The Billings Outpost

Obamacare unconstitutional

When the U.S. Constitution was written, the U.S. Government was given the power to lay taxes. Having just finished a war with Great Britain due largely to unfair taxes, the writers knew the inherent danger in giving government the power to tax the people, so it was restricted to taxes that were necessary and proper.

Over the last 225 or so years, the U.S. Government has laid more and more taxes on the people, and understandably, more and more of us are feeling the burden of unfair taxes. If I or any citizen is taxed for something we don’t give the government permission to tax us for, we have a gripe, but is it a legitimate gripe?

The Constitution writers probably knew that different people would have different ideas about what taxes are necessary and proper, so they gave us freedom of speech, and the right to petition for redress of grievances. They also provided a provision for amending the Constitution, and the 10th Amendment plainly says that any power not given to the United States by the U.S. Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, is reserved to the States or to the people. In regards to how far the U.S. Government may go in laying taxes, the following from Wikipedia applies:

United States v. Butler, 297 U.S. 1 (1936), was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the processing taxes instituted under the 1933 Agricultural Adjustment Act were unconstitutional. Justice Owen Roberts argued that the tax was “but a means to an unconstitutional end” that violated the 10th Amendment.

This means that a tax used for an unconstitutional end is an unconstitutional tax. Exercising my freedom of speech and right to petition for redress, I can Constitutionally argue that a tax laid on me for an unconstitutional purpose is unconstitutional. We all can.

Nowhere does the U.S. Constitution give the U.S. government the authority to legislate health care, so therefore the taxes laid to fund the Affordable Care Act are unconstitutional. It’s reserved to the states. Massachusetts recognizes this, and not only that, so did a handful of U.S. Congressmen, all Democrats and headed by Jesse Jackson Jr. Jackson introduced a Bill in 2005, the now defunct HJ Res 30, to amend the U.S. Constitution regarding quality health care. One doesn’t amend the Constitution for something that’s constitutional.

Neither U.S. v Butler nor HJ Res 30 were ever mentioned by any of the opponents of the ACA, which makes me wonder just how opposed they really were. The ACA, aka Obamacare, needs to go. Replace it with MontanaCare if you like, or amend the U.S. Constitution, but the ACA is unconstitutional. Since we the people are the government, we need to tell all three of our U.S. legislators to repeal it.

If you don’t like the ACA, and don’t speak up, it won’t go away. We may need to elect Republicans to get this done, or at least to see how serious they really are about repealing it, but there’s no question, the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

Eric Knutson

Dayton

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:08

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Good basketball game

I am sure that there are some basketball fans who do not realize the significance of what will be going on at Rocky Mountain College this coming Friday night (March 7).

The Frontier Conference is made up of strong teams, and Rocky Mountain College is one of them. They battled their way to the championship; consequently, they have been invited to participate in the large 32-team tourney in Kansas City later this month.

There is also an opportunity of another Frontier Conference team that may be invited to Kansas City, and that team is Great Falls. The University of Great Falls Argonauts are stronger than they have been in a long time.

They will be playing Rocky Mountain College this week, Friday, and if you want to see a close, hard-fought battle at the Rocky gym, go there at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7.

Robert Flanagan

Billings

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:36

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Obama, merely mortal

No wonder some folks don’t like President Barack Obama.

He hasn’t done much, except: take us out of a futile war in Iraq, save our auto industry, eliminate Osama bin Laden, try to stabilize Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East, broker a nuclear pact with Iran, keep our economy from tanking as it did in 1929, boost the stock market, decrease unemployment, try to provide healthcare for those thoughtless enough to be born in poverty.

And he’s still going.

So it’s easy to see why folks don’t like him. He’s not stronger than a mule, faster than a bullet, or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

What a lightweight! And he’s colored.

Vern Klingman

Spokane, Wash.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:35

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Lockwood did well

Job well done, Lockwood. Thanks for showing all of us that the best government is that which is closest to the people.

You took the lead on the task of giving the 8,000-plus residents of Lockwood a safer place to walk or ride a bike. You make all of us proud.

Hopefully, other populated areas of the county will now follow your lead. I look forward watching you select which trail to build first and then seeing the first child on that trail.

James E. Reno

Yellowstone County Commissioners

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:35

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Man without a country?

Is Ted Cruz a U.S. citizen?

I have known him practically from the day he was born. I, a U.S. citizen, was working in Canada for Elf Oil, a French oil company, as a geophysicist. We had contracted Rafael Cruz, Ted’s father, who owned a seismic-data processing firm, to process our field data and had a very close relationship with him for some two to two-and-a-half years.

As you are undoubtedly aware, Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1970. I had three offspring who were born in the U.S. They lived their formative years in Canada and ended up marrying Canadians. They in turn blessed me with five grandkids.

I was made aware when I applied for landed immigrant status allowing me to legally work in Canada that if I had grandchildren born in Canada they would have to decide before they were 18 years of age if they were to be Canadian or U.S. citizens. If they wanted to become U.S. citizens, a certain amount of paperwork would have to be filled out, and before their 18th birthday they would have to appear before a U.S. immigration official and take an oath and swear allegiance to the United States of America.

Four of my five grand kids have certificates signed by the president of the United States stating that these procedures was properly carried out.  Unfortunately, my oldest grandson failed to honor the birthdate deadline and if he is ever to become a U.S. citizen he has to make applications like any other foreigner and go to the end of the line.

Ted Cruz’s mother was/is a U.S. citizen and his father is of Cuban descent. Of interest, he fought with Fidel Castro in the overthrow of Batista back in 1959. Since his mother is a U.S. citizen he maintains that this automatically makes him a US Citizen.

Uh-Uh. Unless the law was changed prior to 1988 he would have had to go through the same procedures my grandkids did. This he has never mentioned was ever done. If he cannot come up with proper documentation and a certificate signed by the president of the United States, then he is not a citizen of the U.S.

Furthermore, since he has renounced his Canadian citizenship, could it be he is not a citizen of any country? I’m hoping someone out there can check this out.

Charles E. Schweiger

Billings

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:34

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Learn about Otter Creek

Have you ever heard of Otter Creek? If not, you may want to know what is happening in Eastern Montana and how it will impact those of us who live near railroad tracks in different communities across the state.

Otter Creek is one of many projects that are part of a scheme by coal companies to export Montana and Wyoming coal to Asia. If these projects come to fruition, we can expect train traffic through Montana to increase substantially – imagine at least a doubling of trains each day. This should concern all of us.

I live on Northern Pacific in Belgrade and literally from my front door to the outside railroad tie it is only 280 feet. If there was a derailment, it is a real possibility that I could have a rail car in my living room.

The tracks cut my town in two. The potential length of the coal trains could exceed one mile.  The current wait for trains is eight to 10 minutes with approximately 18 trains per day. With the increase in coal trains, individuals and business could potentially waste several hours a day waiting to cross the tracks.

My sleep is interrupted by the train horns on a regular basis and I can’t leave my windows open in the summer because of the noise. In Billings, the city paid $1.47 million for a quiet zone around the hospitals. The taxpayers paid for this.

Get informed and speak out; this is going to affect you. More information can be obtained by going to www.northernplains.org.

Jeannie Brown

Belgrade

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:58

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