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Ensign, DeMint to Force Vote on Health Care Bill Unconstitutionality

Press Release from the office of Senator Jim Demint (R-SC)

December 22, 2009 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) and John Ensign (R-Nevada), raised a Constitutional Point of Order on the Senate floor against the Democrat health care takeover bill on behalf of the Steering Committee, a caucus of conservative senators. The Senate will vote tomorrow on the bill’s constitutionality.

“I am incredibly concerned that the Democrats’ proposed individual mandate provision takes away too much freedom and choice from Americans across the country,” said Senator Ensign. “As an American, I felt the obligation to stand up for the individual freedom of every citizen to make their own decision on this issue. I don’t believe Congress has the legal authority to force this mandate on its citizens.”

“Forcing every American to purchase a product is absolutely inconsistent with our Constitution and the freedoms our Founding Fathers hoped to protect,” said Senator DeMint. “This is not at all like car insurance, you can choose not to drive but Americans will have no choice whether to buy government-approved insurance. This is nothing more than a bailout and takeover of insurance companies. We’re forcing Americans to buy insurance under penalty of law and then Washington bureaucrats will then dictate what these companies can sell to Americans. This is not liberty, it is tyranny of good intentions by elites in Washington who think they can plan our lives better than we can.”

Americans who fail to buy health insurance, according to the Democrats’ bill, would be subject to financial penalties. The senators believe the bill is unconstitutional because the insurance mandate is not authorized by any of the limited enumerated powers granted to the federal government. The individual mandate also likely violates the “takings” clause of the 5th Amendment.

The Democrats’ healthcare reform bill requires Americans to buy health insurance “whether or not they ever visit a doctor, get a prescription or have an operation.” If an American chooses not to buy health insurance coverage, they will face rapidly increasing taxes that will rise to $750 or 2% of their taxable income, whichever is greater.

The Congressional Budget Office once stated “A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States.”

A legal study by scholars at the nonpartisan Heritage Foundation concluded: “An individual mandate to enter into a contract with or buy a particular product from a private party, with tax penalties to enforce it, is unprecedented– not just in scope but in kind–and unconstitutional as a matter of first principles and under any reasonable reading of judicial precedents.”

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Health Care | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Here we go again: GOP committing suicide

Just when Conservatives were gaining ground (see here, here, and here), two Republicans who were among the most respected in our community have been caught with their pants down…literally.  What in the Hell is wrong with these idiots?

Last week, Sen. Ensign (R-NV) admitted having an affair with a member of his campaign staff.  This is the same Senator who called for the resignation of Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) when he was caught soliciting gay sex in the restroom of an airport and President Clinton after his infidelity in the White House came to light.  Ensign referred to Craig as a “disgrace” and said Clinton “has no credibility left.”  Now his escapades have exposed him as a hypocrite and the Conservative philosophy will pay the price.

And if the Ensign affair didn’t do enough damage, today another rising star in the Republican party crashed to the ground after disappearing for four days and reappearing to reveal his own philandering.  South Carolina Gov. Mark Stanford, who made national headlines when he attempted to refuse federal dollars from the Obama “stimulus” package bound for his state, publicly admitted that he too has been unfaithful to his wife.  And again, the Conservative cause suffers a staggering blow.

Both Ensign and Sanford have resigned their party leadership positions, but neither has offered to resign from their elected office.  More ammunition for the left-wing press and blogosphere to dismantle what had been growing support for Conservative ideology and to bolster support of Democrats’ Socialist agenda.  And that’s the worst part of these revelations.

These two have not only inflicted terrible pain on their families, but also on present and future generations of Americans.  Their infidelity undermines what was the American people’s growing trust in the GOP and a Conservative approach to governing our country.  Their selfish actions will not only injure their families, but mine and yours as well.  Our children will suffer because many voters who recently switched to supporting our philosophy and those who would have soon switched will likely return to the party that panders to and embraces morally bankrupt philanderers.  And every day they remain in office, every statement they release, and every appearance they make will remind voters of their betrayal.  That betrayal won’t simply be attributed to these two hypocrites, but will also be assigned to the GOP.

These two lying, cheating bastards have just counterracted months of effort many of us have expended in an effort to rebuild the Republican party since the November election.  As bad as I hate the thought of President Obama having filibuster-proof control of the Senate, I hate the thought of a low-life hypocritical scumbag like Ensign remaining in place representing the GOP even more.  Virginia and North Carolina turned blue last November, and Sanford’s refusal to resign in South Carolina may be enough to turn that state blue as well.

So I just want to give a big, facetious Thank You to these two worthless bastards.  And to any other Republican politicians who profess to stand for family values while screwing around on their spouse…take your lying, cheating, worthless asses over to the party that encourages broken promises, broken marriages, and broken lives now! That’s where you belong.


You can read Sanford’s emails between the lying, cheating philanderer and his mistress here.

June 24, 2009 Posted by | GOP, Values | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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