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10/9/2013 2:19:00 PM
Law Of The Land

Editor, Times-Union;
I told myself I would never do this again, but when someone throws up a big softball, and no one hits a home run, well, sometimes you have to step up to the plate.  I’ll contribute it to the small number of people who don’t play and not the lack of big hitters in the lineup.
However, when someone says that a law is, “the law of the land and holding our government hostage over a law is a rejection of our political system,” (I’m paraphrasing here), I have to say that is the foundation of our political system.  There was a time where slavery was the law of the land, I just wish someone would have shut the government down to ban it.  There was a time when segregation was the law of the land, but sadly, no one shut the government down for that. Prohibition was in the Constitution, and no one shut the government down over it (but I guess if someone would have realized the money that could have been made from taxes on booze, someone would have shut the government down to repeal it sooner).
The Affordable Care Act was passed, signed into law, and upheld by the Supreme Court. Great, now show me where it says that it has to be funded?  The Health Care Law (or Obamacare if you so choose) is another part of the budget like Defense, Debt interest, Social Security, Medicare, etc.  Now there are some things that we have to pay (mandatory spending), such as debt interest.  Then there are things that are discretionary spending (such as Health Care) which Congress does not have to pay for.  If the House does not want to fund the Health Care Law, they have every right not to (on top of it, we’re also 17 trillion dollars in debt that many in Washington do not seem to know).  Governing is supposed to be a lot of give and take, not a, “my way or the highway” approach as has been the case the last 10 years or so.  
Lastly there is a difference between knowing the rule of law, and practicing it.  If you don’t know it, how can you say you’re effectively practicing it?  The Constitution was written in order to safeguard Americans’ liberties and their freedoms. It would be nice if more people would actually read it, including several people who practice law, those who write law, and those who enforce it.
For liberty,
Gary Eppenbaugh
Warsaw, via email







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