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It seems that several Wisconsin state legislators are threatening to support a bill that would arrest any federal official who attempts to implement Obamacare in the state of Wisconsin. Unsurprisingly, these nine legislators are what one might call “tea party” members, and they expressed their desire to support such a bill to a Tea Party-aligned group. All states have until this Friday to alert the federal government whether or not the state will implement its own healthcare exchange, or if the federal government must implement such a program for the state. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has yet to make a decision.

The Wisconsin state legislators are attempting to hedge Walker’s refusal to implement Obamacare in the state with the threat of violence against federal officials who attempt to do so. Because if Walker does not implement the exchange, then the federal government will implement the exchange for Wisconsin, or any state that fails to create an exchange. Those legislators already think that Obamacare is “government run amok;” if the federal government implements a big government program in Wisconsin, well, you might as well consider this The United Soviet States of America.

What’s more interesting is the lack of knowledge displayed by these nine legislators, as well as their total refusal to acknowledge the legitimacy of the Obama presidency. One Wisconsin lawmaker, Chris Kapenga, said he believes Obamacare is unconstitutional, and was quoted as saying that “Just because Obama’s reelected does not mean he’s above the constitution.” Indeed, Mr. Kapenga’s statement is valid: Obama’s reelection does not make Obamacare constiutional. Nor can the election of any politician in any office make a law constitutional. Rather, what makes Obamacare constitutional is the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in favor of the law. In one sentence, Kapenga took a back-handed swipe at the president, while also managing to use a straw man argument against the constitutionality of Obamacare. In other words, he displayed a total lack of awareness of the interactions between political institutions in this country.

The Wisconsin state legislators are attempting to recreate the Little Rock 9 episode from the late 1950s. The scenario they’re trying to create has been played out, and (constitutionally approved!) the authority of the federal government trumps any rogue power from state governments. I’m not anticipating such a law passing, but it expresses the hatred many politicians still feel towards Obama. (Oh wait…that Little Rock 9 analogy is actually very interesting.)

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  •  Scott Walker is the kind of politician (8+ / 0-)

    whose ego is terminal. At all costs, he must save face. To "roll over" on Obamacare, and meet the first of the federal deadlines for its implementation is his state, is to embarrass himself royally in front of his Tea Party sycophants. We can try to stem the inevitable tide, we can create expense for our taxpayers and hassle for our citizens, but we sure can't have that.

    No, avoiding personal embarrassment is a first priority for Scott Walker.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:51:18 AM PST

  •  Walker for President in 2016 (0+ / 0-)

    That might be fun to watch.

  •  Gerrymandering gave birth to a gaggle of wingnuts (6+ / 0-)

    And soon a really bad mining bill will appear that eventually will create massive protests. The GOP seems totally oblivious to the fact that treaties with Native Americans exist.

    This state elected Obama and Baldwin by comfortable margins, but here we go again with the crazies in charge of state government. It pains me to say this, but Walker may be the only moderating force. His reelection is coming up and he can't hide behind "the recall is bad" anymore.

  •  Let them, and let... (5+ / 0-)
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    skrekk, Nica24, scribeboy, llywrch, dickensgirl

    the Wisconsinites that elected these people see their neighbors get health care they don't.

    Those that didn't vote for them will suffer too, but that might be what it takes.

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:10:45 AM PST

  •  Stupid Teabaggers, if they think they can (1+ / 0-)
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    CS11

    forcibly stop the Fed Gov from implementing healthcare exchanges which is the law of the land they might just get a butt hurt..

    It seems that several Wisconsin state legislators are threatening to support a bill that would arrest any federal official who attempts to implement Obamacare in the state of Wisconsin.
  •  Maybe your offensive title should secede. (1+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:44:30 AM PST

  •  Walker would fail on the national stage... (5+ / 0-)

    ...just like Paul Ryan did.  Walker has no charisma, no real alpha characteristics and sounds like he has a sinus infection at all times.  There is no way someone so categorically unlikeable would ever be a smash on the national stage.

    As a life long Wisconsinite I must say that I am once again proud of my state in the wake of the elections.  Tammy Baldwin will make this state proud, and its only a matter of time before Scott Walker and Ron Johnson are ousted.

    We have more than our fair share of nutjobs, but this is a blue state and appears to be trending left after a strange twist during the tea party era.

  •  Federal PLEASE! (4+ / 0-)

    I live in Wisconsin and Walker and his owners will manage to devise a system that costs more, is unconstitutional and be tied up in the court forever at the taxpayers expense. Thanks to Walker, rich and corporations pay very little taxes and his job destroying budget is propped up by a 500 million dollar loan doing the old Tommy Thompson trick of pushing all the expenditures into the future and future revenues back into the past to give the illusion of budget control to the supine and math challenged in the media. I found out about the 500 million loan when Walker put 100 million in a 'rainy day fund' and announced it just before the elections. He sure sounded like a big hero in his own opinion. Took me a couple of days to find the loan because Walker is consistent in every case, always lies by commission or omission.

    He pushes through ANYTHING HE CAN GET hoping that some of the ill advised, unconstitutional and court actionable stuff is implemented. He becomes a hero to the fascists and oligarchs (collecting bribes all the way) suffers nothing because the taxpayer pays all the legal fees. Milwaukee County has paid a fortune out in fines and punitive damages for violating contracts, abusing people, violating civil rights and false arrest from his term in that county.

    The federal system will be better than anything that the Republicans in Wisconsin will bring to a vote.  

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