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SC Nullification Testimony Sparks Controversy



We’ve weighed in a couple of times on the nullification movement in South Carolina (click here and here).

Basically we’ve got no problem with it, although we’ve long maintained it is a feint designed to pave the way for the eventual acceptance of a massive Medicaid expansion associated with U.S. President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine law.

For those of you unfamiliar with how this dog and pony show works, “Republicans” make a big stink about a federal program – i.e. the “stimulus” or “Obamacare” – and cast symbolic votes to block it. However once their efforts “fail,” they “grudgingly” accept the federal largesse – and all the strings which come with it.

We’ve seen this show before … and will no doubt see it again.

Anyway, even without the “Obamacare” Medicaid expansion, the Palmetto State is adding 130,000 new recipients to its Medicaid rolls this year, while ballooning its Medicaid budget from $5.9 billion to $6.5 billion.

Just call it “Haleycare …

And all these “Republicans” are on board with it.

Against this backdrop, a judiciary subcommittee of the S.C. House of Representatives heard testimony this week on H. 3101, a bill sponsored by S.C. Rep. Bill Chumley.

Under the legislation, Obamacare “is invalid in this State, is not recognized by this State, is specifically rejected by this State, and is null and void and of no effect in this State.” Furthermore, any federal employee attempting to enforce the law “is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than five years,” while any state employee attempting to enforce the law “is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years.”

The legislation received a favorable report by the subcommittee, although some of the methods used in the hearing on behalf of the legislation were significantly “unfavorable” to taxpayers.

For example, Chumley had one of the state’s two airplanes – “Palmetto 2” – fly to Washington, D.C. this morning to pick up conservative radio host Walter Williams.

Democrats pounced …

“This is the height of hypocrisy and politics at its worst,” S.C. Rep. James Smith (D-Richland) said in a statement. “For taxpayers to be forced to foot the bill so that an out-of-state political zealot can push his extreme agenda is not only a dereliction of his duties as a public servant, it is just fundamentally wrong. During his testimony, Dr. Walter Williams espoused the abuses of government spending and intrusion while engaging in precisely the same behavior.”

We concur … it was a colossal lapse of judgment on Chumley’s part to authorize such an expense. Especially seeing as Williams was only on the stand for approximately ten minutes.

Additionally Democrats revealed that another pro-nullification “expert” – Tea Party activist Kent Masterson Brown – was paid $7,500 to testify on behalf of the legislation.

Sheesh …

No website champions taxpayer rights, free market principles and individual liberties more than this one. But in advancing these ideals consistency is everything. Wasting even a cent of taxpayer resources in protesting a trillion dollar monstrosity is wrong – not to mention an invitation for those pushing the unnecessary government expansions to seize the moral high ground.

Which Democrats successfully did in this case …