Big Brother Smackdown Series: Piggyback Legislation

A controversial, but not unlawful, practice of piggyback legislation in Congress has become one of the most used methods in Congressional Warfare.  Legally known as a ‘Rider’, these are bills, or groups of bills, that are attached to other legislation which are, many times, unrelated. In this fourth editorial of the Big Brother Smackdown Series, we take a look at what a Rider actually is, and why it is marked as one of the serious problems of our Government.

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Could the Individual Mandate Be Unconstitutional Even As a Tax? Part 2

Part 2: The Question of Constitutionality

After reviewing the majority opinion on the Affordable Health Care Act, now we shift to renewing questions of constitutionality. Despite the Supreme Court ruling that the Individual Mandate is constitutional as a tax, it is possible that calling it a tax makes it unconstitutional.

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Could the Individual Mandate Be Unconstitutional Even As a Tax? Part 1

Part 1: Precursor – Understanding the Supreme Court Decision

Much ado about everything has been made about the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA, ObamaCare), but are we missing the most important thing? Did the Supreme Court, in February, find the AHCA constitutional as a tax, despite the tax itself being unconstitutional?

To decide this, we first need to understand the Supreme Court’s controversial decision.

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The Constitutional Convention – A 20 Minute Refresher

 

In 1787, Delegates from the States convened to debate and amend the Articles of Confederation to strengthen the Federal Government. In the end, the Articles of Confederation were thrown out and a new Constitution of the United States was created. This video is a dramatic reenactment of that convention, based on historical documents.

This is a must see video, for any who wish to know exactly what was said and decided, during that convention.

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Big Brother Smackdown: Career Politicians – Source of Bad Government

While there are many problems facing our country today, the most influential contributor to those problems has gone unchecked. That exacerbation can be attributed only to the people that run our government. More specifically, those that we can consider career politicians. The simplest addage to use would be, “If you’re not a part of the solution, then you’re a part of the problem.”

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Big Brother Smackdown Series: Federal vs. State Government

I met an intelligent and interesting person on Twitter, through viewing The Young Turks feed. There was a comment made concerning the report on TYT about the food stamp issue. I’m paraphrasing, but the question/comment was something to the effect of “The Federal Government ensures that women have babies, but does not ensure that they are fed after they are born?”

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