Missouri says NO to Health Exchanges

On Tuesday, the people of Missouri voted on The Missouri Health Care Exchange Question. This is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment offered to voters as a ballot measure.

A legislatively-referred constitutional amendment is a limited form of direct democracy, in this case a voter determined nullification.

The ballot summary reads as follows….

Shall Missouri Law be amended to prohibit the Governor or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature?

The measure passed overwhelmingly and is now an amendment to the Missouri State Constitution.

61% – YES
38% – NO

Gov. Jay Nixon acknowledged Thursday that Missouri will not be able to set up an online marketplace for residents to shop for health insurance as envisioned under President Barack Obama’s health care plan.

Nixon exclaims…

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John Boehner, Get out of Our Way

John Boehner, speaker of the House, has told the world that repealing Obamacare is no longer his mission. In his own words:

Diane Sawyer, ABC News: You had said, next year, that you would repeal the healthcare vote. Is that still your mission?

Speaker John Boehner: I think that the election changes that. It’s pretty clear that the president was reelected, Obamacare is the law of the land.

Diane Sawyer, ABC News: But you won’t be spending the time next year trying to repeal Obamacare?

Speaker John Boehner: There are certainly maybe parts of it that we believe need to be changed, we may do that. No decisions at this point.

At best, relying on federal politicians to repeal a federal law – you get “we may do that.” The fact is this – the only time that these people ever give hard rhetoric about standing up to federal power is on the campaign trail. When it’s over, it’s business as usual.

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Hickenlooper insults his voters

On November 6th, after Colorado’s election numbers came in and solidified that Colorado was the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper made this statement…

“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly.”

Hey Governor, here’s some news… Federal Law only trumps state laws in cases where the power has been delegated to the Feds in the Constitution.

This would include running the post office, delivering the mail, and other limited powers spelled out in the Constitution. For the federal government to distort the meaning of the Supremacy Clause to make it seem like they have the power to do anything they like is the definition of a tyranny.

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AGs: States’ Sovereignty Advances Liberty

This article, AGs: States’ Sovereignty Advances Liberty, captures a strategy for working through the system and its structure.  It’s about Stage AG offices using their powers to help thwart federal advances.  Here’s an excerpt:

The Center for Individual Freedom’s “State Sovereignty Project” is being planted in soil already made fertile by resolute actions of conservative state attorneys general. The antiquated term of “states’ rights” doesn’t do justice to their efforts, because they really are defending the states’ ability to look out for their citizens’ individual rights, prerogatives and well-being.

Consider Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma. So dedicated is he to the principle of “federalism” – the vertical diffusion of power allowing the states on some subjects to limit the dangerous centralizing power of the federal government – that he has assigned a team of attorneys to a separate “office of federalism” devoted exclusively to fighting abuses by the feds. Within two months, his team was fighting expensive, overly burdensome, bureaucratic meddling with small community banks, without proper rulemaking authority, by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Due to Pruitt’s efforts, the FDIC backed down.

On another front, Pruitt has taken the lead in fighting “regulation by litigation” – a practice by which outside activist groups file apparently pre-arranged lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency. Quite amazingly, the EPA then enters a “consent decree” with a court within a single day, granting the activists what they wanted and binding multiple states to expensive restrictions without ever letting the states have a chance even to comment on what amounts to a new federal rule. Going through the normal rule-making process, open to public comment and review, might take years; this way, the EPA does it overnight without benefit of sunlight or procedural fairness.

This is another weapon in the fight for liberty and freedom, as defined in the US. Constitution and most individual State constitutions, defending, protecting the “blessing of liberty.”  There is or should be little question in anyone’s minds that the America Revolution was NOT to beat one tyrannical government and set up another, but to defend the newly found way of life, the ‘blessings of liberty’ found in America.

So, here we have Attorney Generals (AGs) of the several states taking a stand for the “are defending the states’ ability to look out for their citizens’ individual rights, prerogatives and well-being.” The article states that it is conservative AGs, but I suggest it is the underlying humanity of the issue that matters, and not their political affiliation.

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What’s Next is Up to Us!

Shattered by the disastrous presidential election outcome, at midnight after the election I quietly and somberly lowered the American flag and replaced it with a defiant “Don’t Tread on Me” banner which will remain aloft for as long as such ideologues occupy this nation’s capital.

Pollyannas take careful note: at best, the Republic is now in limbo. Not quite dead and buried yet, but not quite alive either. More accurately, it’s on life-support. So, on that score let’s stop deluding ourselves. If we are to restore constitutional governance, American exceptionalism and economic productivity we must all unite and fearlessly commit ourselves to patriotic a-c-t-i-o-n. No more excuses. No more waiting for it to take care of itself. No more whining. It’s too late for anything but active and constructive engagement.

Obviously, the “experts” grossly underestimated Obama’s well-organized political machine as well as the commitment of Obama’s utopian drones who, having bought into his false promises of free bread and circuses, mindlessly turned out in unanticipated numbers to sweep the Obama thugocracy back into power.

I could say we all get what we deserve in a democracy. Problem is I, like 48 million other Americans, didn’t vote for four more years of corruption, mendacity and imperial rule. The ballot box is not always the panacea we hope it to be.

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