Politicians from both major parties LOVE the Tenth Amendment. Except when they don’t. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both pleaded the Tenth in recent weeks. Romney drug her out to defend his Massachusetts version of government health care. And the president used old No. 10 to prop up his defense of gay marriage. And yet…Details
According to the West Chester Patch, two Tenth Amendment legislative items are on the House calendar in Pennsylvania this week.
First, the House State Government Committee will take up SB10, “A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, providing for health care services“, in a hearing beginning at 9am tomorrow. This legislation proposes an amendment to our state Constitution which prohibits:
- laws requiring an individual to purchase health insurance;
- penalties for direct payment for health care services; and
- penalties, taxes, assessments or fees for failure to purchase health insurance.
Introduced on May 14, 2012, AJR66 “respectfully urges the President and the Secretary of Defense to withdraw all New Jersey National Guard personnel from Afghanistan.”
The resolution includes statements on the cost and continuation of Operation Enduring Freedom, the sacrifice of multiple tours and the continued “deployment may leave the citizens of the State of New Jersey vulnerable in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack as the New Jersey National Guard may not have the personnel or equipment to adequately respond to an emergency.”
The absence of Vermont’s National Guard helicopters after Hurricane Irene might have served as a wake up call. All of Vermont’s urgently needed Black Hawk choppers were in Iraq.
This statement in the resolution seems to address “blow back” – the CIA’s term for unintended consequences:Details