The Pesky Neighbor and the Debt Ceiling

by Ron Paul

Imagine you had a pesky neighbor who somehow took out a mortgage on his house in your name and by some legal trickery you were obligated to pay for it. Imagine watching this neighbor throw drunken parties, buy expensive cars, add more rooms to the house, and hire dozens of people to wait on him hand and foot. Imagine that he also managed to take out several credit cards in your name. One by one, he would max them out and then use your good name and credit to obtain another credit card, then another and then another. Each time, this neighbor would claim that he needed the new credit card to pay interest on the other maxed out credit cards. If he defaulted on those cards, your credit score would be hurt and when you wanted to buy something for yourself, it would be more difficult to get a loan and the interest you paid would be higher. Imagine that you mulled this over, and time after time, said nothing as he filled out more credit applications so he would not have to default on the other debt taken out in your name. Meanwhile, another shiny new Mercedes appears in his driveway. At what point do you think you might get tired of this game? And, even though you are left with no really good options, do you think you might eventually tell him to go ahead and default, just stop spending your money!

This analogy demonstrates the position we are in with our government and the debt ceiling. The government has run up a huge debt in the name of the American people, who are sick and tired of being on the hook for it. There are no really good options left. Defaulting on a portion of the debt may not be without costs, but it is better than handing the government yet another credit card.

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Health care freedom on Buckeye ballot

The Tenth Amendment declares emphatically that all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution are reserved to the States, or to the people.

In Ohio, the people will have the opportunity to speak.

On Tuesday, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted certified 426,998 petition signatures, more than enough to place a state constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot. If passed, the amendment will make it illegal for any local, state or federal law to require Ohio residents to purchase health insurance, effectively nullifying a key component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.

“This puts the decision making right where it belongs, in the hands of Ohioans,” Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey said. “The entire health care bill is unconstitutional, but not even the most twisted constitutional reading can wring out a federal power to require Americans to buy health insurance. Hopefully, the people of Ohio will take this opportunity to tell the feds to take a long hike off a short bridge.”

Polling seems to indicate they will. A March 2011 survey by the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati indicated that 57 percent of Ohioans hold an unfavorable view of the health care act.

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Has It Really Come To This?

cross-posted from the Rhode Island Tenth Amendment Center

How is it that there even exists a Food Freedom Ordinance (http://www.stevenscountyassembly.com/blog-entry/farm/food-freedom-ordinance-final) anywhere in the United States? With many of our liberties being seemingly taken away by bogus legislation, this one goes to the heart of the matter. Our way of life in America is under attack, starting with the dismantling of our Constitution. There has been so much focus on the Constitution being outdated and no longer applicable in our present day lives. WHAT? People, this is simple. If you live (legally) in the U.S., you agree to live by our U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the state in which you reside. In fact, it is your duty as a citizen to do so (http://freedomwatch.uservoice.com/forums/16625-freedom-watch-show-ideas/suggestions/169053-since-the-constitution-isn-t-enforced-what-remedy).

Since we are natural beings, we are designed to be outdoors and working the land as part of our natural makeup. So the applicable analogy here is: If one has the unalienable right to plant a garden, then ignores it (by choice), one does not eat. If one has the unalienable right to be free, then does not practice (by choice), that which extends ones’ freedom, then that person is enslaved. Much of mankind has ignored that which keeps him free, evidenced throughout much of the Middle East, much of Asia and Africa for so long; and which therefore, now becomes the encroaching enslavement of the West. Further, it could be contended that focus on the erosion of our U.S. Constitution is an intentional diversion away from what people really should be focusing on to maintain many of their freedoms. The unalienable rights referred to of course are found in the Declaration Of Independence. These unalienable rights preceed (In Congress, July 4, 1776) the Constitution (September 17, 1787) itself, just as mans’ desire to be free has preceeded every document or declaration of law as far back as Adam.

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Will Failure to Preserve Federalism Cost Us Our Liberty?

Many do not know that we live under two political systems: one primarily national in function, the other primarily domestic. It’s called federalism—the two share power and are equal. Neither was to be subservient to the other and each was to have separate duties. Thomas Jefferson explained it best when he said, “The states are not subordinate to the national government but rather the two are coordinate departments of one single and integral whole…. The one is domestic the other the foreign branch of the same government.”

Think of this relationship as an ideal marriage, where neither partner is subservient to the other. The duties in a relationship are gradually assigned to one partner or the other. Neither feels beneath the other, rather they are a team.

Though this was the ideal, the Founders were aware of the nature of all governments to grow. George Washington articulated this when he warned, “Government is like fire, a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” In order to ensure that this fire does not spread too far and burn down the home, one builds a fireplace to keep the fire under control. That fireplace is the Constitution, particularly Section 8, which outlines all powers that are given to Congress. Everything Congress did was to be clearly linked to at least one of these enumerated grants of power. In essence the States, who created the Federal Government, retained unto themselves all other powers as per Amendments 9 and 10 of the Constitution.

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The hyper-regulating executive branch

Over at National Review Online, Jim Lacey has done everyone a favour by illustrating the utter contempt the federal government has come to have for the document that gives it its very life – the U.S. Constitution.  He draws a hideous picture of an executive branch engaged not in some occasional rule-making of a trifling sort, which would be bad enough, but in hyper-legislating, an unconscionable violation of the separation of powers between the Congress (in whom the power to write federal laws has been solely vested) and the executive branch:

‘The first Federal Register was issued in 1936. It contained eleven pages! For the first 147 years of the nation’s existence under the Constitution we somehow managed to get by with only eleven pages of regulations.  . . .  By 2008 the Federal Register contained 31,879 documents and 79,435 pages, while the Code of Federal Regulations comprised 163,333 pages in 226 individual books. Rules have been accumulating at a rate of nine pages a day since 1936.’

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/272199/end-regulatory-overreach-jim-lacey

This unrestrained law writing by executive agencies, this ‘metastisizing’ of the regulatory state, as Mr Lacey rightly calls it, has occurred under the watch of both Republicans and Democrats and with the blessing, implicit or explicit, of all three branches of the federal government.

So what does Mr Lacey propose as a solution to this problem he is rightly grieved over?

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