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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Against Obamacare

Governor Nathan Deal is steadfast against implementing Obamacare, but we will have to see how this all pans out by the acts go live date.

Whether or not the Governor helps to push the idea of nullifying the law with the simple act of non-compliance, is yet to be seen.

Below are two views he has released on the subject; one an excerpt from an article he had written on Politico and the other, a response from his office to a query on the subject from a concerned Georgian.

An the article ObamaCare Is a Giant Step in the Wrong Direction posted at Politico on 6/26/12, Gov. Deal directs his message to President Obama just as he his coming to visit Georgia:

The fact of the matter is that Obamacare is not only a federal power grab but also an unfunded mandate that will cost the taxpayers of Georgia an additional $4.83 billion over the next 10 years. It takes decision-making away from consumers, away from doctors, and away from the state of Georgia and concentrates it in the hands of unelected federal bureaucrats. That’s just not the way our federal system is supposed to work. It’s not the American way. The American way puts power in the hands of individuals not of government.

The letter was received by a fellow Oath Keeper from Governor Deal’s office, in response to his letter which had sent with his concerns:

STATE OF GEORGIA

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

ATLANTA 30334-0900

Nathan Deal

GOVERNOR

Dear Mr. xxxxxxx:

Thank you for contacting me about federal healthcare reform. I appreciate your thoughts on this issue of critical importance to our state and our nation.

I do not support the new healthcare reform law. The federal law prescribes a dramatic expansion of our state Medicaid program at a time when our state is struggling to cover our current population. Our state budget cannot afford the kind of mandated spending required by the federal act. Our initial estimates suggest a 45% increase in enrollment of our Medicaid population, adding more than 650,000 additional participants, and costing an extra $2.5 billion over the next ten years. Ultimately, this will further strain our Medicaid budget, thereby decreasing the quality of care, and severely limiting patient access to providers. Given the enormous burden the new health care law places on the states, I co-signed a letter with governors from across the country highlighting the challenges of these requirements and the enormous strain they will put on our budgets.

After a federal court found the legislation unconstitutional, I joined 28 other governors in urging President Obama to direct the U.S. Department of Justice to expedite the appeals process to the U.S. Supreme Court. With billions of dollars at stake for Georgia alone, I believe it is critically important that states get a definite ruling as quickly as possible on the constitutionality of the law. The central issue in question is the requirement that every individual, as a condition of lawful citizenship of the United States, is required to purchase a health insurance plan that meets certain federal requirements. This is the first time in history that the federal government has required individuals, as a condition of lawful existence, to purchase a specific type of product. I believe this is a clear violation of the Constitution and remain confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will reach the same conclusion upon completion of their review.

Health care reform is a serious matter with which many Georgia families are rightfully concerned. I support the need to reform our state health care system and my administration is committed to lowering health care costs while ensuring that hard working families have access to our world-class medical care. I will continue to call upon President Obama and the Congress to ensure our state is provided with the flexibility that is essential to manage our healthcare delivery system for all Georgians in the most efficient and effective manner.

The health of our citizens and health care system is important to me, and I appreciate your thoughts on this matter. If I can be of further assistance, please let me know. Thank you again for contacting me.

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Nullify Obamacare in Georgia!

Patriots,

Please assist in defeating implementation of this federal mandate in our state! The Tenth Amendment Center has provided resources to facilitate this effort and raise public awareness of our options at the state and local levels.


INTRODUCTION
MODEL LEGISLATION
ACTIVIST TOOLKIT
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

INTRODUCTION

Dear Friends;

We are all familiar with the cliche’ definition of insanity generally attributed to Albert Einstein: doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.

Why then do we still look to Washington D.C. – to the White House, to the Congress and to the Courts – to solve the very problems they themselves created?

Over and over again.

Now that’s insane!

The solution to ridding our state of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care  Act or “ObamaCare” lawlessness is NULLIFICATION! States simply need to stand up and say, “No! We do not accept this, and we will not comply.”

The States that created the federal government and agreed to its existence by a compact we call the Constitution are fully empowered to decide for themselves NOT to comply with any act outside the scope of federal authority as enumerated in the Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson held that the states were not “united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government,” and that” the government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself.” He went on to assert that when the federal government exercised undelegated powers, its acts are “unauthoritative, void, and of no force,” and “nullification of the act is the rightful remedy.”

Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey contends that states utilizing nullification to reject ObamaCare are simply responding to a rebellious federal government that refuses to act within its constitutional limits.

“Who is really behaving lawlessly here? A federal government that refuses to operate within its delegated powers, and rips authority away from the states and the people? Or the states, working through legitimate democratic processes, saying, “No! We don’t accept this”? I would argue it’s the federal government that’s in rebellion, and it’s time for the states to put a check on illegitimate federal power.”

