Remember the old saying about laws being made to be broken? Well really they aren’t made to be broken, nor ignored by anyone, even elected officials and even if it will benefit part of our society.
Imagine getting ticketed for driving under the speed limit because the funds raised when you paid the ticket were going to help the less fortunate, or build a library or such. Then imagine that when you hired a lawyer to defend your rights by pointing out that the police were not following the law, only to find that local officials had begun an attack on your lawyer, hindering their ability to defend you. This scenario might seem a bit far fetched, yet this is essentially what is going on right now between Attorney General Rob McKenna and Gov. Gregiore.
Recently the Federal Government passed a Healthcare bill which will financially impact everyone in our state. Our top state lawyer, thinks that the federal government has overstepped their authority the same what the cop did when he wrote the ticket. He pointed out two ways that he feels the Federal Government is out of line:
"I believe this new federal health care measure unconstitutionally imposes new requirements on our state and on its citizens. This unprecedented federal mandate, requiring all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance, violates the Commerce Clause and the 10th amendment of the US Constitution." "I’m concerned that the measure unconstitutionally requires all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance and places an extraordinary burden on our state budget by requiring Washington to expand its Medicaid eligibility standards in violation of our state’s rights guaranteed under the10th amendment."
But instead of praising him for standing up to the Fed’s to protect the people of Washington’s legal interests, our Governor is working with legislators to pull funding from the AG office so that they won’t be able to defend us. Her reasoning? Well apparently Gov. Gregoire doesn’t have a legal reason for hobbling the AG office because even though she is the former AG, she doesn’t respond with a legal argument, but rather she keeps strongly pointing out how many will benefit from recent National healthcare legislation.
Gregoire said. "I don’t think he represents a million and a half Washingtonians that will be helped by this. I don’t think he represents small business that will be helped by this. I don’t think he represents Medicare people who will be helped by this."
It’s bad government for Gov. Gregoire or any elected official to pick and choose money over law. And I have a hard time calling anything reform if the reform includes a mandate to break the law.