The Healthcare/Stimulus Package Debate
While there is an ongoing debate about the healthcare bill in Congress, there has been almost no debate about whether this bill would actually be good for the people or the country.  The Stimulus package has similarly been bad for the people because of the unfair and excessive burdens placed on future generations.
The United States of America is supposed to be about several things but one of our principles has been to be a nation of laws, and not of men.  Right now our nation is becoming more a nation of men who trample the laws.
The Constitution was created by the representatives of the States.  The States each ratified the Constitution in turn.  The national government was a creation of the States and granted specific enumerated powers to the national government.  What we have now is an all powerful national government treating the States like small political subdivisions of the national government much like cities are treated by the States they are in.  This is a perversion of how the power in this great country is supposed to flow.  It is now top-down while it is supposed to be bottom-up.  The Ninth and Tenth amendments to the Constitution stress the powers that the people and states are supposed to retain.  What these amendments mean is when you read the Constitution, if you can not tell for sure that the National government has been granted a specific power and it has not been specifically removed from the States, the States or the people have that power.
There is no reasonable legal Constitutional basis for the actions of the National Government in trying to create a government run health care system or to spend Trillions of dollars for an etherial Stimulus.  Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution lists the powers of Congress.  They largely deal with military actions and facilitating commerce among the States.  Nothing about a large welfare state where the National government controls healthcare for everyone.
The political battles in Washington are becoming increasingly bitter and underhanded.  Congress was asked to vote on the more than 1,000 page bill before anyone had the chance to read it or to analyze it.  When the vote was delayed, the purportedly impartial Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported on the initial cost estimates of the bill at more than $1 Trillion dollars.  That is $1,000,000,000,000.00.  Think about how short just one second is.  1 Trillion seconds is equal to 31,688 YEARS.  The CBO currently projects the Medicare 75 year unfunded liability to be $36 Trillion, overall Federal budget deficit through June of this year is $1 Trillion and may top $2 Trillion by September of this year.  With reports like this coming from the CBO, President Obama had a visit with the Director of the CBO with some people questioning the impact this visit would have on the impartiality of the CBO.  So far it appears that the CBO is continuing to present their estimates without much change.
One power that Congress has been given is the “Franking” privilege.  A member of either the House or the Senate can address a letter for official business and sign the envelope instead of placing a stamp on it.  There is even a committee in Congress called the Franking Committee to prevent abuses of the privilege by sending campaign literature instead of regular newsy updates from our representatives.  The Republican members of Congress have been preparing mailings to send out to their constituents to dissect the proposed Healthcare legislation to explain why it is a bad idea.  These mailings have been blocked by the Franking Committee due to complaints that a proposed graphic illustration of the healthcare plan is misleading.  The other complaint is that the mailing would refer to the healthcare plan as “government run” health care instead of “public option” health care.  Does anyone really think that “public housing” is not run by the government?  It seems that the people who are trying the hardest to get the healthcare bill passed are determined to sugar coat what is really going on.
Wal-Mart has come out in support of some kind of Universal Health Care plan mandate for employers.  This was after a meeting between Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke and the President of the Service Employees International Union Andy Stern which group failed at organizing Wal-Mart.  The burdens of a bill like this would be crushing to their competitors and give Wal-Mart a competitive advantage.  It would also likely cause your own business to give you a smaller annual raise, if any, when they have to offer government approved medical benefits to all of their employees.
There are some dissenting views about the efficacy of the Stimulus Package.  Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona was critical of the stimulus spending and suggested that the remaining unspent money should just be returned to the Treasury.  This led to a letter being sent the very next day to the Governor of Arizona from the United States Department of Transportation Secretary effectively threatening to cut off $521 Million of stimulus funding to Arizona.  The Transportation Secretary was asked in a House Budget Committed hearing if he was put up to sending the letter by anyone in the administration and he said “no”.
These are dirty tricks that should have no place in the administration of this country, no matter what party you belong to.  We should be adhering to the language of the Constitution and giving more power and responsibility to the people instead of ceding power to our national government.

