by Michael Boldin
Before this week, I had never heard Senator Charles Grassley speak â€“ on anything. In the last few days, though, Iâ€™ve been sent a number of emails about him being a â€œstrong 10th Amendment supporter.â€ Skeptical of any Senator in DC actually supporting the Constitution in a meaningful way, I browsed around YouTube and found what mustâ€™ve incited the onslaught of emails about him. It was a clip called â€œSen. Grassley: Health Overhaul Violates 10th Amendment.â€
Before the 1:30 mark, he had this to say:
â€œThis is the first time in the 222 year history of our country that we have forced you as a constituent â€“ any of our constituents â€“ to buy a productâ€¦..And if you donâ€™t buy it, IRS is gonna tax a family $1500.â€
Interesting comment. Ok, Iâ€™m listening.
Heâ€™s then asked a question: â€œIs this Constitutional â€“ forcing them to buy it and punishing them through the IRS if they donâ€™t?â€
â€œUhâ€¦Iâ€™m not a lawyer â€¦â€
Alert: Politician Code Word.
Whenever you hear a politician talk about the Constitutionality of something by saying â€œIâ€™m not a lawyer,â€ what theyâ€™re really saying is â€œIâ€™m weak and wonâ€™t take a stand on this.â€
Thatâ€™s pretty much what the rest of his response was – â€œblah blah blah, some lawyers have said it might be unconstitutional, blah blah blahâ€
So, I started to wonder a bit â€“ what out there, does Chuck Grassley think is a â€œviolation of the 10th Amendment.â€
He sure doesnâ€™t think that the largest-ever expansions of government-run health care since Medicare and Medicaid was a violation â€“ in 2003 he and his republican buddies voted for both SCHIP and the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act. The latter is now projected to cost Americans over a trillion dollars.
I guess he likes government health care when a Republican is in charge.
And just a day later, he comes out and tells us that we need â€œnationalâ€ laws for medical marijuana.
Where in the Constitution is that authority, Chuck?
He also voted in favor of the Patriot Act â€“ and its renewal in 2006. In favor of No Child Left Behind and Real ID.
If I have to explain the problem with those, youâ€™re on the wrong website.
The moral of the story? Almost no one in DC has any real respect for the 10th Amendment or the Constitution as a whole. If they say something about it that appears to be right â€“ be wary â€“ theyâ€™re probably just paying it lip service.
Grassley is no 10th Amendment supporter â€“ heâ€™s little more than a thug in a suit.