Rep. Doug Wardlow (R-Eagan) goes full tenther last night introducing an amendment to the Health and Human Services bill. His amendment excempts Minnesota from the federal health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, that past a year ago. Tea Partiers like Wardlow claim the 10th Amendment gives states the right to declare federal laws null and void if they don’t like them.
Unfortunately, teabaggers have a poor grasp of the Constitution and always always always ignore the parts of it they don’t like. They ignore the fact that in the 10th Amendment the framers avoided the word “expressly” when describing the limitations of federal laws.
Teabaggers always always always ignore Article I, Section 8:
Section 8. The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States.
The crazy, it hurts. Make it stop.