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Thursday
Mar252010

CORNERSTONE COMMENTS ON SENATE'S DEFEAT OF BRADLEY'S AMENDMENT TO 'HEALTH CARE' BILL

Says Senate Democrats are as tone-deaf as Washington counterparts

Concord, NH - Tonight, the New Hampshire Senate defeated an amendment to SB505 offered by Senator Jeb Bradley.  The vote was along party lines, 10-14.   The amendment would have protected individuals in New Hampshire from being forced to purchase private health care insurance under the new federal health care mandate passed by Congress.  Thus far, at least 14 states have filed suit against the federal government over the provision.

Commenting on the defeat of Senator Bradley's proposed amendment was Cornerstone-Actions', Kevin Smith:

"The Democrats in the State Senate demonstrated today that they are just as tone-deaf to the will of the voters, as their counterparts in Washington are.  Their vote against Senator Bradley's amendment is indicative of their blind allegiance to the leftist agenda of the Obama Administration.    

 

Cornerstone-Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research.

Cornerstone Policy Research is a non-partisan, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the preservation of strong families, limited government and free markets.



Thursday
Mar252010

CORNERSTONE COMMENTS ON PASSAGE OF EXPANDED GAMBLING 

Says bill represents bigger government, more spending, and more entitlements

Concord, NH - Today, the New Hampshire state senate passed SB489 by a vote of .  The bill proposes the establishment of at least six casinos statewide in addition to 17,000 video slot machines. 

Commenting on the passage of the expanded gambling bill was Cornerstone-Action's Director, Kevin Smith:

"Simply put, this bill represents bigger government, more spending, and more entitlements.  Not to mention, are the number of "kick-backs" contained within the bill including more money for Health and Human Services, over 40 new state troopers - each with their own new cruiser, and millions for a commuter rail which doesn't even exist - New Hampshire voters ought to be appalled by this legislation." 

 

Cornerstone-Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research.

Cornerstone Policy Research is a non-partisan, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the preservation of strong families, limited government and free markets.

Thursday
Mar252010

AFP - Stop the Disastrous Reconciliation Bill! 

Dear Friend,

We suffered a huge setback in the fight for freedom when the president signed the Democrats' massive health care takeover bill into law.  But we don't have time to rest, because the Senate is poised, perhaps as soon as tomorrow, to add a chaser to that bill that will make things much, much worse.  The so-called reconciliation bill is so bad that in any other year, it would be the worst bill of the year.  I know we're all tired, but we can't let the Senate get away with passing this bill without a public uproar.

Please click now to tell your U.S. senators to vote NO on the disastrous reconciliation tax hike bill.

This is how bad the Reconciliation Act of 2010 is.  It includes:

1. A disastrous tax hike on capital gains and dividends. That’s the most anti-growth tax hike possible. The Reconciliation Act creates a new 3.8-percent Medicare tax on single filers over $200,000 and married filers over $250,000. The rich? Not quite. This slams business owners and makes it harder for them to raise capital for needed equipment purchases, expansion, and job creation. And there is no inflation indexing, so it will directly hit more and more taxpayers over time.

2. An increase in the health care penalty tax on employers from $750 per uncovered employee to $2,000.

3. A total takeover of the student loan industry, putting tens of thousands out of work in the private sector while building up a big new student loan bureaucracy.

4. A "fix" to the Cadillac tax that actually makes it worse, not better. Under current law the exemption amount is indexed to CPI plus 1 percent. That is not enough to keep up with medical costs. The reconciliation bill delays the start of the tax by five years, from 2013 to 2018, but it cuts the inflation adjustment to plain CPI. The lower inflation adjustment means that once the tax starts it will hit more people faster.

5. A Nebraska "fix" (the only one of the infamous and corrupt deals Obama signed into law yesterday that’s actually revisited in the reconciliation) that is actually a much worse deal for taxpayers. Nebraska no longer gets special treatment, but the new Medicaid funding formula puts federal taxpayers on the hook for 90 percent of the cost of expansion for all states, with special funding increases for 17 states and the District of Columbia. This is welfare reform in reverse; we should be building on the AFDC block-grant model of state control and innovation that worked so well in the 1990s, not federalizing Medicaid.

Please click now to tell your U.S. senators to vote NO on the disastrous reconciliation tax hike bill.

We lost the first round of the health care fight, which was tragic.  But we can't sit by shell-shocked while the Senate follows it up with this disastrous tax-hiking reconciliation bill.

