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A Doctor Savages His Cousin Barack's Reform Plan
By Dr. Milton R. Wolf
"Primum nil nocere."First, do no harm. This guiding principle is a bedrock of medical care. Sadly, those politicians who would rewrite our health care laws do not live in the same universe as do the doctors and health care professionals who must practice it.
Imagine if, like physicians, politicians were personally held to the
incredibly high level of scrutiny that includes civil and financial
liability for any unintended consequence of their decisions. Imagine if
they were forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars each year on
malpractice insurance and still faced the threat of multimillion-dollar
lawsuits with every single decision they made. If so, a government
takeover of health care would be the furthest thing from their minds.
Heritage Foundation March 10, 2010
You might have seen this week a stunning demonstration of political condescension on the health care front. In remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for the National Association of Counties, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.”
During our last meeting at Norton's, a discussion of Executive Orders was brought to the floor. Although executives orders have been issued by President for many generations, none have been so brazen nor directly in conflict with the US Constitution as those being threatened by our current administration. The President does not have the power to legislate, "only the power to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." The President holds the power to sign or to veto, and there ends his capacity for legislative input." A very recent article in the American Thinker addresses recent White House actions that "overstep" the powers granted to the Executive Branch.
You may ask, what is the significance and why should I care about the dangers that Executive Orders pose to our country? Very simply, the founding fathers were very careful to insert strategic checks and balances between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches when they authored the US Constitution. This was to ensure a defined separation of powers and provide a defense against one branch accumulating too much power over the others. Incremental and seemingly "innocent" actions by any of the three branches to gain an "upper-hand" endangers the delicate balance of our governing system. This insightful article, King and Parliament, American-Style addresses this issue and cites specific examples of how the current administration is "stealthily" attempting to violate the US Constitution.
I encourage you to read this article and write letters to your US Senator and US House Representative decrying this violation of the us Constitution. Frankly, most of them are clueless about the Constitution and rarely consider current legislation and legislative behavior in light of our Constitution. It now falls upon the citizens to educate our elected officials and demand adherence to the document that has preserved our "God given" freedoms for 233 years. We must also ask those running for office specific question relating to the US Constitution in an effort to ascertain the depth of their knowledge and commitment to this guiding document.
It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.
EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND THE MODERN PRESIDENCY: LEGISLATING FROM THE OVAL OFFICE, by Adam L. Warber. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006 175pp. Hardcover. $49.95. ISBN: 1-58826-401-7
Executive Orders - The Federal Register - Hoover to Obama
For all our bemoaning the tortures of health-care reform, the debate has been healthy for the nation.
Everybody's crazy aunts and uncles have been let out of their respective
attics and basements, and it's good to know who they are. It's also
been helpful for Americans to see how the sausage is made and figure out
whether they really want any.
Here is something fun. The National Journal Magazine as come up with an interactive web site to allow the viewer to see who is the most Conservative and most Liberal in Congress.
Click Here to read how the votes rates are calculated. Click on Back to 2009 Vote Ratings to view the interactive website.
As a nation, we can no longer continue the foolhardy practice of separating the political persona from the intimate, moral fiber of our elected officials. A representative that cannot be trusted to do the right thing when no one is watching can hardly be expected to be trustworthy in those decisions that are public. Character matters and personal associations confirm or betray deep seated convictions that may otherwise not be publicly made known. To preserve our Liberty, we must look beyond the glitz of the packaging, the eloquence of the spoken word and the pitfalls of selecting our elected officials based upon sound-bites and partisan spin. A citizens duty requires the effort necessary to be an informed voter, armed with accurate facts and the resolve to always continue the search for the truth. Our inalienable rights, bestowed by our Creator and guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, depends upon our resolve to elect Statesmen that place a higher value on our Freedom than their own personal gain.
Biden: "I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don't make the kind of naked power grab you are doing."
Attached below is a PDF that lists the candidates running for the Ohio House, the Ohio Senate and the US Congressional Candidates in the 2010 primary in May. The list was compiled by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Kettering District - Ohio House = District 37 - Current Incumbent is Peggy Lehner
Kettering District - Ohio Senate = District 6 - Current John Husted (Running for Secretary of State)
Kettering District - US Congressional = District 3 - Current Incumbent is Michael Turner
Thanks to Barb Patrick for passing this along to KLG.
There has been some controversy concerning the content of the 2010 Census. I have attached a copy of the Census Form and a copy of the Census Worker Reference Guide for your review. If this is the final version, it does not appear that the questions ask the respondent to reveal any information that is not currently available through other public sources. In the past there has been a long form sent to select housholds. I have not found a copy of this form.
I am aware that the Constitution indicates that the only information required to be conveyed is the number of people in each residence. It says: "[An] Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct."
In 2000, a group of citizens sued the Census over the questions on the long form - a form sent to one out of every six households. Though the 2000 log form was 18 questions shorter than the long form in 1990, and the shortest since the 1940 census, distrust of the Census Bureau's ability to keep the data private have many people up in arms about the questions. The suit challenges the ability of the census to ask all of the questions asked. The biggest problem for the suit is the Constitution itself: "[The Census] shall be made ... in such Manner as [Congress] shall by Law direct."
The questions on the long form are there because of legislation duly enacted into law by the Congress and signed by the President. Though the ire of citizens is being directed at the Bureau, the Bureau itself says that the Congress is to blame. The Census Bureau is looking to find ways to collect the data on the long form in other manners, such as polling and sampling. Though there is a possible $500 fine for failing to file with the Census, the Bureau also notes that no one has been penalized for failing to file in the past. The fine is more of a psychological reminder of the importance of the census than a source of income for the government.
Advice to leave the form blank or to fail to fill it in may actually bring more of the government into your life than you want - unfiled and incomplete forms will be followed-up upon by actual census workers, either in person or by telephone.
Today, the controlling law for the U.S. Census is Title 13 of the U.S. Code. There is a lot of census data collected in the United States today, such as economic figures, sales and production figures, and agricultural statistics. Still, the head count is the only part of the census that is called for by the Constitution. The code for the enumeration can be found in 13 USC 141. In this code, the census is directed to be taken in 1980 and every ten years thereafter, and that the count is to be taken on April 1. The returns must be completed within nine months for use in apportionment of representatives. The code also specifies a mid-decade census be taken in 1985 and every ten years thereafter. This count need not be a head count (sampling may be used) though the data cannot be used for apportionment.
The following section of the United States Code requires that people fill out their U.S. Census forms and provides a $100 penalty for not answering the Census and up to $500 for giving false information.
CHAPTER 7 - OFFENSES AND PENALTIES
SUBCHAPTER II - OTHER PERSONS
Sec. 221. Refusal or neglect to answer questions; false answers
(a) Whoever, being over eighteen years of age, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary, or by any other authorized officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof acting under the instructions of the Secretary or authorized officer, to answer, to the best of his knowledge, any of the questions on any schedule submitted to him in connection with any census or survey provided for by subchapters I, II, IV, and V of chapter 5 of this title, applying to himself or to the family to which he belongs or is related, or to the farm or farms of which he or his family is the occupant, shall be fined not more than $100.
(b) Whoever, when answering questions described in subsection (a) of this section, and under the conditions or circumstances described in such subsection, willfully gives any answer that is false, shall be fined not more than $500.
As of 8:30 am, I have not received any notice of cancellation of our meeting this evening at 5:00 pm with the Superintendent and Treasurer. Check back to our web site later today to see if there is any change.
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