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by Laurence Vance, LewRockwell.com

The “Pledge to America” recently unveiled by House Republicans is more Republican gobbledygook. Republican promises to cut waste, fraud, abuse, and earmarks, and
institute reform, change, privatization, and accountability are always
so vague, misleading, and exception-ridden that they are – without
exception – absolutely worthless.

Republicans are such hypocrites that even while they preach smaller and less intrusive government they pass legislation to increase the size and scope of government.

On the very day (September 23) that the House Republicans issued their worthless “Pledge to America,” they also voted in overwhelming numbers along with Democrats to pass four pieces of legislation that
violate the very Pledge that Republicans maintain they will adhere to as
a majority in the House.

Plan 4 in the Republican Pledge is the promise to “to reform Congress and restore trust.” Under the paragraph titled “Adhere To the Constitution,” there appears this statement:

For too long, Congress has ignored the proper limits imposed by the Constitution on the federal government. Further, it has too often drafted unclear and muddled laws, leaving to an unelected
judiciary the power to interpret what the law means and by what
authority the law stands. This lack of respect for the clear
Constitutional limits and authorities has allowed Congress to create
ineffective and costly programs that add to the massive deficit year
after year. We will require each bill moving through Congress to include
a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the
bill is justified.

This is absolutely correct. However, what the Republicans forget to mention is that it is Republicans who controlled the U.S. House of Representatives during the last six years of Clinton’s presidency and
the first six years of Bush’s presidency. Republicans are the ones who
have ignored the proper limits imposed by the Constitution on the
federal government. Republicans are the ones who have drafted unclear
and muddled laws. Republicans are the ones who have shown a lack of
respect for clear Constitutional limits and authorities. Republicans are
the ones who have allowed Congress to create ineffective and costly
programs that add to the massive deficit year after year.

Here are the four pieces of legislation that an overwhelming majority of House Republicans voted to pass on the same day they published their Pledge:

  • The Family Health Care Accessibility Act
  • The Emergency Medic Transition Act
  • The National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act
  • The Training and Research for Autism Improvements Nationwide Act

I wonder what clauses would be included with these bills citing the specific constitutional authority upon which they are justified?

The Family Health Care Accessibility Act of 2010 (H.R. 1745) amends the Public Health Service Act “to deem volunteer practitioners at health centers as employees of the Public Health Service for purposes
of any civil action that may arise due to providing services to
patients at such health centers.” This bill was introduced in the House
by a Republican, Timothy Murphy of Pennsylvania. It passed by a vote of
417 to 1. The lone no vote was the heroic Ron Paul (R-TX). One hundred
and seventy Republicans voted for the bill. But since the Constitution
doesn’t authorize the federal government to have anything to do with
health care, this bill lacks specific constitutional authority and would
have to be rejected under the Republican Pledge.

The Emergency Medic Transition Act of 2010 (H.R. 3199) amends the Public Health Service Act “to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to state entities with
jurisdiction over emergency medical personnel to provide for the
expedited training and licensing, as emergency medical technicians, of
veterans who received training as such a technician while serving in the
Armed Forces.” Only five Republicans voted against this bill. But since
the Constitution doesn’t authorize the federal government to have
anything to do with health care, this bill lacks specific constitutional
authority and would have to be rejected under the Republican Pledge.

The National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act of 2010 (H.R. 5710) amends and reauthorizes the controlled substance monitoring program of the Public Health Service Act to “foster the establishment of
State-administered controlled substance monitoring systems.” This bill
comes with a price tag of $15 million for fiscal year 2011 and $10
million each year for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. It requires the states
receiving a federal grant under this Act to submit “aggregate data and
other information” to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and to
“facilitate prescriber use of the State’s controlled substance
monitoring system” and “educate prescribers on the benefits of the
system both to them and society.” This bill was introduced in the House
by a Republican, Ed Whitfield of Kentucky. It passed by a vote of
384–32. The Republican vote was 140–31. But since the Constitution
doesn’t authorize the federal government to even designate a controlled
substance, this bill lacks specific constitutional authority and would
have to be rejected under the Republican Pledge.

The Training and Research for Autism Improvements Nationwide Act of 2010 (H.R. 5756), also known as the TRAIN ACT of 2010, has an official title that concisely sums up its purpose:

To amend subtitle D of title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 to provide grants and technical assistance to University Centers for Excellence in
Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service to improve
services rendered to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and
their families, and for other purposes.

In awarding grants under this legislation, the Secretary of Health and Human Services must give priority to applicants that are “(1) minority institutions that have demonstrated capacity to meet the
requirements of this Act and provide services to individuals with autism
and their families; or (2) located in a state with one or more
underserved populations.” The vote on this bill was 393–24. The
Republican vote was 167–24. But since the Constitution doesn’t authorize
the federal government to do anything about autism or any other medical
condition, this bill lacks specific constitutional authority and would
have to be rejected under the Republican Pledge.

The only reason Republicans ever look good is when they are out of power and oppose the Democrats on major pieces of legislation like Obamacare, extending unemployment benefits, increasing HUD
appropriations, etc. When all of their actions – not their just plans,
promises, and pledges – are compared to even an imperfect standard like
the Constitution it is apparent that there is not a dime’s worth of
difference between the two major parties.

Laurence M. Vance [send him mail] writes from Pensacola, FL. He is the author of Christianity and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State and The Revolution that Wasn’t. His newest book is Rethinking the Good War. Visit his website.

Copyright © 2010 by LewRockwell.com. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

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"These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power. In vain they seek to hide behind the flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the flag and the Constitution stands for."
- Franklin Roosevelt

After reading the list of 23 Executive Actions announced by President Obama, it is clear the not too big or controversial presentation is just the "Tip of the Iceberg."
The obvious questions about most of the 23 are: why, when, what else and how much for how long?
The Devil is in the Detail and that is where you come in Senator/Congressman.  You get paid to protect me from unconstitutional usurpation of my Second Amendment Rights.

Right on Wesley
 
Wesley Crowl said:

After reading the list of 23 Executive Actions announced by President Obama, it is clear the not too big or controversial presentation is just the "Tip of the Iceberg."
The obvious questions about most of the 23 are: why, when, what else and how much for how long?
The Devil is in the Detail and that is where you come in Senator/Congressman.  You get paid to protect me from unconstitutional usurpation of my Second Amendment Rights.

Friends,  while the threats regarding Second Amendment rights are real there is another,  just as real called The Sequester.  We are witnessing a massive government sponsored, media driven scare campaign regarding cuts in everything from airports to meals on wheels.

Senators Brown & Portman, Congressmen Renacci, Gibbs & Boehner,

You should be ashamed to be a part of the massive scare tactics being used by the government regarding the reduction of spending increases within the so-called Federal "Budget".  The Canton Repository's front page announcement of cuts at the Akron-Canton Airport and Meals on Wheels because of The Sequester, is the worst example of scare tactics I have witnessed in 67 years in Ohio. This week we were told most of the jobs at Wright Patterson Airbase would be eliminated because of The Sequester.  So, a reduction of less than 3% in spending Increases means we can't fund what is already in place?  That is pure BS. Most people don't understand the role that government subsidies play in our lives or the extreme difficulty politicians have in reducing them even for the benefit of all.  I have never been more ashamed of politicians and the news media than I am today.

You sir should be ashamed of being part of such a inefficient failing administration of public trust.

Cut the real spending amounts by 1% each year for the next 10 years and people who's lives are being supported by taxpayer subsidies will adjust and become more self-supporting.  Do not increase your "credit limit" on the taxpayer credit card by which my grandchildren will be enslaved.

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