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Shea-Porter on Health Bill: “The Constitution did not Cover Everything”

August 26, 2009 by Shawn Millerick  
Filed under News & Politics

In what may prove to be her most controversial remarks to date, Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) on Tuesday defended Washington’s efforts to reform the American health care system by telling a talk radio caller, “The Constitution did not cover everything.”

Shea-Porter serves on the House Education and Labor Committee, one of three committees in the House with jurisdiction over health reform.

Caller Dennis from Manchester asked Shea-Porter during a broadcast on WGIR radio, “I just wanted to know where it says in the Constitution that the Democratic Party, and the Republican Party for that matter, can pretty much do what they’re trying to do?”

“I would point out to you that in the Constitution it also does not say the government can build roads or should build roads,” Shea-Porter replied. “It also doesn’t say the government should make sure the drugs are safe. It doesn’t say the government should look at airplanes to make sure they are safe to get on. It doesn’t say we should have a police force in Manchester.”

“So, the Constitution did not cover everything,” Shea-Porter concluded.

Shea-Porter has made a string of controversial remarks in recent weeks. Earlier this summer, she argued that, “Many of my constituents would love to wait in line for medical care.”

She has also been the subject of mounting criticism for refusing to hold New Hampshire-style town hall meetings during the August recess. She has since agreed to hold two such meetings on Saturday, but she will make attendees pass through a metal detector and run the contents of their bags through an X-Ray machine.

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12 Responses to “Shea-Porter on Health Bill: “The Constitution did not Cover Everything””
  1. Working Stiff says:

    This woman is way beyond her Peter Principle / pay grade. An absolute embarrassment for NH.
    The Constitution is on 6 pages, and I doubt she’s read them based upon this comment alone.
    Imagine what she does with a 1000 pages.

  2. doe says:

    I hope everyone knows about Carol Shea Porter’s Town Hall Meetings on Saturday 8/29/09. There is 2 scheduled, the 1st one is at the Norris Cotton Federal Building at 275 Chestnut St. in Manchester, NH 03101 and begins at 11:00 Am but you must show up before 10:00 AM to start the federal security screening( No Weapons are allowed on federal property) the meeting is scheduled to end at 12:00 PM then she will travel to Portsmouth, NH for her 2nd Town Hall Meeting, I am not sure of the specifics.

  3. Vis Unita Fortior says:

    If the alternative is we’re going to say that “regulating interstate commerce” covers things like multi-billion-dollar highway projects, permanently selling public land to railroad companies for pennies an acre, and using eminent domain laws to seize private land for toll plazas and off ramps… much less claiming that sending billions in cash and military hardware to Mexico and Columbia and everywhere else in Latin America and supporting our allied governments and their candidates down there to oppose the drug trade is “regulating foreign commerce”… I think I prefer a politician just coming straight out and saying that their project is not something established by the Constitution the way CSP has done here rather than complete unmitigated bull***t stories like the above trying to falsely paint the Constitutional exceptions _everyone_ makes for their own causes and projects as enshrined by the Founding Fathers or something.

    I’m fed up with liberal bull***t and I’m fed up with conservative bull***t too. As far as I’m concerned, kudos to CSP for saying it straight if nothing else. And people are trying to say CSP is hiding from tough confrontations with her constituents… that sure as heck didn’t sound like hiding or evasion to me.

  4. Toby Olson says:

    It has been shown that the people elected to public office are not the smartest tools in the shed when it comes to civics. This blubbering idiot only demonstrates it further. Check it out yourself: http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/

    Elected Officials Score Lower than the General Public

    Officeholders typically have less civic knowledge than the general public. On average, they score 44%, five percentage points lower than non-officeholders.

    * Thirty percent of elected officials do not know that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are the inalienable rights referred to in the Declaration of Independence.

  5. This sums it up best:

    Where to start with this foolishness? Shea-Porter apparently labors under the mistaken belief that Congress runs everything in the US, instead of the proper role of Congress, which is to run the federal government. The Constitution sets their power and circumscribes it rather clearly in Article I, Section 8 and Section 9 of the Constitution. The Tenth Amendment reserves all other powers to the states or to the people, underscoring the explicit limitation on Congressional power:

    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.

    Therefore, when the Constitution does not “cover” a subject, it explicitly and expressly intends for Congress and the federal government to butt out.

    The examples Shea-Porter gives are equally clueless. Drugs, roads, and airplanes fall fairly understandably under the interstate commerce clause of Article I Section 8, although roads in particular have led to a chronic abuse of power by Congress. Transportation bills fund all sorts of pork-barrel projects — it’s perhaps the most pork-filled of annual appropriations — and fund projects that have nothing to do with interstate commerce.

    However, Manchester does not REQUIRE Congressional approval to establish a police force. Congress has no authority to approve or block the establishment of local and state law-enforcement agencies, a fact someone who’s served in Congress should understand. That argument actually works against Shea-Porter; America has had local law enforcement without Congressional intervention for the entirety of its history, and that’s managed to work out well, perhaps because of the lack of Congressional interference.

  6. schmaltzie says:

    How do we keep electing morons to office. Is it because smart people don’t bother running?

  7. Malcom Z says:

    NH vote this moron out of office already. Her ignorance of the Constitution is appalling. The document is not what federal government can do, but what it should not do. It is a limiting document and that’s why bureaucrats and politicians hate it. It limits their options.

    Get this piece garbage OUT!!!

  8. JasonA says:

    What an idiot. It was not supposed to cover everything. The items not covered are the for the people and the states. This type of think is precisely why we are, where we are. Both of these parties continually trample our Constitution.

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