Daily Archives: March 26, 2009

Aussie PM in secret meeting with Chinese Communist propaganda minister

rudd_maoist

PM’s Secrecy Protects Chinese Communist Official

Epoch Time | Mar 26, 2009

By Shar Adams

The lack of transparency surrounding Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s meeting with Li Changchun—head of the Chinese Communist regime’s propaganda, media and ideology—has never been effectively explained. Information about some of Mr Li’s past activities, however, suggests the secrecy was implemented to save him the embarrassment of facing human rights protesters. Shar Adams reports.

Li Changchun, the Chinese politbureau’s man in control of information in and out of the mainland, snatched a propaganda coup when he secretly lunched with the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Lodge last week.

While the scrutiny of Australian media was successfully avoided, local journalists were left scrambling for information from China’s state controlled media, Xinhua and CCTV, who gloated over the Australian prime minister’s warm welcome of the fifth most important member of the Chinese politbureau.

Why the meeting was kept secret at such a crucial time in Australia’s bilateral relationship remains a mystery. The only explanation proffered by the Prime Minister’s Department was that it was deemed unnecessary to inform the media of such a high level meeting.

Mr Li’s background, however, suggests that the secrecy may have been about saving face, his face, in the light of some unsavoury activities in China.

Persecution of Falun Gong

A protégé of former President Jiang Zemin, Mr Li was the subject of a lawsuit filed by Falun Gong practitioners in France in 2004. According to Radio France International, he was being sued for “supporting crimes of torture against members of the group as an accomplice”.

“He supported brainwashing and torture of Falun Gong practitioners while serving as the Communist Party Secretary of Guangdong Province. So far, 26 Falun Gong deaths from torture in Guangdong Province have been verified. Of China’s 30 provinces, the number of deaths of Falun Gong practitioners in Guangdong ranked 8th,” said one of the plaintiffs, Zhang Jianping.

John Deller, from the New South Wales Falun Dafa Association, said the head of propaganda has been crucial in maintaining the lie about Falun Gong practitioners in China

“It is instrumental in destroying the reputation of Falun Gong, in dehumanising Falun Gong practitioners in the eyes of Chinese people and crucial in maintaining the persecution against Falun Gong.”

Mr Deller said secret meetings were the antithesis of an effective method to deal with human rights in China, pointing to the Human Rights Dialogue that Australia holds with China behind closed doors every year.

“It is the 10th anniversary of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. There has been a Human Rights Dialogue for each of those years and the persecution of Falun Gong continues,” he said.

HIV blood cover-up.

Li Changchun was also Communist Party Secretary in Henan Province from 1992 to 1998. At that time, a state-run programme of buying blood was promoted to poor farmers. Badly run and unhygienic, the programme turned to disaster when HIV began to surface in donors and receivers. Figures of those affected remain obscure, but it is estimated that at least one million people could have been infected.

A campaign of secrecy was immediately set in place “all to protect one man”, said Frenchman Pierre Haski, author of a book on the Henan AIDS disaster called Le Sang de la Chine (The Blood of China).

That man was Li Changchun, who has never been held accountable.

Only one man was charged, reported Hamish McDonald, Fairfax’s China correspondent at the time, and that was for leaking information to a Beijing NGO.

“All those widely regarded as culpable have gone on to receive promotions and perks,” he wrote.

As head of propaganda since 1998, Mr Li has been in a good position to ensure the cover-up sticks.

Tibetans

The secrecy of Mr Li’s meeting was not the only factor that upset Australian journalists, foreign observers and rights campaigners alike.

Mr Li took the time to visit senior reporters at The Australian newspaper and also Mark Scott, the managing director of the Australian national broadcaster, the ABC.

Reportedly, Mr Li had wanted to ensure that the “Chinese [regime’s] views on Tibet and other issues were fully represented”.

