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Credit Due: To Congress and the President for De-Litigating Financial Contracts

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Indeed We Should

One of the very many problems in the festering Swamp that is Washington, D.C. – is the inert posture most of its denizens so often strike. Too many pose and preen – but never actually do anything.

Which we rightly, roundly, routinely criticize.

So when DC does something well and good – we are obliged to call attention to and praise it, and them.

One of those magical moments just transpired. The good DC did – was to undo another of the very many problems in the festering Swamp that is DC.

Some of the so rampant awfulness an unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy unilaterally, so incessantly foists upon us.

As those of us who didn’t succumb to government schools know, the way DC is supposed to work is – the Legislative Branch legislates, then the Executive Branch executes. If the first thing doesn’t happen – the second thing isn’t supposed to either.

WAY too often, the Executive Branch does all sorts of things the Legislative Branch never granted it legislative permission to do. It’s been going on for decades – and the Barack Obama Administration raised it to a heinous art form. More

Obama Holdovers Are Making Puerto Rico’s Recovery Much Less Possible

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We Must Improve the
Ground for Recovery

The most damaging and pernicious of the nigh infinite elements of the Washington, D.C. Swamp – which President Donald Trump has pledged to drain – is the leftover personnel.

Holdovers from the Barack Obama Administration especially – and residual creatures generally. Leftist ideological hacks – and permanent DC denizens. All of whom have very comfortable nests – feathered by DC’s Swampy foulness.

Defenders all of the awful status quo.

Trump has made some serious mistakes. None of them is more serious than allowing so many of these people to remain in DC after he arrived. More

Freedom of Assembly – Completely Free from Government Interference or Imposition

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With Nary a Peep from Government

The Constitution’s First Amendment reads as follows:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The emphasis is ours – so as to highlight the portion we are now going to discuss. We the People are free to assemble – or not assemble – any way we wish. Completely free from government interference or imposition.

Keep in mind that the Constitution’s drafters and ratifiers also delineated the separation and balance of powers. The Legislative Branch (“Congress”) was the only one of the three that was to initiate new interferences and impositions on the people (and were, again, only to do so within the strict confines of said Constitution). So “Congress” is the only governmental entity they mention in the First Amendment. More

It’s Still a Federal Bill – So It Still Nationalizes Tort Law

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Let’s Please Hand This Back to the States

H.R. 1215 – the bill to nationalize tort law – is back.  Which is bad news – and makes even less sense than the last time it was under consideration.

It came up in mid-June, but was pulled – for exactly the right reason.  Tort law is the many states’ domain – so this bill is anti-Constitutional.  And Congress pulled it – on federalism grounds.  Smart.

But now it’s back – with its backers claiming they’ve made some changes to address the federalism problem.

Except – that’s not possible.  It’s still a federal government bill – so it still would nationalize tort law.

You can’t “tweak” that away.

So H.R. 1215 – should simply go away.

Lots on Congress’ Plate – Nationalizing Tort Reform Shouldn’t Be

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See: Nationalizing Tort Reform

Congress has…a lot to do.

We still desperately need to undo the train wreck that is Obamacare.

We still desperately need to rewrite and simplify the tax code – and eliminate or drastically cut the many taxes and their rates.

We still desperately need to repeal the bank-killing horror show that is Dodd-Frank.

We should finally restore regular order – and actually go through the full budget writing process. Oh – and we should dramatically reduce what that budget spends.

That’s plenty – but there’s even more.

But what absolutely does not belong on this very long list – is nationalizing tort reform.

It’s unconstitutional – because the Constitution doesn’t mention it, so it’s up to the states.

It’s also unconstituional – because it is Legislative Branch overreach into the purview of the Judicial Branch.

And given how often the Judicial overreaches into the Legislative – you would think the Legislative would know better. More

Why Is Republican Steve King Trying to Nationalize Tort Law?

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Does Not Belong in D.C.

Many Republicans all around the nation have long been champions of tort reform.  Republicans in states like Texas have enacted it – and achieved the results its proponents promised.

Whether or not you favor tort reform of any sort – we should all recognize that it is not a federal government issue.  Republicans especially – conservatives even more so – should understand the complete lack of any Constitutional imperative to have the federal government address tort reform.

Since the Constitution does not expressly empower The Feds on tort reform – the Ninth and Tenth Amendments mandate that it not be addressed by The Feds.

Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King is a stalwart conservative, and a champion on many important federal issues.  Tort reform shouldn’t be one of them.  His tort reform bill – H.R. 1215: Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 – can be in all fifty statehouses, should you favor tort reform.

Per the Constitution – it does not belong in the United States Congress.

The Government is Eviscerating Private Property Rights. Again

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‘For the Public Good’

The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution reads, in part, as follows:

“No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Meaning if you own property – government can’t arbitrarily take it from you. In whole or in part.

Sadly, taking without compensation is something at which the government is becoming expert:

“Most property rights scholars would probably tell you that property is sort of the redheaded stepchild of constitutional law….(T)he (Supreme) Court says something like, ‘The Government could hardly go on if to some extent the values incident to property couldn’t be diminished without paying for it every time the law changed.’”

Get that? For nearly a century, the Supreme Court has for the most part pretended the Fifth Amendment doesn’t exist – as per it being an impediment to government regulating without compensation property out of private existence.

Which, of course, government has been exceedingly happy to do. More