Thursday, March 25, 2010

Michele Bachmann urges Americans not to pay their taxes if the healthcare bill passes

All the talk show hosts like to pick on Michelle Bachmann. She does sometimes fail to get her facts straight. Here on the “Psycho Talk” segment of the Ed Show, Ed Shultz points out what is in his mind a hypocritical statement of Mrs. Bachmann against the “deeming” procedure. But what difference does it make if the Republicans have violated the Constitution in the same way 190 times? That doesn’t make LEGAL, Ed. The Republicans and the Democrats have been violating the Constitution for decades and we are tired out it. We should have stopped paying income taxes a long time ago. But this situation is worse because the healthcare bill goes a step further in taking away our rights. Both the “deeming” procedure and the bill itself are blatantly unconstitutional and no amount past violations of the Constitution can make this justifiable. Isn’t it suspicious that this “deeming” procedure came about (according to Ed) in the 70s. Why all of the sudden was this change in procedure made? There was no Constitutional amendment to that effect! Article I section 5 states in part:

“a Majority of each [House] shall constitute a Quorum to do Business… Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings… and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.”

This would not happen if the “deeming” procedure is used. The bill would be made law without a majority of Congress having voted for the final version. This version would be without the certain provisions in it, such as the Stupak-Pitts amendment and the Louisiana Purchase. The majority of House members could say “I never voted for the abortion funding or the pork,” while the abortion funding and pork they are referring to would in fact take place. Article I section 7 state in part:

“Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States.”

A common sense, universally and legally accepted definition of the word “passed” is that a majority voted for it. It is clear that if two different versions of a bill have been passed in each House, this does not fulfill the above requirement.

As far as not paying your taxes, I agree with this, you need to present your objections to the Government first before doing this. The first amendment states:

“Congress shall make no law…abridging…the right of the people…to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

“If money is wanted by Rulers who have in any manner oppressed the People, they may retain it until their grievances are redressed, and thus peaceably procure relief, without trusting to despised petitions or disturbing the public tranquility.”

from the Journals of the 1774 Continental Congress, 1:105-113

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