The Australian Tibet Council (ATC) responded with a statement saying the visit was a bit rich coming from a regime that ensures no one else’s views, bar the Communist Party’s, are represented in China and those views are a “distorted version of events”.

Paul Bourke, spokesperson for the ATC described Li Changchun’s behaviour “an extraordinary breach of international diplomatic norms”.

“Free reporting is fundamental to the protection of human rights and safeguarding against atrocities. It would be unthinkable for our Government to attempt to influence Chinese journalists, indeed journalists of any country.”

While Westerners may be agape at the brazen approach of the Chinese executive, all is seemingly going to Mr Li’s plan.

In a translation of minutes from a 2004 national meeting on “Overseas Propaganda”, Mr Li is quoted as saying: “It is a strategic task in the ideology and propaganda area to strengthen and improve the foreign propaganda.”

CDC Takes Closer Look at Gardasil and Paralysis

U.S. News | Mar 22, 2009

Phil Tetlock and Barbara Mellers were in a race against time to save their 15-year-old daughter, Jenny. As I reported last summer, Jenny developed a degenerative muscle disease nearly two years ago, soon after being vaccinated against the cervical-cancer-causing HPV. She became nearly completely paralyzed, though her mind was perfectly intact and she could still enjoy her pet parakeet, Hannah Montana, and Twilight.

I’ve been E-mailing Phil regularly over the past year, and up until our last E-mail, one week ago, he had been holding out hope that they would be able to find a cure for his daughter—or to at least determine if the human papillomavirus vaccine called Gardasil had caused his daughter’s illness, most likely a juvenile form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease). Sadly, the clock ran out last Sunday, and Jenny passed away.

Through their efforts to publicize Jenny’s case on their blog, Jenny’s parents have connected with two other sets of parents whose daughters developed what appears to be ALS after being injected with Gardasil. One was 22-year-old Whitney Baird, who died last August, just 13 months after receiving Gardasil. Another is Alicia Olund, a 12-year-old who began having trouble walking after getting her third shot last September. She now uses leg braces and a walker at home as her muscles continue to deteriorate. After ruling out other conditions, her specialists at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center—who also treated Jenny—suspect that Alicia may have the same condition. “They don’t know what she has,” her mother, Barbara, tells me through tears, “but it’s destroying her nerves and muscles, and none of the treatments they’ve given her are working. Before the vaccine, she was a perfectly healthy child, going for her brown belt in karate.” (They’re awaiting the results of the ALS test.)

I should point out that juvenile ALS is extremely rare, affecting just 1 in 2 million young people. It’s impossible to say at this point whether these girls would have developed the condition regardless of whether they received Gardasil, but government officials—who still strongly maintain that the vaccine is perfectly safe and potentially lifesaving—are now starting to investigate. Scientists from the Food and Drug Administration met recently with Jenny’s neurologists at UCSF to discuss whether it’s scientifically plausible for a vaccine to trigger ALS. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to scour its adverse-event database, called VAERS, to see whether other vaccinations have led to reports of ALS or other severe neurological complications.

Turns out, warnings concerning ALS and vaccines have been raised before. John Iskander, the CDC’s associate director for immunization safety, tells me the agency previously has received reports of ALS following the anthrax vaccine. This, in addition to the deaths of Jenny and Whitney, “kind of tells us that we need to look more broadly at this issue,” he says. He’s quick to add that “we’re doing just an initial review at this point; we don’t have suspicions that these are casually related.”

Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil, maintains that its vaccine is extremely safe and points out that it could potentially save women from dying of cervical cancer. “There are unusual and rare diseases that occur in girls and women in this age group whether they’re vaccinated or not,” says Rick Haupt, Merck’s head of the clinical program for Gardasil. “These patterns don’t indicate any causality.” He says no cases of ALS occurred in Merck’s clinical trials but also admits that the trials—which included thousands, not millions—weren’t large enough to detect such rare diseases.

