It is hard to believe, but it was only a couple of weeks ago when the world seemed all a-dither about the “Slaughter Solution”. You all remember: This was the suggestion that the House of Representatives would simply wag the back of its collective hand, and “deem” to have “passed” the Senate’s version of Health Care Legislation.
As it turned out, this was a Bridge Too Far, even for the notorious Trolls underneath that bridge. So, Representatives took up the Senate’s bill, and voted that it was just fine the way it was, except for a few hundred changes that cold be hashed out later. So, the Senate Version became law.
The only problem with this is, well, it’s illegal. And nobody gives a crap.
Please read Article One, Section Seven of the United States Constitution: Clause 1: All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” (emphasis mine)
The Senate Bill originated, well, er, in the Senate. It’s provisions for raising revenue (i.e., the fines for not complying with the Individual Insurance Mandate, etc.) came from the Senate Bill. It NEVER ORIGINATED IN THE HOUSE. This is why the use of “reconciliation” for this purpose was so defamatory to the intent not only of the reconciliation process, but the Constitution itself. The founders were VERY CLEAR about how laws regarding taxation (or fines, or whatever the hell these people want to call “taxes” actually call them) would originate, and they debated long and hard about it. But, our vaunted Democrat Congress doesn’t care.
Now, granted, ol’ Harry Reid knew this process was an illegal sham, so he inserted some language into the Senate Reconciliation that said, well, the Senate Bill really originated in the House. THIS IS THE SAME DAMNABLE FRAUD AS THE SLAUGHTER SOLUTION, AND NO ONE SEEMS TO CARE OR NOTICE.
This “Law” is not a “Law”, but a decree. And, thus, freeborn citizens of the United States have a moral obligation to not only oppose it, but actively refuse to participate in its impostion, and its effect.
The consequences of this are unfathomable. The Constitution was completely ignored by people sworn to uphold it– this is not even arguable. This is an outrage, and we need to educate people about it. In my opinion, Barack Obama can be impeached (yes, IMPEACHED) simply for signing this into law when HE KNEW FULL WELL THAT THE CONSITITUTION HAD BEEN EGGREGIOUSLY VIOLATED when this bill was sent to him for his signature.
Is it too much to ask that our Legislators follow the rules as so painstakingly laid out in the Constitution, and that all freeborn citizens of the United States INSIST that it be so? I might be laughed at as a Kook, a Nut, but whatever: If the Rebuplicans don’t make a big stinking deal about this, and insist that on this issue alone that the bill MUST be repealed, then I know our republic is doomed. And that’s for real, folks. Right now, as of April 4th, 2010 we have no law with any limits, only authoritarian, tyrannical decrees.