Welcome to the Constitutional Crisis, Boys and Girls. These are the times your Social Studies teacher said could never happen in a country like ours.
Well, I don’t know about most of YOU, but my country today bears only a surface resemblance to the country I grew up in. Nationalized Healthcare? Government regulation of what you can eat; when you can text message and make a phone call? Government mandating banks to make extreme risk loans, which sparked a collapse of the real estate market; which sparked a collapse of the Stock Market?
Did I wake up on Bizarro World or something? When did Common Sense become un-politically Correct?
And now one state after another (after my beloved Texas) are declaring their sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment the question arises:
Do we have a working Constitution anymore?
Anyway, enough pontification: It’s Florida’s turn now:
State Senator Carey Baker (R-Eustiss) has introduced legislation that would prevent Obama’s mandated health care from being implemented in the State. Baker’s bill essentially declares Florida’s sovereignty in health matters, over the Federal Government.
In introducing the legislation Sen. Baker made the following statement:
“Today, we’re drawing the line in the sand. The goal of any health care reform should be giving individuals greater access to health care – not socialization of health care in America,” said Senator Baker. “Under the health care proposal being considered by Congress, the federal government will not only choose your doctor and ration your treatment, but also penalize people that want to pay for their own lawful health care services. That’s just wrong.”
The Senator’s co-sponsor on the House side is Rep. Scott Plakon of Longwood. In a press release, Rep. Plakon had this to say:
“The federal government and its bureaucracies dictating who, when and what kind of treatment you receive is not reform at all,” said Representative Plakon. “Senator Baker and I feel it is our duty to step up and reassert the rights of Floridians, in this case protecting our citizens’ rights and freedoms to make appropriate decisions as it relates to their own health care. We believe this unprecedented power-grab by President Obama and Congress is clearly not in the best interests of the citizens of Florida”
Both Baker and Plakon are identified as two of the most Hard Right of Florida legislators. Think Progress blog has even called them “Radical Rightwing.” As a top Senate Republican, Baker especially has demonstrated a consistent libertarian streak. For example, most recently, he was one of the most vocal critics of the States’ primary offense seat belt law, on grounds of the federal government dictating highway policy to the states. (Source: Orlando Sentinel)
Tell me again what a disaster John McCain would have been for America?