Posted by: rotenochsen | October 16, 2009

FEDERALISM UNDER ATTACK BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

Posted by Jax Hawk on Friday, October 16, 2009 9:28:34 AM
Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” —Ronald Reagan

Despite the fact that Obama advocates, Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi are pushing hard to force unread and undwritten Health Care legislation through their respective bodies of Congress. There is still a slim chnce that some Democrats, and all but the  RINOS, will realize that what they are supporting is not only anti-free enterprise, but dangerously close to being un-constitutional.
In the middle of the 19th century Americans fought a bloody war that pitted in many cases brother against brother to determine if we would remain one country or two divided by the Mason Dixie line.

Survey after suevey has shown that once again this is a country divided! Half of the country wants the government to take care of them from cradle to grave, and a good portion of this group has bought into the class hatred principal of hating the sucessfull wealthy, and desire redistribution of the wealth. Unfortunately so does our president! As he has said numerous times before he was elected president.

The other half still believes in states rights and the freedom to prosper if they become educated, work hard and follow the rules. But now it appears the Democrats in control are about to put a knife in the back of the free enterprise system in the name of “reforming” our healh care system. The envy of the world!
And unfortunately, this is only the begining of the demolishing of our Republic as this following quote illustrates.

“The founding fathers of the American Republic are the authors of a brilliant design of the distribu­tion of political power between the national govern­ment and the states. The national government, under the Constitution, is responsible for the gener­al concerns of the republic; the state governments are the custodians of the people’s trusts and are authorized to address their particular concerns. This is the essence of federalism.
America’s federalist system should not be destroyed in a narrow ideological hot pursuit of an illusory perfection: a nationalized health care sys­tem that will provide perfect security and will “bend the cost curve” downward. The massive bills on Capitol Hill will do neither.

From the inception of the Republic, Americans have been instinctively skeptical of the notion that Washington politicians, and the national bureau­crats who supposedly answer to them, are success­fully able to micromanage the affairs of tens of millions of individuals and their families.

Americans desperately need sound common sense and consequential health care reform. This means a reform that will result in a measurable expansion of private insurance coverage and control of cost. There is a great deal of work to do. While guaranteeing accessibility and controlling the costs of health care, Americans should reject national micromanagement and let the market work. They, and their elected representatives in Con­gress, should support major federal reforms that change tax policies that undercut consumer choice in the health insurance markets and federal regulatory burdens that stifle state reforms and subvert patient choice.

The states have a key role to play. State policy­makers should support the growing movement in the states themselves that support the protection and expansion of patient choice in health care. State officials should also insist on keeping state control of health insurance regulation. At the same time, they should take bold steps to enhance patient choice, and create an environment that rewards high-quality care from physicians and other medical professionals. If they are true to their public trust, if they are to defend the legitimate interests of their citizens, state officials must stand with their citizens and reject policies that would put the United States on a glide path to single-payer, government control of the health care of every American”.

The Honorable Thomas C. Feeney is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida and former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives

Amen to all of what he has to say!!

Source:

[1]David F. Forte and Matthew Spalding, eds., The Heritage Guide to the Constitution (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing Inc., 2005), and Eugene W. Hickok, Why States? The Challenge of Federalism (Washington, D.C.: The Heritage Foundation, 2007).


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