Senate Vote on Rand Paul’s Budget

Last week, a motion to proceed on a budget resolution introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was decisively defeated in the Senate (7 in favor, 90 opposed). Paul’s proposal would have balanced the budget in five years (fiscal year 2016) through spending cuts and no tax increases. Social Security and Medicare would not have been altered. Instead, the proposal merely instructed relevant congressional committees to enact reforms that would achieve “solvency” over a 75-year window.

That’s hardly radical.

Paul’s proposed spending cuts were certainly bold by Washington’s standards, but they weren’t radical either. For example, military spending would have been cut, in part, by reducing the government’s bootprint abroad. From the Paul proposal:

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Kansas governor signs health care freedom act

TOPEKA, Kan. (June 1, 2011) – In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give in, remaining seated when told to move to the back of the bus.

The state of Kansas joined Parks in spirit this morning, refusing to give in and allow the federal government to trample on its sovereignty over health care – an issue left to the states and the people under the Tenth Amendment.

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a health care freedom act into law Wednesday morning.

Provisions in HB2182 target the individual insurance mandate in the federal health care act passed by Congress last year, and prohibit any law from forcing Kansans citizens to purchase health insurance.

A resident of this state has the right to purchase health insurance or refuse purchase health insurance. The government shall not interfere with a resident’s right to purchase health insurance or with a resident’s right to refuse to purchase health insurance.

The bill also provides that Kansas residents can pay directly for health care and prohibits punishment for failure to participate in any health care program.

The government shall not enact a law that would restrict these rights or that would impose a form of punishment for exercising these rights. No provision of this section shall render a resident of this state liable for any punishment, penalty, assessment, fee or fine as a result of such resident’s failure to procure or obtain health insurance coverage or participate in any health care system or plan.

The legislation overwhelmingly passed the Kansas Senate 38-1, and the amended version passed the House 107-14.

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Utah’s Upcoming Opportunity to Uphold the Fourth and Oppose the TSA

Texas has shown leadership in standing up to the TSA and protecting the right of innocent individuals to travel without being molested by a government agent. As was documented in an article on the national TAC site a couple of days ago, the state has unfortunately capitulated as a result of a direct threat from the…

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