The Tenth Amendment Center is fully committed to the nullification of the PPACA in our State.

“States should not fear the consequences of nullification. As per Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, Congress is not permitted to penalize states that refuse to implement ObamaCare. In the majority decision, Chief Justice Roberts stated, “What Congress is not free to do is to penalize States that choose not to participate in that new program by taking away their existing Medicaid funding. However, he added, “Nothing in our opinion precludes Congress from offering funds under the [law] to expand the availability of health care, and requiring that states accepting such funds comply with the conditions on their use.”

Are you willing to trade this latest loss of LIBERTY for a few extra “federal dollars?” Are you ready to join the fight? Are you ready to take back control of your state?

Please join us in this important cause!
For Freedom and Liberty!


Lou Riccio
563-581-0458
lou.gccfr@gmail.com
http://www.twitter.com/TheEagleKeeper

State Chapter Coordinator for the Georgia Tenth Amendment Center and the Georgia Tenth Amendment Group
http://georgia.tenthamendmentcenter.com

Gwinnett County Oath Keepers
http://www.meetup.com/Gwinnett-County-Oath-Keepers

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Thomas Jefferson Alive and Well Today?

Thomas Jefferson had it nailed… are we sure this wasn’t written yesterday???

“…and let the honest advocate of confidence read the Alien & Sedition acts, and say if the constitution has not been wise in fixing limits to the government it created, and whether we should be wise in destroying those limits? let him say what the government is, if it be not a tyranny, which the men of our choice have conferred on the President, and the President of our choice has assented to and accepted over the friendly strangers to whom the mild spirit of our country & it’s laws had pledged hospitality & protection: that the men of our choice have more respected the bare suspicions of the President, than the solid rights of innocence, the claims of justification,[22] the sacred force of truth, and the forms & substance of law & justice: in questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution”

– Thomas Jefferson
from The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 30: 1 January 1798 to 31 January 1799

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“We The People” Have Grievances

The following post is taken directly form “The Articles of Freedom Summary” agreed upon by publicly elected delegates from 48 states who attend the the “Continental Congress 2009” at Jekyll Island in Georgia.

How could anyone who has pledged their devotion to the Constitution, reconcile the following violations of the Constitution that are destroying America? When will it end?

  • For decades, our Government has been meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, without any Constitutional authority, causing foreign nationals to direct their hostilities towards us, which has given us a War on Terror and a growing Police State that is repugnant to the Fourth Amendment and the General Welfare of a Free People;
  • For decades, we have had undeclared wars in violation of the War Powers clauses of Articles I and II;
  • We are now gifting and lending public money and credit to private corporations for decidedly private purposes (corporate welfare), without any constitutional authority, whatsoever;
  • We have a fiat currency, in violation of the money clauses of Article I;
  • We have been emitting trillions of dollars worth of Bills of Credit through or under the auspices of the Federal Reserve System in violation of Article I;
  • We have been incurring trillions of dollars worth of debt for the payment of expenditures for programs and activities that are not enumerated in Article I, and therefore not authorized;
  • We have a fraudulently ratified 16th Amendment in violation of Article V, a direct, un-apportioned tax on labor in violation of the tax clauses of Article I, and a judicial system that refuses to consider the evidence, in violation of Article III;
  • For decades we have had unenforced immigration laws in violation of that mandate, plainly-worded in Article II, that requires the President to “faithfully execute” all the laws passed by Congress;
  • We have a President whose father was not a citizen of the United States, a violation of Article II;
  • We are counting our votes in secret, as all machines do, in violation of our constitutional right not only to vote but to know that our votes are being accurately counted;
  • We have an absence of well-regulated state militias, and we have federal gun control laws, all in violation of the Second Amendment;
  • For decades, in violation of the sovereignty clauses of the Declaration of Independence, the United States has been entering into treaties, contracts and relationships with foreign entities, and giving authority to international bodies, dissipating, destroying and undermining America’s sovereignty;
  • We have private land being taken for private purposes in violation of the Fifth Amendment;
  • We have a Government about to become a provider of Health Care, and about to order the People to purchase a product, powers that are not enumerated in Article I, and therefore not authorized;
  • We have money bills originating in the Senate, in violation of Article I;
  • We have a Senate that is using a supermajority vote to decide whether to enact a law, without an amendment to the Constitution, all in violation of Article I, Sections 3 and 5, and Article 5;
  • These violations have challenged the Constitutional Republic of the United States and Her People to Its core.

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    Ron Paul: The Only One We Can Trust

    Congressman Ron Paul is the leading advocate for freedom in our nation’s capital. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Paul tirelessly works for limited, constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. He is known among his congressional colleagues and his constituents for his consistent voting record. Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution.In the words of former Treasury Secretary William Simon, Dr. Paul is the “one exception to the Gang of 535″ on Capitol Hill.

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