Congratulations to the progressives. You may just have created a new federal paramilitary force under Obama’s control and formed under the new Health Care Bill. Title V of the Bill expands the Ready Reserve Corps, originally formed by Clinton, and under the direction of the Surgeon General. The commissioned officers are appointed by the President, and the manning limits were removed. While the stated purpose was medical requirements AND national emergency, the actual use is open-ended because anything can be defined as such. Candidate Obama spoke during his campaign of creating a national force “just as well armed, and just as well funded as the military”. This Reserve Force may be the genesis of such a paramilitary force. I suggest you read the bill that so few other have read before voting on it http://hearthebill.net/HR3590_Sub.pdf. The bill has many surprises in it that weren’t publicly discussed in either the Senate or the House.
Why would the Executive Branch want its own paramilitary force? Will the manning come from community organizer groups such as the now defunct ACORN? Is this a jobs bill to give the “underserved” power? Does the Executive Branch fear the states won’t cooperate in whatever endeavor the President wants to attempt? What happens if the paramilitary force has conflicting goals from a state, or even with the military? Will it go to the courts for resolution, or will a more serious confrontation develop? Closer to home, why would our legislators vote to expand this force? Where is their explanation to us on their belief in a National Reserve Force? Do our representatives so doubt the ability of Washington State to handle an emergency? Isn’t that why we have a National Guard controlled by the governor? Why do they remain silent on the true effects and cost of this Bill?
The so called Healthcare Bill is blatantly unConstitutional, as are many, or most, of the other major legislation passed by Congress since the early part of the last century.
This has been made possible by what is called legislating from the “Bench” (courts). It is totally wrong but the far left has no qualms about not playing fair. That the courts deliberately change law by misinterpretation has been acknowledged by at least one Supreme Court Judge.
Many “law professors,” look at how various US Courts have ruled and believe, or pretend, those “interpretations” are correct. Actually many lawyers and professors know better but they go along if it is expedient to their personal agenda.
The Constitution and it’s explanatory documents, such as the Federalist papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, Madison’s Journal of the Constitutional Convention, and others, make understanding the original intent rather simple for one who will investigate.
The only person I know about in the entire Congress that pays the slightest attention to the Constitution is Ron Paul of Texas. That is why he is so falsely vilified by the left who hate the Constitution.
The claim of regulating Health Care under the guise of the interstate commerce clause is false on it’s face. That clause is only suppose to apply to transactions that cross state borders. There is an excellent essay on this at “Constitution.org” under the “Rights Powers and Duties” then “Interstate Commerce.”
Representative Baird’s argument that this clause gives Congress such power is ignorance on steroids. Go to YouTube and search for “baird marine” the second time they clash. The first time that marine, David W. Hedrick, like me and many others, is about ready to keep his oath to “…defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC.”
Commissioners today: I asked about why no one had contacted me about my email request to present a solution to the problems in Planning. Carter said he wanted to talk to me about it. We’ll see.
When Shea presented a recommendation to deny an open space designation on some land he made a big deal about the soils. It sounded, without saying so that they had spent a lot of time on it. I explained to the Commissioners that soils for a given parcel of land could be found, and map and soils report printed in a matter of a couple of minutes. They do not yet realize that I was telling them that the planning department was blowing smoke. Next time I’ll try to be prepared with my own identical report.
John Straka was there and spoke about what are they going to do about the good part of the ICC report. Afterward he spent quite some time with Carter.