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Have we learned our lesson on Washington spending yet?Posted on January 05, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
As history increasingly shows, Washington’s limitless ability to incur debt is one of the greatest errors in our Constitution. Fortunately, there is no reason to wait for Congress to propose what Thomas Jefferson called the “Missing Amendment.”
States damaging their own case with insurance exchange movesPosted on December 01, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Diane Cohen
The severability issue of the federal health care law is a critical consideration for states like Arizona, which are suing over the law’s constitutionality while at the same time moving forward with implementing other parts of the law, specifically the law’s health insurance exchanges. This undermines the idea that if the mandate is found unconstitutional the whole law must be thrown out.
Gov. Scott Walker at the 2011 Goldwater DinnerPosted on November 30, 2011 | Type: Blog
On November 10, 2011, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keynoted the Goldwater Institute Annual Dinner. Watch his speech with an introduction by former Arizona Representative and Goldwater Institute Senior Fellow John Shadegg.
The Pilgrims' failed experiment with communismPosted on November 24, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
When the Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower, they set up a society in which no one could own property and everyone shared equally, no matter how much work they did. The result was misery and hunger. But when the governor allowed each man to plant and raise crops for his own household, something amazing happened.
Supreme Court agrees to hear federal health care lawsuitPosted on November 14, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a case brought by more than two dozen states challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law. The core issue is whether the individual mandate to purchase government-prescribed health care is constitutional. The Court of Appeals ruled that it was unconstitutional.