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Ellmers comments on Judge Vinson’s ObamaCare ruling

Republican 2nd District U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers released her reaction to federal Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling that “because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void”: 

“This is what those of us in favor of repealing Obamacare have been saying all along — the law is flawed to the extent that it is not salvageable.   That is why I voted for repeal. We need to start over from scratch with real health care reforms that make sure patients, families and their doctors are in charge of their health care decisions, not politicians and bureaucrats in Washington.”

 

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How long before Judge Vinson becomes the story?

The judge who ruled that the ObamaCare public mandate is unconstitutional and not severable from the rest of the bill will undoubtedly be reviled by the mainstream media by tonight. After all, he’s a Reagan appointee.

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Update: Kucinich Settles Suit W/House Cafeteria Over Olive Pit

I’m happy to report that Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has settled his lawsuit against a House cafeteria operator. From Politico comes part of Kucinich’s statement:

Though I would prefer to focus your attention on my work dealing with the profoundly important issues that face our nation, such as job creation, getting the economy back on track, and ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — it seems that some are more interested in discussing my personal dental issues,” begins his missive.

Kucinich sued for $150,000.

Now if he’d tell us what really happened with the UFO at Shirley MacLaine’s house, I’d feel much better.

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7 of 10 Independents Say GOP Should Consider Tea Party Ideas

According to Gallup, the sought-after Independents think the GOP should consider Tea Party ideas when making policy. Could it be that the idea of limited, lean, constitutional government isn’t out of the mainstream as the Left would like us to believe?

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Do folks at Duke read the papers?

Duke University is one of 20 universities holding an “Elect Her — Campus Women Win” event, the goal of which is to help women get elected.

Maybe they don’t read the papers, or maybe this is just a problem on the left. Because on the right, the field of powerful elected women is huge and influential.

Need I mention Sarah Palin? Or Michele Bachmann? Or Jan Brewer? Or Kristi Noem? Or Susana Martinez? The problem is, you see, these women are all associated with Tea Party activism, and that just doesn’t count with the left.

So while lefty women gather at Duke for “training,” conservative women are out there winning elections. I’ll take that any day.

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“Kill Switch” Coming to America?

If you’re taken aback by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s clamping down on Internet/social networking communications, consider that the so-called Internet “kill switch” bill isn’t dead in this country. From The Daily Caller (warning: there is a vulgarity at the bottom of the story):

First proposed in June 2010 by independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act would give unprecedented emergency powers to the federal government. At a conference last week, Brandon Milhorn, Republican staff director and counsel for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said that the Senate was revisiting the bill, which would conceivably empower the executive branch to demand that ISPs disable their networks or block access.

According to CNET’s Declan McCullagh, “The revised version includes new language saying that the federal government’s designation of vital Internet or other computer systems ‘shall not be subject to judicial review.’ Another addition expanded the definition of critical infrastructure to include ‘provider of information technology,’ and a third authorized the submission of ‘classified’ reports on security vulnerabilities.”

CBS News also wrote about the “kill switch” bill a few days ago.

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Hey, I Know, Let’s Form Another Committee

Chapel Hill, the town that loves to believe it is utopia, has so many complaints about town staff from citizens that the council is recommending an “ombudsman” as well as yet another committee. The committee will try to quell the apparent bad blood between some residents and the police. But here’s the irony:

The police department has already created an informal advisory group which has held community meetings and formed a citizen police academy on how the department works. Chief Chris Blue said it is unclear if that committee will continue or blend into the new council-approved committee once it is created.

The bureaucracy wins again. Apparently two committees — or one really, really big committee — is always better.

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No word on whether Kay Hagan actually believed this drivel

N.C. Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius how many people are affected by the provision in ObamaCare that allows parents to keep their kids on their insurance until the kids are 26 years old. This was her answer:

“I can’t give you exact numbers today,” Sebelius said. “We’d be happy to try and collect those for you. But, I think, clearly this is impacting millions of young adults around the country in a very positive way, and allows those young adults to think about being an entrepreneur or start their own business or strategies that, again, were impeding their ability to really launch into a professional career, if it did not come attached with health insurance.”

My daughter calls this the “slacker law,” because it allows kids to live at home and play video games until they’re 26. It certainly doesn’t provide any impetus to get out and start a business. Sebelius feels that if you assume the costs of one of life’s must-have commodities, health insurance, incipient entrepreneurs will then have the time to be creative, with none of the real-world anxieties associated with supporting one’s self.

By this reasoning, inner-city housing projects should be breeding grounds for entrepreneurs, and businesses should just be busting out all over, but that’s not the case. Once again, the liberal’s biggest flaw — a monumental misunderstanding of human nature — rears its ugly head.

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Obama votes ‘present’ again

Jim Geraghty points out that, facing the defining problem of our generation, Obama stepped up to the podium for his State of the Union address and voted “present”:

Faced with the defining problem of our time, President Obama examined all of the options ranging from painful and unpopular to even more painful and even more unpopular, lifted his head, looked the American people in the eye and declared…

“Present.”

The 3 a.m. phone call arrived — who would have guessed it would be the CBO calling with the crisis? — and Obama is letting it go to voice mail. Either we reform entitlements now with some pain or we confront their collapse sometime in the not-too-distant future with much worse pain.

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“it should bother every one of us”

North Carolina Republicans are, indeed, challenging the federal government’s mandate, via the new federal health insurance law, that requires every citizen to buy government-approved health insurance or face a fine. (emphasis is mine)

Representaive Jeff Barnhart of Cabarrus County said he sponsored the bill because he didn’t believe the federal government should require people to buy a product.

“For our federal government to begin telling us what to purchase and not to purchase really bothers me a lot, it should bother every one of us,” he said.

It bothers anyone who believes in freedom and the right of the individual in a free society.

In this brief interview from several months ago, John Locke Foundation President John Hood explains his concern about the individual mandate.

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