Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pass the Stimulus!

UPDATE: Pardon my premature exuberation. According to the document linked at, the Senate's version of the bill does not contain the language I discussed below.

Looks like we will have to count on our Senators to do the right thing...

It's almost enough to turn me religious...except that

If you pray hard enough, water will run uphill. How hard? Why, hard enough to make water run uphill, of course!

— Robert A. Heinlein


Now, now, now!!!


None of the funds provided by this Act may be made available to the State of Illinois, or any agency of the State, unless (1) the use of such funds by the State is approved in legislation enacted by the State after the date of the enactment of this Act, or (2) Rod R. Blagojevich no longer holds the office of Governor of the State of Illinois. The preceding sentence shall not apply to any funds provided directly to a unit of local government (1) by a Federal department or agency, or (2) by an established formula from the State.

And now for your reading pleasure, Amendment 10 of the Constitution.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
This bill as it stands currently sets a precedent that the Federal Government can dictate via coercion what the states are allowed to do within their own governments, which is explicitly against Amendment 10.

It doesn't make any difference whether Rod Blagojevich is removed by then or not, it's a dictation by the federal government into the operational actions of state government. That's to say nothing of the fact that it explicitly pronounces Blagojevich as assumed guilty before he has even been officially indicted, which in and of itself wreaks havoc with at least the Fifth Amendment, if not also some combination of the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Amendments.

Pass the bill as it stands for the fact that it's grossly unconstitutional and would have to be declared unconstitutional under Judicial Review!

Take the advice of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. We can't afford to wait! We have to act! We can't be expected to weed out all these silly constitutional issues!

That's the Supreme Court's job!

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