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Minnesota Republican governor Tim Pawlenty has been touted as a potential GOP candidate for president. Pawlenty's name came up quite often as a possible vice-presidential pick for John McCain in 2008.
Ex-Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, Senator John Ensign (NV) and South Carolina governor Mark Sanford have also been touted as possible GOP presidential candidates for 2012. Each one has been having their own personal difficulties of late, to say the least.
Governor Pawlenty, though he hasn't resigned his governorship, like Palin....nor been caught committing adultery with a staff member or hiking the Appalachian Trail, like Ensign and Sanford......has been making some rather interesting public comments lately.
Listen (starting at the 1:30 mark) to how Pawlenty answers the question about Obama's health care reform bill "killing grandma"....
Pawlenty..."those are not irrational concerns." Worrying about whether a new Obama-led Democratic health care reform bill will "kill grandma" is not, according to Pawlenty, "an irrational concern."
Here's what Governor Pawlenty had to say about Obama speaking to America's school children.....
Pawlenty said that showing the address..... could be disruptive and raises concerns "about the content and the motive," he said on WCCO radio early this morning. He also said that the speech is "uninvited."
..."At a minimum it's disruptive, number two, it's uninvited and number three, if people would like to hear his message they can, on a voluntary basis, go to YouTube or some other source and get it. I don't think he needs to force it upon the nation's school children," Pawlenty said at the State Fair during a brief interview with members of the media.
On the radio, Pawlenty said he understood the address would encourage school children to write to the president.
"There are going to be questions about -- well, what are they are going to do with those names and is that for the purpose of a mailing list?" the governor said.
Pawlenty's most recent statements sound similar to the secessionist talk heard from Governor Rick Perry (TX).....
"Depending on what the federal government comes out with here, asserting the 10th Amendment may be a viable option," Pawlenty said, when asked about it by a caller on a Republican Governors Association conference call. "But we don't know the details. As one of the other callers said, we can't get the President to outline what he does or doesn't support in any detail. So we'll have to see, I would have to say that it's a possibility."
Pawlenty made it clear that he and other Republican governors will be more assertive about the 10th Amendment: "I think we can see hopefully see a resurgence in claims and maybe even bring up lawsuits if need be."
Other more wild eyed Republicans have been suggesting the same thing.
The Tenth Amendment....
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Here's what Article one, section 8 of the Constitution says....
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States;....
Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veteran's Administration have been, socialistically, providing for the general medical welfare of millions of Americans for decades. Yet, Tim Pawlenty says that Republican governors may have to resort to claiming exclusion from Obama's health care reform legislation on 10th amendment grounds.
This is reminiscent of Palin, Sanford, Gov. Jindal (LA) and others claiming they could, and would, refuse to take their portion of Obama's stimulus monies. The states took the money.
Tim Pawlenty, the alleged rising-star in the GOP, in just the last 30 days, has hitched his electoral wagon to three preposterously outrageous far-right extremist views.
Pawlenty rebuked Obama for daring to speak to school children about working hard and staying in school, claiming that school children writing letters to the president is only an opportunity for Obama to develop a scary list of names, or something.
Pawlenty says that wondering whether Obama wants to "kill grandma" is not an "irrational concern."
Pawlenty, wrongly, suggests his state, and perhaps others, will have to invoke the Tenth Amendment to fend off Obama's health care reform policies.
Republican Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty, is a proud "Schooler', Deather" and "Tenther."
What he isn't.....is presidential material.
Just consider.....Tim Pawlenty is the leading contender for the GOP presidential primary in 2012.
What does that say about today's Republican Party?