Establisment of Tenth Amendment Commission considered in Iowa

House File 419 was introduced by Wagner, Huseman, De Boef, Klein, Paustian, Chambers, Pearson and would establish a commission to monitor federal actions affecting the … “state that require or would require this state or a state officer to execute or enforce a provision of federal law that violates the Constitution of the State of Iowa or that lies outside the federal government’s enumerated powers under the Constitution of the United States and intrudes on the sovereignty reserved to the states …”

The proposed bill points to numerous objections to unconstitutional actions by the federal government, here are just a few:

The Constitution of the United States enumerates certain specific powers delegated to the federal government.

The Ninth amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”


Seventh state steps into ring to fight NDAA kidnapping

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Feb. 23, 2012) – On Wednesday, Missouri became the seventh state considering legislation the would nullify detention provisions without due process in the National Defense Authorization Act.

Sen. Brian Nieves (R-Washington) introduced the Missouri Liberty Preservation Act. SB819 prevents Missouri from, “participating or providing material support for the implementation of sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.”

The Missouri bill contains some of the strongest language against NDAA detention yet.

“The enactment into law by the United States Congress of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 is inimical to the liberty, security, and well-being of the people of Missouri, and was adopted by the United States Congress in violation of the limits of federal power in the Constitution of the United States, including but not limited to, those listed in subsection 2 of this section.”

The law would not only prohibit the State of Missouri from providing any support for NDAA kidnapping provisions, but would also make it a class B misdemeanor for any agent of the state to assist the federal government in enforcing sections 1021 or 1022, and a class A misdemeanor for any federal agent attempting to enforce the provisions in the Show Me State.


USPS: Stuck With the Government Business Model

The U.S. Postal Service has released a new five-year plan for congressional consideration that it says would get the beleaguered government mail monopoly on sounder financial footing and thus avoid a taxpayer bailout. The plan repeats previous suggestions (i.e., workforce reductions, postal network consolidations, elimination of Saturday delivery, elimination of the retiree healthcare benefit funding requirement) and proposes an increase in the price of a first-class stamp from forty-five to fifty cents.

Whether or not it would achieve what the USPS hopes, it probably doesn’t matter given that asking Congress for greater operational flexibility is like asking a two year old to stop playing with their food. That’s why the focus should be on completely transitioning the USPS from a government-run business to a privately-run business (or perhaps businesses).

Over at the Courier Express and Postal Observer blog, Alan Robinson says that “just like all plans that came before, [the new USPS plan] started with the assumption that the Postal Service remains a quasi-governmental entity.” As a result, Robinson notes that the plan is missing two key ingredients for success that foreign posts have utilized: private capital and an expanded range of products and services.