Stopping the Compact from Becoming a Trojan Horse

by Nick Dranias, Goldwater Institute

Tea Parties across the country have been championing the idea of using interstate compacts—which are basically legal agreements among the states—as a way of delaying the roll-out of President Obama’s so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The most popular compact idea, the “Health Care Compact,” has already been adopted by Texas, Utah, Missouri, Indiana, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Georgia. It promises to move “the responsibility and authority for regulating health care from the federal government to the states.”

There’s only one problem. Section 1333 of the federal health care law specifically anticipates what it calls “Health Care Choice Compacts” and prescribes how such compacts must be organized, allowing them to exist only if they replicate nearly all of Obamacare’s most burdensome and costly regulations. In short, this little known provision could easily co-opt and subvert the growing Health Care Compact movement to ensure federal law continues to govern even the states that join the compact.

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The “He’s Kept us Safe” Scam

by Jack Hunter

When I used to blast President Bush for being the most big government president in history at that date, my fellow conservatives would remind me that “Bush kept us safe.” In other words, despite doubling the Department of Education through No Child Left Behind, giving us the largest entitlement expansion since Lyndon Johnson with Medicare Plan D, TARP, bank and auto bailouts, and the doubling of our national debt—Bush should still be considered a success for preventing another 9/11 from occurring. Never mind that 9/11 happened on Bush’s watch. Never mind that by these parameters it could also be said that Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter “kept us safe.” What matters is that many Republicans still retain and defend this narrative, or as Governor Jeb Bush reminded his party of his brother during this year’s Republican National Convention: “During incredibly challenging times… he kept us safe.”

Now, Barack Obama “keeps us safe.” As of this writing, the final presidential debate, a foreign policy debate, has yet to take place. But if this year’s Democratic National Convention gave us any idea of what to expect, the President can not only brag that he has prevented another 9/11 from taking place during his watch, he can make the biggest boast of all—Obama killed Osama.

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Our Choice: Stand up or Lay Down Quietly

The Constitution was established to provide limited centralized government. It was established as an “agent” or servant of the States. It was to serve the common interests of the States so that they can act like a “Union” of states and not 13 independent states. But the servant became the master — not by force, but by stealth. It happened over many years as elected officials lost sight of the goals of the Constitution an un-engaged citizenry forgot that it was THEIR document. They forgot the pivotal role that the Constitution plays in securing their fundamental rights.

George Washington warned: “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” He was trying to warn us of the danger of allowing the government to extend beyond its constitutional boundaries.

In fact, our Founding Fathers and those who ratified the Constitution in their state conventions, gave us plenty of warning as to the dangers of a centralized government.

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