a manufacturer of cellphones, you can sell cellphones; however, every fifth one you have to give to us? Or a manufacturer of cars, you can sell cars in the United States, but every third car you have to give to the United States?” asked Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

“If the government took all GM’s cars, then it would be okay?” asked Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

Justice Elena Kagan called it a “weird historical anomaly.”

Justice Antonin Scalia compared it to old-style Soviet central planning.

“This is different because you come up with the truck and you get the shovels and you take their raisins, probably in the dark of night,” Chief Justice John Roberts said while laughing.

Also Alexander Cohen, Managing Editor of the Business Rights Center for The Atlas Society talks about the Ayn Rand connection.


SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

Syllabus

HORNE ET AL. v. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT

No. 14–275. Argued April 22, 2015—Decided June 22, 2015

SUPREME COURT RULING PDF: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-275_c0n2.pdf


And who can forget ‘The California Raisins’…

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