The Florida State Senate on March 16 achieved a significant milestone on behalf of those who oppose the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (a.k.a. ObamaCare) as unconstitutional, draconian, and an infringement on states' rights. The Senate quickly passed a proposed amendment to the Florida state Constitution known as the "Health Care Freedom Act." If the amendment is also passed by the House, it would be placed on the ballot next year, and if it is then approved by a three-fifths majority, it would become part of the Florida Constitution. The amendment would allow any person or employer to opt out of the ObamaCare mandates for purchasing or providing healthcare coverage.
A Wisconsin judge prompted outrage among Republican lawmakers and conservative activists after issuing a temporary restraining order on March 18 against a recently passed law limiting the collective bargaining privileges of government-employee unions.
As if there weren’t already enough reasons to hope Newt Gingrich never becomes President, here comes another one: He says that he has no regrets about having supported the Medicare prescription drug benefit even though that program now presents the federal government with a $7.2 trillion unfunded liability.
On the anniversary of the birth of James Madison, historians Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg penned an elegant and insightful article in honor of the Father of the Constitution.
Wisconsin’s elected government is under fire again from Democrats, socialists, and government-teachers’ unions over a proposal to cut some state funding for most public-sector schools while limiting their ability to make up the lost revenue through property-tax increases. Critics decried the measure partly because they believe it will increase the number of private educational options available to Wisconsin families.