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|[L]Saints QB Drew Breiss, [C] Seahawk DE Michael Bennett 12/02/2013|
The last NFL Monday Night Football game pitted the New Orleans Saints (9-2) against the Seattle Seahawks (10-1) at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Many sports writers, including hometown ESPN sports personas were betting against the Seahawks in this battle against NFC leaders.
However, Seattle took control early in the game due to fumble recovery by Seahawk Defensive End Michael Bennett who then ran the football 22 yards for a score.
The stomping in the stands and the eruption of cheers by the 68,387 Seahawk fans generated a sound which measured 137.6 decibels, which set a Guinness Book of World Record outdoor stadium record. Seismologists from the nearby University of Washington estimated that the cheering generated between a 1 to 2 magnitude earthquake which could have been felt outside the stadium.
The Seahawks went on to victory at 34-7, increasing their record to 11-1.
The second minor earthquake occurred during an after game interview when Michael Bennett was interviewed by 710 ESPN Radio Seattle personality Jim Moore. The sports broadcaster expressed chagrin that he thought that the Saints would win. When the humbled host asked the Michael Bennett how wrong he was, the defensive end’s answer was another amusing earthquake.
When Obamacare becomes a punch-line amongst jocks even in the bluest of blue states like Washington, the political ground may be shifting even in the Pacific Northwest.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
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A GUEST POST by Jeffrey Barrett
The Administrative State arose from Congressional delegation of details of the laws which they passed with the result that the burden was unloaded onto a swarm of Executive Branch agencies that administer, regulate and even adjudicate frequently vague legislation. By Congress handing wide discretionary authority to bureaucrats to create regulations, it effectively gives these agencies the power to create laws as these regulations have the same force of law as enacted legislation. Political scientist Joseph Postell has described these bureaucratic leviathans as nothing less than a “fourth branch” of government.
A major problem with the Administrative State is a lack of accountability. When elected representatives give unelected bureaucrats authority to make laws, voters have no control over the faceless, nameless Civil Service protected federal workers.
The Administrative State also deprives citizens of the vital constitutional protection of the Separation of Powers, as federal agencies enact the regulations which they then enforce and often adjudicate.
To illustrate the conundrum, consider an average citizen dealing with the IRS, a small farmer or landowner engaging with the EPA or a small businessmen dealing with OSHA. Your imagination, or perhaps personal experience, should convey the true impact of such “arbitrary power”.
One might wonder what can be done to check the Administrative State. The Madison Coalition points out that Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives state legislatures the authority to bypass Congress and implement a new Constitutional amendment that will check the routine excesses of the federal bureaucracies. The Madison Coalition calls their proposal “The Regulation Freedom Amendment.”
The notion for the Regulation Freedom Amendment is that if 1/4th of the States (13 total) or 25% of either the House or the Senate questions a federal regulation, then Congress would be required to formally call on a vote on the matter. Thus states can force Congress to take responsibility for any regulation which states find too expensive, onerous or inane and voters will have their federal representatives on the record. If Congress chooses not to take a transparent (or potentially embarrassing) vote, then that particular regulation becomes null and void.
A Regulatory Freedom Amendment would nudge the political system away from the arbitrary governance of the Administrative State towards “responsible” representative government. It would give States, who are frequently the victims of unfunded federal mandates from the Administrative State, to act as a constitutional countervailing check on power of the alleged “fourth branch” of government. A Regulation Freedom Amendment would temper the arrogance of power that prevails amongst bureaucrats at some federal agencies, as some who would see themselves as victims would now have a means of fighting back.
To put the Regulation Freedom Amendment in place, it would behoove concerned citizens to contact their State Legislators to push this Amendment as well as Faithful Delegate Laws (like the now law crafted by Indiana State Senator David Long (R-16th, Fort Wayne) ) to prevent worries that there would be a runaway Constitutional Convention. After passage of the Regulation Freedom Amendment, legislators would discover the power that states have to correct the imbalance of power between the federal and state sovereigns.
This is an abridged version of an article which originally appeared in The Washington Times and was republished with the permission of the author.
h/t: Madison Coalition