Current Events vs. Founding Documents

This column presents facts regarding the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Wisconsin State Constitution, and various other documents in reference to modern topics. Mark hopes to encourage interest in those works so that others can consider whether our government is practicing within its constitutional limits. In the last category, he may indicate his opinion. Mark is a resident of New Berlin. Readers are encouraged to visit the following sites for more information on the United States Constitution and Thomas Jefferson's views on politics and government.

On Your Own, Moore or Less

Constitution, healthcare

Entry 107

Current Event


According to Gwen Moore’s press release on April 15, 2011:

Congresswoman Gwen Moore made the following statement after the House passed Republican Paul Ryan’s budget:

“As the Democratic alternative budgets showed, we can get our fiscal house in order without rationing health care for our seniors and low-income Americans.

“The other side likes to talk about how Medicare is driving the deficit, but that’s just part of the story. The full story is that private health care costs – and we all know this to be true because we’re all paying more – are rising at a rapid clip, and Medicare can’t keep pace.

“The debate we had on this budget could have been the same debate our nation had about the New Deal and Social Security. It could have been the same debate when Medicare and Medicaid became law. And this budget is turning back the clock and taking us to the ‘good old days’ when people are just on their own.”



Founding Document

 US Constitution; 10th Amendment

 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.

To quote James Madison, Federalist No. 45

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.


We the People:

The needy would not be “on their own” without the federal government.  We help them through the states, local communities, churches and private charities, friends, neighbors, and families.

Federal officials may have pure motives for helping the needy.  Likewise they may blatantly intend to buy votes with our taxes.  It is their actions, not their intentions, which violate their oaths to uphold the Constitution.

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