Barbara Shapiro, an ALS expert and associate professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine who was enlisted by a mutual friend to help the Tetlocks do their research, isn’t ready to dismiss the cases as pure coincidence. She’s pored over the medical records of Jenny, Whitney, and Alicia and sees a striking similarity. “Juvenile ALS tends to progress very slowly over years or even decades, but these girls all seemed to have a more rapid, progressive form.” She also has uncovered another VAERS report in the CDC database that could be similar, but since it was filed by a pharmacist, the CDC told her it doesn’t have details on the girl’s identity. Shapiro worries that there may be more cases out there that the CDC doesn’t know about.

After all, she tells me, both Whitney and Alicia came to the CDC’s attention only after their parents discovered Jenny’s blog and Phil Tetlock urged them to file a VAERS report. This system of voluntary reporting of adverse events related to vaccines by doctors and patients is notoriously crude. All too often, adverse events go unreported, whereas many reports that are filed turn out not to be related at all to the vaccines. When I point this out to Iskander, he tells me that while VAERS certainly isn’t perfect, it’s pretty good at catching rare events.

But what if doctors wouldn ‘ t think to link the onset of ALS with a vaccination? I press him. “Reports in the media, such as the one you’re doing, are a good trigger to get doctors to file reports,” he responds. In fact, largely because of media attention, reports of adverse events for Gardasil are about five times as high as the overall average for any vaccine, he adds. So I suppose he’s hoping that if there are other girls out there who developed severe physical disabilities after receiving Gardasil, they’ll soon be entered into the VAERS database.

Still, I’m troubled by the complexities of all of this. How will the CDC ever be able to know whether there’s a true connection between Gardasil and ALS if this disease is so rare? And just how much evidence is needed? Iskander tells me he doesn’t make that decision but passes on all the information he has to the government’s vaccine working group, which makes recommendations about the national immunization schedule. “They are aware of these cases and that we’ve started discussions with neurologists and immunologists to determine if there are mechanisms that could explain how a vaccine could cause ALS,” Iskander says, adding that “I haven’t heard a good answer yet from these experts” when it comes to explaining a mechanism.

Shapiro says her suspicions are raised enough that she’s decided not to give her own 11-year-old daughter the Gardasil vaccine. “Let’s say it causes just one or two cases of ALS every year out of a million doses that are given. What if your daughter is the one?”

I haven’t decided yet whether I want to have my own teenage daughter vaccinated. The arguments for Gardasil are compelling: It protects against viruses responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancers, which still kill many women in this country. Since the vaccine is so new, until more evidence emerges I think it may be prudent for concerned parents to consider holding off until their daughters reach the verge of sexual activity.

60,000 civilian spies to get three-hour lesson in how to spot terrorists

Daily Mail | Mar 25, 2009

By Matthew Hickley

An army of 60,000 security guards trained to watch for terrorists and deal with attacks have had just three hours training – including a coffee break.

It emerged yesterday that staff at businesses taking part in ‘ Project Argus’ are shown a multimedia presentation describing a simulated terrorist attack, followed by a question-and-answer session and group discussion.

The project’s website states: ‘The whole event including a coffee break will last three hours.’

In the latest Labour anti-terror initiative, huge numbers of staff on rail networks, at airports, shopping centres, public buildings and sports venues have been picked out by MI5 and the police to be taught how to watch for ‘suspicious behaviour’ and respond swiftly in the event of an atrocity.

The Home Office plans are likely to raise questions over the effectiveness of an army of amateur ‘terrorist-watchers’.

Writing in a Sunday newspaper, the Prime Minister said the public ‘should be under no illusion’ that ‘the biggest security threat to our country and other countries is the murderous agents of hate that work under the banner of Al Qaeda’.

Home Office insiders acknowledged that for many of the 60,000, the training will merely build on similar duties they undertake as part of their everyday work.

The ambitious scheme is the latest in a series of Labour schemes on terror which have met with limited success.

