Daily Kos “Refutes” the Tenth Amendment

Although I don’t expect the state sovereignty movement to get a fair hearing over at Daily Kos, the total historical ignorance and vacuous credulity of some liberals never ceases to amaze me.

A recent post, which purports to offer intellectual firepower capable of refuting the arguments of “tenthers,” essentially states that “Everything the federal government does is constitutional because the federal government says so.”

Observe:

Obviously Medicare, Social Security, and the Air Force (yes, I’ve had tenthers tell me the Air Force is unconstitutional) are legal because we’ve had them for decades without being struck down by the Supreme Court.

Obviously. Except that the Constitution explicitly did not grant the federal government authority to do anything beyond its enumerated powers, and what was necessary and proper to exercise its enumerated powers. That would by definition render both Medicare and Social Security (the Air Force being a red herring) unconstitutional.

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The Left and State-Level Health Care

It seems like people on the “right” aren’t the only ones talking about a state-level health care program. ¬†Over at DailyKos, the “left,” there appears to be some flickering of a light bulb turning on.

For example, this recent diary entry, “States Rights Public Option Solution.” Here’s an excerpt:

Each state’s legislature pass their own “public option” for everyone in their state.

You won’t have to worry about moderate blue dog democrats and republicans. It would be FAR easier.

Everyone in a state gets access to government health care, everyone in that state pays taxes to cover it, and only people living in that state get to use it.

Sounds almost voluntary Рwell, at least in comparison to a national plan that will never please more than about 1/2 the people in this country.  

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