New Hampshire to Review Federal Financial Control of our State Sovereignty

HB 590 passed the House 228 – 111; it calls for a committee to review state participation in federal grant-in-aid programs. Considering that over 50% of the State budget and laws associated with that spending is controlled by the Federal government; this is a prudent first step to shine some light on an area of financial Sovereignty for the State.

In a recent town hall meeting a lady was explaining to me that if we as a State simply participated in more Federal programs we would get more Federal money and be like those States who get back 2 and 3 dollars for every dollar we sent to Washington D.C. instead of the 85 cents on the dollar that we get back now.

Unfortunately a portion of those Federal programs must be paid for by the State budget, and in the process we must make State laws that comply with the requirements to participate in those programs; the Federal government can change the rules any time they like and we are forced to comply or leave the program. The Federal government has been known on occasions to create programs that get the people hooked on a social service just to remove Federal funding later and leave the State holding the bag or explaining to the citizens why we have to cut the program; in other cases they leverage existing grants to demand we participate in unrelated programs and spend our own money doing so.

Details

Tennessee Passes Health Care Freedom Act

On Monday, the Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act cleared its last hurdle in the Tennessee General Assembly.  The House voted 70 to 27 to pass the legislation, following on the heels of the Senate passage of SB0079 on February 23.  This bill provides vital protections to Tennesseans who choose not to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed by Congress last year.   The Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act states:

It is declared that the public policy of this state, consistent with our constitutionally recognized and inalienable right of liberty, is that every person within this state is and shall be free to choose or to decline to choose any mode of securing health care services without penalty or threat of penalty.

It is declared that the public policy of this state, consistent with our constitutionally recognized and inalienable right of liberty, is that every person within this state has the right to purchase health insurance or to refuse to purchase health insurance. The government may not interfere with a citizen’s right to purchase health insurance or with a citizen’s right to refuse to purchase health insurance. The government may not enact a law that would restrict these rights or that would impose a form of punishment for exercising either of these rights. Any law to the contrary shall be void ab initio.

The bill will be heading to Governor Bill Haslam’s desk shortly.

Details

Rick Perry 1, Obama 0

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bernie Quigley will be a featured speaker at Nullify Now! New Hampshire. Get tickets and info here – http://www.nullifynow.com/newhampshire/ – or by calling 888-71-TICKETS

*******

. . . states rights, states rights, states rights . . . !
– Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, at the first Tea Party event on April 15, 2009

To put it simply, the most astonishing thing that has happened these past two years is that the states have suddenly seen, as if through a glass darkly, that they do not have to do what the federal government tells them to do. Consider the consequences. The idea seemed incomprehensible when it was first presented up here in northern New England five years ago. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s truly shocked comment when she was told she couldn’t just do anything she wanted was, “Are you serious? Are you serious?” Today, the Supreme Court faces state sovereignty challenges which promise to shake the nation.

Details