NYTimes: 10th Amendment Really Just a Plot By Big Health Insurance

As it so often does, the New York Times gave much-deserved credit to its readership’s intelligence Monday, with an article describing the brewing battle over health care “reform” at the state level as the work of insidious insurance lobbyists, who have apparently been plotting for years to derail the ever-shifting corporatist giveaway known as ObamaCare.…

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Pelosi Dispels Tenth Amendment “Myths”

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This email from Nancy Pelosi to her supporters is the definition of Congressional doublespeak, rife with misleading statements like:

“Rather than creating a ‘government takeover of health care,’…America’s Affordable Health Choices Act…will expand enrollment in private insurance by an estimated 6 million Americans.”

Um, Nancy, mandating that all Americans buy a certain kind of insurance from certain government-approved providers is a “government takeover of health care.” It doesn’t matter if you then call those companies “private.”

That’s like saying Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are actually private entities because they are owned by individual shareholders.

Does she really think we are this stupid?

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Constitutional Contempt

Listening to the Glenn Beck show last week, I was struck by an exchange between Glenn and one of his co-hosts. They were discussing the Monica Lewinsky debacle of the late nineties and paraphrased the national dialog at the time as something like this:

Republicans: President Clinton had an affair in the Oval Office.

Democrats: No, he didn’t.

Republicans: Yes, he did.

Democrats: No, he didn’t.

Republicans: Yes, he did. He just admitted it on national television.

Democrats: It doesn’t matter.

I’ve noticed the same thing happening today in the health care debate with regard to the Constitution.

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Limiting Power is Racist?

That’s what opponents of the Constitution would like you to believe – if you oppose massive government expansion, you must be some out-of-control racist nutcase.

Like in this video:

Josh Eboch has written a number of good articles on this particular election race of late:

http://www.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2009/10/27/the-left-vs-the-tenthers-on-getting-states-rights-wrong/

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2009/10/virginia-progressives-are-getting-nervous/

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2009/10/virginias-ken-cuccinelli-will-be-a-much-needed-friend-of-the-tenth-amendment/

A Thug in a Suit

Before this week, I had never heard Senator Charles Grassley speak – on anything. In the last few days, though, I’ve been sent a number of emails about him being a “strong 10th Amendment supporter.” Skeptical of any Senator in DC actually supporting the Constitution in a meaningful way, I browsed around YouTube and found what must’ve incited the onslaught of emails about him. It was a clip called “Sen. Grassley: Health Overhaul Violates 10th Amendment.”

Title: Good.

Before the 1:30 mark, he had this to say:

“This is the first time in the 222 year history of our country that we have forced you as a constituent – any of our constituents – to buy a product…..And if you don’t buy it, IRS is gonna tax a family $1500.”

Interesting comment. Ok, I’m listening.

He’s then asked a question: “Is this Constitutional – forcing them to buy it and punishing them through the IRS if they don’t?”

His response

“Uh…I’m not a lawyer …”

Alert: Politician Code Word.

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