Wednesday, October 23, 2013

AynRandy's "Give Me All the Monies" Amendment

Is he really so stupid he can't draft a constitutional amendment properly - or ask a qualified staff member to do so?
Or is he so corrupt and greedy he deliberately drafted it to make himself Zuckerberg rich?

Ian Millhiser at Think Progress:
In an attempt to breathe more life into a false claim that the Affordable Care Act gives special privileges to members of Congress — in reality, Obamacare requires lawmakers to purchase health insurance on an exchange but allows them to keep the same employer contribution to these costs that every other federal employee enjoys — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a constitutional amendment that would supposedly “hold government officials to the same standard as the American people.” Yet his amendment is so poorly drafted that it would likely have the exact opposite effect of what he claims. Should Paul’s amendment be ratified, it could convert members of Congress into a superprivileged class entitled to collect every welfare benefit offered by the federal government, regardless of their age, health or income.

Paul’s amendment provides that “Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress,” and then includes similar provisions applying to executive branch officials and federal judges. The problem with this language, however, is that it makes no distinction between laws that give special privileges to members of Congress and laws that exclude them from federal benefits for entirely legitimate reasons.
Thanks again, Jack Conway, for running the worst political campaign in Kentucky history.

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