Thanks for all you do,
Phil Kerpen
Vice President, Policy

P.S. Please forward this email to your contacts.  Urge them to send a message to their senators by clicking here.  We may not be able to stop this thing, but we should make as clear as possible that we are paying attention and know just how bad this bill is. 

 

Thursday
Mar252010

State AGs Miss Target with Health Care Lawsuit says the Tenth Amendment Center

Relying on a federal lawsuit to invalidate the new Health Care Reform Law is not only an uncertain endeavor in the face of decades of bad Supreme Court precedent; it could also take years to go anywhere, according to the Tenth Amendment Center. “The reality is this, considering a lawsuit as the primary response leaves the people in opposition holding the bag,” says Michael Boldin, founder of the Center. “That's why we advocate a solution to this mess that leaves the people, not the courts, in charge."

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 25, 2010 -- "Prominent founders such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison warned us that if the federal government ever became the sole and exclusive arbiter of its own powers, those powers would continue to grow, regardless of elections, courts, separation of powers or other much-vaunted checks and balances in our system," said Michael Boldin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center.

Nullification, according to the Center, is the rightful remedy to an unconstitutional act, as it considers the recently-signed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to be. When a state nullifies a federal law, it is proclaiming that the law in question is void and inoperative, or non-effective, within the boundaries of that state; or, in other words, not a law as far as the state is concerned.

 

Today, the Tenth Amendment Center announced a different strategy for activists and state government. "We are pleased to announce model nullification legislation that is crafted to specifically address the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on a state level,” Boldin said. “We encourage grassroots activists and state legislators alike to work to get this bill passed in their home states."

The legislation, the Federal Health Care Nullification Act, would codify in state law that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "is not authorized by the Constitution of the United States...is hereby declared to be invalid...shall not be recognized...is specifically rejected...and shall be considered null and void and of no effect" within the boundaries of any state enacting it. It also mandates that it “shall be the duty” of the State’s legislature “to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement.”

“The greatest problem with relying on lawsuits by state Attorney’s General for Constitutional protection is the reality that the Supreme Court has set years and years of bad precedent, allowing the federal government to control many aspects of our lives that the Founders and Ratifiers never authorized,” said Boldin. “The real question we must ask is this,” he continued, “Does the Constitution mean what the founders said it means, or does it mean what the Supreme Court says it means…until it changes its mind?”

“Like any legal document, the words of the Constitution mean today the same as they meant the moment it was ratified,” said Boldin. “The Commerce Clause, the General Welfare Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause have not been amended, and the original Constitutional meanings of those clauses do not permit the federal government to exercise such powers.”

According to the Center, on a political level, the new health care reform legislation not only violates conservative principles by greatly enlarging federal power and control, but also is an affront to traditional progressive principles because it requires millions of people to their money to an industry that many liberals revile, and interferes with the ability of states and local communities from enacting their own health care programs as they see fit.

“It’s time to remind the federal government that We the People are in charge and not the other way around,” said Boldin. “Following the Constitution every issue, every time, without exceptions or excuses requires us to resist federal overreach and keeping our health care decisions where the Founders assured us that they’d be and where they belong…close to home.”

About the Tenth Amendment Center: 
The Tenth Amendment Center, a Los Angeles-based think tank founded in 2006, acts as an educational forum on issues related to the 10th Amendment and Constitutional governance. http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/

 

Thursday
Mar252010

NetRight Daily: Goodwin Liu and the Constitution 

The World According to Goodwin Liu:  Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to begin confirmation hearings on Barack Obama's nominee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Goodwin Liu. Liu's record itself is rather unremarkable. He has no judicial experience. He only practiced law privately for a little more than 20 months.

ObamaCare Insurance Mandate Unconstitutional:  Yesterday, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed a petition to the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia on behalf of the Commonwealth against the federal mandate imposed by ObamaCare that individuals must purchase or obtain health insurance, whether from a private insurance company or from government.

No ObamaCare for Obama:  President Obama declared that the new health care law "is going to be affecting every American family." Except his own, of course.

The Anti-Rebellion:  If Western Civilization is on its physical and philosophical deathbed – having been infected by cradle-to-grave welfare mononucleosis, multicultural whooping cough, green fever, and demographic sclerosis – then the riots in Greece aptly, and ironically, sum up this death.

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