1. Tim Connolly: Nobamacare – Federal Judge Rules Healthcare Bill Unconstitutional

2. Kyle Olson: NY Schools Human Rights Curriculum Featuring Van Jones is a Waste of Precious Class Time

3. Joy Tiz: VA Judge Affirms the Constitution

4. Dave Bego: Misclassification of Workers – Common Ground or Hot Bed of Greed?

 

 

 

Nobamacare – Federal Judge Rules Healthcare Bill Unconstitutional

By Tim Connolly

 

CNBC News reports that a U.S. judge in Virginia Monday invalidated a key part of the landmark healthcare law that requires individuals to buy health insurance, the first major setback for President Barack Obama on an issue that will likely end up at the Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson, appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush in 2002, backed arguments by the state of Virginia that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring that individuals buy health insurance or face a fine. “The Minimum Essential Coverage Provision is neither within the letter nor the spirit of the Constitution,” Hudson wrote in a 42-page decision. However, he declined to invalidate the entire healthcare law, a small victory for Obama. This decision sets up a new term confrontation between the President, the new Republican majority in the House, and a deeply split Senate that will most likely only be settled by the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The Essential Coverage provision invalidation guts the entire bill, and U.S. citizens deserve an early answer from the Supreme Court on this critical question.

 

 

NY Schools Human Rights Curriculum Featuring Van Jones is a Waste of Precious Class Time

By Kyle Olson

 

Last Friday over 1,000 New York students took part in the inaugural Webcast of the “Speak Truth to Power” curriculum distributed by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights and New York State United Teachers. The Web event originated from a classroom at Chestnut Ridge Middle School, a school with a student population that recently scored below average on statewide tests, according to the New York Times.  It is extremely difficult to see how lessons focusing on corporate “greed,” landmine awareness, Chinese labor camps and abolishing the death penalty will do anything to raise student test scores in math, reading and science. This is another case of public schools using class time to indoctrinate students with a radical, leftist political agenda. No curriculum that promotes the views of Van Jones should be allowed to pollute the minds of school kids. [more...]

 

 

VA Judge Affirms the Constitution

By Joy Tiz

 

District Judge Henry Hudson affirmed what should be patently obvious to anyone with the feeblest familiarity with the U.S. Constitution.  Judge Hudson ruled that ObamaCare “exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power.” Regrettably, the court refused to issue an injunction preventing implementation of ObamaCare.  Judge Hudson reasoned that the coverage mandate could be severed from the rest of the law. In his ruling, Judge Hudson pointed out that he’s not commenting on the “wisdom” of Congress in passing this junk; the sole issue before the court was the constitutionality of the Minimum Essential Coverage Provision.  Thus, the plaintiff’s question was only as to the legality of the law, not how incredibly awful it is. [more...]

 

 

Misclassification of Workers – Common Ground or Hot Bed of Greed?

By Dave Bego

 

By avoiding the costs associated with payroll taxes and liability and worker’s compensation insurance, businesses that misclassify workers realize a 20-30% price advantage in the marketplace. Illegitimate businesses are, sadly, aided and abetted by companies, many of whom are Fortune 500 companies, who encourage this practice by looking the other way and hiring them purely for profit motives. It truly is an underground economy which needs to be eradicated. Misclassification of workers, which historically has been more prevalent in the southern and border states where illegal aliens are often the victims of this practice, is rapidly becoming more common in northern states such as Indiana. Interestingly enough, the Obama administration, federal, state, and local governments, big labor and legitimate businesses have some common ground with respect to misclassification of workers as independent contractors, albeit for very different reasons. [more...]

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