Mike Rounds Lies about ObamaCare

Gordon_Howie_DakotafestDuring the U.S. Senate debate at Dakotafest yesterday, conservative candidate Gordon Howie pointed out that while Mike Rounds likes to talk as if he’s a conservative and hates ObamaCare, Rounds actually worked to defeat Howie’s attempt to protect South Dakota from ObamaCare in 2010.

As Howie pointed out, it would have sent a loud message to the federal government (including the U.S. Supreme Court, which ended up proving to us that it is influenced by outside messages) that we were not going to stand for unconstitutional power grabs in our state.

As Howie also pointed out from his conversation with the South Dakota Attorney general, his bill would have not interfered with our state’s participation in a lawsuit against ObamaCare, and might have actually helped it. After all, it would have sent a consistent message that we were opposed to ObamaCare (rather the inconsistent one we ended up sending with RINOs in our state playing footsie with government health care schemes and fighting efforts to resist ObamaCare).

At a minimum, even if Rounds had thought Howie’s bill wouldn’t have been able to accomplish anything, he could have simply taken no position either way. But that’s not what he did. He ACTIVELY send his minion to the legislature with instructions to kill the bill. He deliberately took efforts to stop an attempt to fight ObamaCare in South Dakota–a bill that has undermined the U.S. Constitution, religious freedom, fiscal responsibility, health care access, and freedom to do what you want with your own money. Does that sound at all “Republican“???

When Rounds was allowed to respond, Rounds lied about Howie’s attempt to fight ObamaCare, saying it was “a state law that would change federal law.” It was not, and though he may not be the brightest bulb in the pack, Mike Rounds isn’t stupid enough to even believe what he said. It was an attempt to protect South Dakotans from ObamaCare, stating that we would not play along with that unconstitutional power grab in this state.

This isn’t the first time Mike Rounds has attempted to deceive the people of South Dakota about his support for government health care.  Rounds and his liberal RINO buddies have a long track record of working to sell us out on government health care–and then whitewashing their efforts.

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In response to Rounds’ lie, Howie pointed out that Rounds and others need to remember the Tenth Amendment which says:

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.

You can look for yourself. Article 1 Section 8, which lists the enumerated powers of the federal government, nowhere lists authority for the federal government to create, manage or administer a health care system, a charity system or system of wealth redistribution.

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;—And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Did you see authority to create, manage or administer a health care system listed there?  Did you see authority to create, manage or administer a system of charity there?  Did you see authority to create, manage or administer a system of wealth redistribution there?  I didn’t either.  That means ObamaCare is an unconstitutional–and thus illegal–program that has no legitimate power in South Dakota or any other state in the union.

Why is it that Mike Rounds and his merry band of gutless RINOs are completely bereft of the testicular fortitude to even say that?

It always amazes me that there are actually people out there who have the audacity to call themselves “Republicans” (i.e. to appropriate to themselves the cloak of respectability that comes from at least claiming to embrace Republican values), even as they doggedly refuse to actually DO anything to pursue those values (and often work against others who are pursuing those values).

I can’t support a liar who works with Democrats against conservatives who are trying to uphold the U.S. Constitution and our way of life.

Can you?

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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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