Obama Can’t Deal with EBOLA without Congress, and Congress is MIA
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “This is the point, ladies and gentlemen. It doesn’t matter whether or not the CDC likes it. It doesn’t matter whether or not Obama likes it. In the absence of Congress acting here and exercising an enumerated power, this is an exclusive power reserved to the states. It’s not an issue. It shouldn’t be debatable. These governors that are acting on behalf of their citizens have every right to, and, as I said, I think every responsibility to.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
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“Imagine that you’re the person in charge of public health of the people of…the most densely populated state in the union—and these protocols continue to move and change,” Christie said. “It was my conclusion that we needed to do this to protect the public health of the people of New Jersey. Gov. Cuomo agreed, and now [Chicago’s] Mayor Emanuel agreed, and I believe the CDC will come around…”
Mike: Well, the CDC has to come around because they don’t have a say-so in it. This is the point, ladies and gentlemen. It doesn’t matter whether or not the CDC likes it. It doesn’t matter whether or not Obama likes it.
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If Occidental, BOAC, British Occidental Airline Corporation, if the BAOC were still flying and they wanted to fly from Heathrow to Kennedy, Congress would regulate that commerce. That’s Congress’s wheelhouse. New York, once the stuff is on the ground, could also have, under its police powers, the jurisdiction to say: We think those planes are carrying infectious diseases.
How many of you can recall, back in the early ‘90s — Paul, you guys probably aren’t old enough to remember this. There were outbreaks of what’s called mad cow disease. Before the federales could act to deal with this, and because Congress hadn’t acted, there were several states that banned the importation of English beef for fear of mad cow. My point is clear.
The precedent is clear. We are not acting as self-governing people if we sit around and bellyache and demand that the president deal with this. We’re not acting as constitutionalists if we sit around and bellyache for political expedience and demand that the president deal with Ebola. He doesn’t’ have the authority. He could have the power conferred on him by an act of Congress to execute their wishes, but until they do so, he can’t claim it.
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