Et tu, Heritage?

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The Heritage Foundation is opposed to state nullification. The peons have evidently latched onto an idea that has not been approved for them in advance by either National Review or the New Republic, so it is time for a ritual scolding. Why, didn’t you know, citizen, that if you think a federal law is unconstitutional we can change that law? Happens all the time! All. The. Time. And we have courts, too, which have done a splendid job restraining the institution that employs them. What kind of crank could be unsatisfied with this?

Since I’m getting things together for the first lecture in my online U.S. history course for the Mises Academy tonight, I don’t have time for the usual point-by-point reply. But I don’t need one. I see almost nothing here that isn’t already addressed in my standard reply to objections.

A few highlights, though:

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Legislative Alert! NJ vs TSA

CLICK HERE – to track legislation rejecting TSA scanners, searches, etc.

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In a previous post, I had referred to New Jersey as DC’s most willing crony State, and had challenged the Legislature and the People to prove me wrong. I’m not one to count my chickens before they hatch, but three bills currently under consideration by two New Jersey State Senate committees may be the first few steps in doing that. Whether or not they are depends greatly on the amount of pressure put on our elected officials in Trenton, especially in an election year.

Each individual bill is designed to address different aspects of the abuse of power by the TSA via invasive searches and body scans. The synopses of each bill are as follows:

S2509: “Specifies that certain images generated by body scans violate State statutes prohibiting invasion of privacy, pornography, and endangerment of child welfare under certain circumstances.”

S2510: “Makes certain body searches third degree crime of sexual assault under certain circumstances.”

S2511: “Prohibits use of body imaging scanners to screen passengers and airline crew members.”

What separates these bills from other legislation consistent with the Tenth Amendment Center’s goals in New Jersey is that there are provisions that actually give the legislation teeth, combining Nullification AND Interposition. S2509 and S2510 provides for criminal penalties for federal agents who participate in the overintrusive pat downs and body scans, while S2511 opens up federal agents to civil suits.

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NC Governor Perdue Vetoes The Health Care Freedom Act

An update from Dr. Dan Eichenbaum:

On Saturday, NC Governor Beverly Perdue chose to veto The Health Care Freedom Act (NC House Bill 2).  While her use of the executive veto is legitimate political action, in this instance it represents a wanton disregard for the wishes of a majority of our state’s legislators and citizens.

ObamaCare (HR 3590) prevents an individual from purchasing cost-effective health insurance tailored to his or her health status (section 2701) and requires them to obtain coverage for all risks regardless of personal exposure (section 1302).  The “Value-Based Payment Modifier” (section 3007) allows a group of fifteen unelected bureaucrats to decide what medical care regimen is permissible for each patient based on cost-effectiveness and provides for fines and incarceration of physicians who don’t comply.  The “Independent Payment Advisory Board” (section 3403) caps Medicare spending to a percentage of GDP at a time when the number of seniors covered by and entering the program is increasing.

In spite of assurances from the Obama administration, it is unlikely that you will be able to keep your current health insurance policy or your personal physician.  As a 35-year medical professional whose first priority is to my patient, l find this completely unacceptable.”

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