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Tuesday, July 27, 2010


This past month we had an IBL (Industry, Business, & Labor) committee meeting dealing with the Obama health care law. Over the next ten years, it is going to cost North Dakota an estimated $105 million above what the state is paying now (our state was the first one to get this calculated). Our insurance premiums will continue to go up at the same rate as if this law had not been passed. The IRS is going to increase its workers by 15,000 which is a 70% increase in hiring. If anybody is “Big Brother” in this country it is the IRS. Most of the experts agree, that we, North Dakota, were doing it right in the first place. And now we are going to be penalized.

    Our continuing look at the US Constitution takes us to the 21st amendment: “Section 1. The eighteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed. Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited. Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by congress.”

     Prohibition of liquors was repealed on Dec. 5th of 1933, and was one of FDR’s campaign promises. The government still regulates Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives, but also gives the states the power to regulate some of these. It was the only amendment ratified by conventions (to avoid political pressure) in the states rather than by the Legislatures and had to be done within seven years.

    The 22nd Amendment deals with Presidential Tenure: “Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of Pres., or acted as Pres., for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected Pres. shall be elected to the office of the Pres. more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of Pres., when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of Pres, or acting as Pres., during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of Pres., or acting as Pres. during the remainder of such term.”

    They used the word “President” 10 times in that paragraph. This imposes term limits for the President, but the Supreme Court ruled that the States can’t impose term limits on our Senators and Congresspersons. Truman was exempt from this amendment as it was passed in 1951. The President can’t serve more than 10 years meaning a Vice President can’t take over before the midway point of a four year term without it counting as a term.

     When I taught all the social studies (Grades 7 - 12) at New England High School I liked to have order in my room. The desks were always lined up in a straight row (with the troublemakers in the front, so I had easy access to them). And we operated in a timely fashion. I liked order and timing and learning and consistency. One time, the Home Ec. Department decided to have a sleep over at the school. The kids seemed to be roaming everywhere. Only in North Dakota do kids want to sleep over at school (most kids want to get away from it, not be there more). Maybe they just couldn’t get enough social studies (I doubt it). Anyway, when I came to school the next morning, my room was entirely reversed. The desks were pointing the opposite way, my desk was in the opposite corner. Even the pencils had the erasers on the wrong end. What to do, what to do, I am thinking to myself. Should I find the perpetrators and punish them? Or should I just say nothing and leave it the way it was. It would take the victory out of their prank and I kind of liked the new arrangement. So I left the room that way for the last 14 years of my career. That ought to teach them! Have a Good One!

Yours in the Spirit of the Republic,     Coach    


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