It was announced as Home Secretary Jacqui Smith prepares to publish tomorrow what she claims is the Government’s most detailed counter-terrorism strategy to date: Contest Two. It will take in lessons from the November attacks in Mumbai.

On BBC1’s Politics Show on Sunday Miss Smith said an attack on Britain remained ‘highly likely’.

Home Office officials said Britain would be spending £3.5billion a year on counterterrorism by 2011, while the number of specialist police officers has risen from 1,700 to 3,000 since 2003. Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling said the public should help in fighting terrorism.

But he added: ‘My big concern is that the Government is still not doing enough to tackle individuals and groups who are fostering the hatred and extremism that lies behind the terrorist threat.’

The New World Order’s ObamaNation

Matt Taibbi has written an important article in this month’s Rolling Stone magazine. In it he explains to the reader, in laymen’s terms, just what happened, how it happened, and who benefited from the massive taxpayer bailouts of Wall Street’s biggest firms. But, most importantly, he hits the nail on the head by saying that the Republic is officially dead (and we do hear the dirge) — there is no more pretense that we live in a democracy under the rule of law, because now the lawless ones have “officially” taken over the apparatus of the state and given us the finger in the process. Yes, as Taibbi’s says: “We are royally f***ed.” Congress is now a collection of rubber stampers, and the people — Wall Street slaves.

by Redpill8

Cleveland Indymedia | Mar 24, 2009

Taibbi writes in the “The Big Takeover”:

obama_kool-aid“The crisis was the coup de grâce: Given virtually free rein over the economy, these same insiders first wrecked the financial world, then cunningly granted themselves nearly unlimited emergency powers to clean up their own mess. And so the gambling-addict leaders of companies like AIG end up not penniless and in jail, but with an Alien-style death grip on the Treasury and the Federal Reserve — “our partners in the government,” as Liddy put it with a shockingly casual matter-of-factness after the most recent bailout.”

The gambler-addicts have taken over and are running (and ruining) the country, and, we can bet that they will be jonesing for their next fix soon. Just the other day, in an effort to stave off Wall Street’s DDTs, Geithner injected these vampires with liquidity by promising to take their toxic assets off the balance sheet with taxpayer’s blood. But, as anyone who has ever known an addict will tell you, it will get worse, much worse as addicts are expert liars and manipulators. They will say, and do, anything to get their next fix. Lock your doors and hide what little, and, hopefully, what ‘real’ money you have left.

Although I commend Matt for putting many of the festering pieces together to help us understand the legalized, mafioso-world of high finance and their partners in crime in congress, there are a few notable dots in this exposé that he forgot to connect — namely, the relationships that certain Obama cabinet members have to those benefitting most from the bailout (though Taibbi does mention some of these cancerous moles in his article).

For instance, one of the key benefactors of the bailout-“stimulus” bills not mentioned in the article is that perennial fixer/war criminal Henry Kissinger — and, as a corollary, his corporate clients (but you intuitively already knew that, didn’t you?). Yes, Obama’s trusted servant, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, worked for three years with Kissinger Associates, supposedly helping Henry research a book. And, after this literary stint with Kissinger, the ambitious Geithner went to work at the U.S. Treasury as Under Secretary for International Affairs under Robert Rubin (a Goldman Sachs man) and Lawrence Summers — two key players who help usher in the deregulation of the financial industry by lobbying for the ruination of the Glass-Steagall Act.

Why is this important? Well, it may have to do with the fact the A.I.G. — the company being publicly pilloried today for dolling out millions of dollars in executive bonuses — is a strategic partner with Kissinger Associates, Inc.

In an article written by John Horne for 9/11review.org we read:

American International Group, Inc. (AIG), The Blackstone Group L. P. and Kissinger Associates Inc. announced the establishment of a new venture to provide financial advisory services to corporations seeking high-level independent strategic advice. […] The venture will operate globally and will take advantage of the existing relationships between the partners:

– AIG has an ownership interest in Blackstone and is an investor in several of Blackstone’s private equity funds;

– AIG and Blackstone have a joint venture, specializing in restructuring and M&A (mergers and acquisitions) advisory services in selected Asian countries;

– Henry Kissinger chairs both AIG’s International Advisory Board and the advisory boards of several AIG-sponsored Infrastructure Funds.

