Editor, This letter is in response to state Rep. Al Williams’ column in Wednesday’s paper. I believe he missed the point with the two House bills that he opposes concerning the Affordable Care Act, i.e. Obamacare. The issue is not that the state should or should not support such a law for partisan reasons, but that Georgia is an independent sovereign state and should not be forced to do the will of any federal president or Congress without the state’s approval.
Democrats like to use “to promote the general welfare” powers of the Constitution to justify taking sovereignty away from the states. The states are losing their independence, and if they don’t fight back, the states will cease to exist and all of the power will settle in Washington. Health-care management should belong to the state, and the federal government should not be able to force a state to spend its taxpayer money to support regulations imposed by the federal government.
Also, I am a strong believer in drug testing for any money given by the government to people who do not work for it. If the law is properly written, it can pass the unreasonable-search provision of the Constitution, which states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures . . .” The key word here is “unreasonable.” If someone can afford illegal drugs of any kind, they can afford to buy food.
Rep. Williams forgets that there are 50 independent states and not just one federal state.
— Len Calderone