The Healthcare/Stimulus Package Debate

While there is an ongoing debate about the healthcare bill in Congress, there has been almost no debate about whether this bill would actually be good for the people or the country.  The Stimulus package has similarly been bad for the people because of the unfair and excessive burdens placed on future generations.

The United States of America is supposed to be about several things but one of our principles has been to be a nation of laws, and not of men.  Right now our nation is becoming more a nation of men who trample the laws.

The Constitution was created by the representatives of the States.  The States each ratified the Constitution in turn.  The national government was a creation of the States and granted specific enumerated powers to the national government.  What we have now is an all powerful national government treating the States like small political subdivisions of the national government much like cities are treated by the States they are in.  This is a perversion of how the power in this great country is supposed to flow.  It is now top-down while it is supposed to be bottom-up.  The Ninth and Tenth amendments to the Constitution stress the powers that the people and states are supposed to retain.  What these amendments mean is when you read the Constitution, if you can not tell for sure that the National government has been granted a specific power and it has not been specifically removed from the States, the States or the people have that power.

There is no reasonable legal Constitutional basis for the actions of the National Government in trying to create a government run health care system or to spend Trillions of dollars for an etherial Stimulus.  Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution lists the powers of Congress.  They largely deal with military actions and facilitating commerce among the States.  Nothing about a large welfare state where the National government controls healthcare for everyone.

The political battles in Washington are becoming increasingly bitter and underhanded.  Congress was asked to vote on the more than 1,000 page bill before anyone had the chance to read it or to analyze it.  When the vote was delayed, the purportedly impartial Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported on the initial cost estimates of the bill at more than $1 Trillion dollars.  That is $1,000,000,000,000.00.  Think about how short just one second is.  1 Trillion seconds is equal to 31,688 YEARS.  The CBO currently projects the Medicare 75 year unfunded liability to be $36 Trillion, overall Federal budget deficit through June of this year is $1 Trillion and may top $2 Trillion by September of this year.  With reports like this coming from the CBO, President Obama had a visit with the Director of the CBO with some people questioning the impact this visit would have on the impartiality of the CBO.  So far it appears that the CBO is continuing to present their estimates without much change.

One power that Congress has been given is the “Franking” privilege.  A member of either the House or the Senate can address a letter for official business and sign the envelope instead of placing a stamp on it.  There is even a committee in Congress called the Franking Committee to prevent abuses of the privilege by sending campaign literature instead of regular newsy updates from our representatives.  The Republican members of Congress have been preparing mailings to send out to their constituents to dissect the proposed Healthcare legislation to explain why it is a bad idea.  These mailings have been blocked by the Franking Committee due to complaints that a proposed graphic illustration of the healthcare plan is misleading.  The other complaint is that the mailing would refer to the healthcare plan as “government run” health care instead of “public option” health care.  Does anyone really think that “public housing” is not run by the government?  It seems that the people who are trying the hardest to get the healthcare bill passed are determined to sugar coat what is really going on.

Wal-Mart has come out in support of some kind of Universal Health Care plan mandate for employers.  This was after a meeting between Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke and the President of the Service Employees International Union Andy Stern which group failed at organizing Wal-Mart.  The burdens of a bill like this would be crushing to their competitors and give Wal-Mart a competitive advantage.  It would also likely cause your own business to give you a smaller annual raise, if any, when they have to offer government approved medical benefits to all of their employees.

There are some dissenting views about the efficacy of the Stimulus Package.  Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona was critical of the stimulus spending and suggested that the remaining unspent money should just be returned to the Treasury.  This led to a letter being sent the very next day to the Governor of Arizona from the United States Department of Transportation Secretary effectively threatening to cut off $521 Million of stimulus funding to Arizona.  The Transportation Secretary was asked in a House Budget Committed hearing if he was put up to sending the letter by anyone in the administration and he said “no”.

These are dirty tricks that should have no place in the administration of this country, no matter what party you belong to.  We should be adhering to the language of the Constitution and giving more power and responsibility to the people instead of ceding power to our national government.

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