Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Democrats Now Own ObamaCare

The Democratic Party has now tied itself to ownership of the health care system in this country.  When costs begin to rise, as the CBO has predicted they will then that party will really begin to see angry voters.  But most of all, people will expect this bill to begin affecting things right now...even though NONE of it's services will begin for 4 years.  Higher taxes will kick in immediately, while none of the "perceived" benefits do...this will cause unrest immediately.  Pete Suderman of Commentary points out that,
The coverage figure is the best argument for the bill; all indications are that it's likely to result in health coverage for 30 million or more individuals. But the evidence that it will do so in an affordable manner is thin. The CBO estimates that the average premium cost will rise 10-13 percent (with a little more than half of folks receiving subsidies). And despite claims that the bill will put a stop to big rate increases, the evidence of the Massachusetts plan, which is very similar to Obamacare, suggests otherwise: Since the start of its plan, that state has seen double digit rate hikes, and expects more to come. And its average premium price is the highest in the nation. How can anyone possibly define this as "affordable"? [emphasis is mine, ed.]

In the end, then, we're left with a highly expensive, fiscally dangerous expansion of health insurance that locks even more people into a broken system. That's an achievement, all right, but not a particularly good one.
Already, more than three dozen states have begun preparing legal challenges on this bill.  Those challenges are based on the Commerce Clause and the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the US Constitution.  My belief is that it's unconstitutional under the 10th Amendment's claim that those powers not delineated are reserved to the states or the people.  From Victor Davis Hansen
Do Democrats realize that we really have crossed the Rubicon? In the future when the Republicans gain majorities (and they will), the liberal modus operandi will be the model—bare 51% majorities, reconciliation, the nuclear option, talk of deem and pass, not a single Democrat vote—all ends justifying the means in order to radically restructure vast swaths of American economic and social life. Is someone unhinged at the DNC? They just blew up any shred of bipartisan consensus when their President polls below 50%, the Democratically-controlled Congress below 20%, and health care reform less than 50%. Usually unpopular leaders and their unpopular ideas seek the shelter of minority rights and prerogatives. What will they do when they are in the minority—since they’ve entered the arena, boasted “let the games begin” and shouted “by any means necessary”?

I'll be contacting my local GOP county office to see who is going to run against John Sarbanes this year and work on their behalf to unseat one of the most knee-jerk solid Democratic votes in Congress.

1 comment:

grannywithapitchfork said...


Rejoice. This is one area in which we can take some pathetic comfort in the knowledge that they CAN'T BLAME BUSH! It is squarely on their evil heads.