Kissinger Associates, by John Horne

Is our New World Order jigsaw puzzle beginning to take shape now? Oh, but it gets better…

Timmy’s father, Peter Geithner, fits in miraculously to the mix as he was is a former top official of the Ford Foundation (a NWO front group) who knew Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham-Soetoro, when she was working on “microfinance” programs in Indonesia. Indeed, the elite travel in a very small circles.

The puzzle begins to take shape further when we see how our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and her hubby, Bill, are “life-long friends”with Thomas F. (Mack) McLarty, III, who joined Kissinger Associates, Inc. to form Kissinger McLarty Associates in 1992.

According to Wikipedia: Kissinger Associates (McLarty left the firm in January 2008 to start his own company) specialty is in “assisting its clientele in identifying strategic partners and investment opportunities, and advises clients on government relations throughout the world. It was established in July, 1982 after loans had been secured from Goldman Sachs and a consortium of three other banks.”

So, the puzzle is becoming clear with anyone with eyes to see. With a good chunk of the bailout money going to Kissinger-affiliated firms like A.I.G., JPMorgan Chase, and Goldman Sachs; and with the recent reshuffling of strategic partners (bye-bye Bear Stearns and Lehman Bros, plus the many community banks that have been taken over or shut down because they bought into the toxic mortgage schemes); and with the new investment opportunities that Geithner is now promising Wall Street firms, we see what the financial crisis really is — a well-structure M&A (merging and acquisition) project of the United States of America, which follows perfectly Kissinger Associates, Inc. strategic goals.

The government will now be taking all its marching orders straight from the central banking- NWO elite as declared by Obama’s new National Security Adviser, Jim Jones, speaking at CFR function:

“Thank you for that wonderful tribute to Henry Kissinger yesterday. Congratulations. As the most recent National Security Advisor of the United States, I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger, filtered down through General Brent Scowcroft and Sandy Berger, who is also here. We have a chain of command in the National Security Council that exists today.” — “NSC advisor Jones: “I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger”, Infowars.com

Of course these relationships between individuals who are in key positions in the Obama administration and shady consulting firms like Kissinger Associates would have no baring on Obama’s agenda? Of course not. He’s his own man, they keep telling us. And, if you believe that, there is some Kool-Aid they would like you to drink. Maybe today’s new Jim Jones will administer it.

Woman Receives Brain Implant To Lose Weight

WPXI | Mar 24, 2009

brain_implantMORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Local doctors inserted an implant in a patient that will stimulate her brain, regulate her metabolism and hopefully help her lose weight.

Pamela Beach is the first patient to receive the brain stimulating implant. She said it was a last resort after trying to lose weight most of her life.

“It was very scary, but when you deal with a chronic illness all the time, I think you just reach out for any kind of hope,” said Beach.

Dr. Donald Whiting, who heads the study at West Virginia University, said the implant will provide hope for those who, try as they might, just can’t lose weight.

“By putting a regulator, a stimulator in that part of the brain, to down-regulate or up-regulate that certain part of the brain, we can affect the whole mix of hormones and neurological interactions to actually change metabolism,” said Whiting.

So far, the deep brain stimulation that the device provides appears to be working — Beach has lost 15 pounds since it was implanted in November.

Bank of China to Win Approval in Rothschild Deal

“Rothschild is a healthy bank with a clear market niche, and it doesn’t have all those risky assets.”

Bloomberg | Mar 24, 2009

By Luo Jun

March 24 (Bloomberg) — Bank of China Ltd., the world’s third-largest lender by market value, received initial government approval for its delayed 236 million-euro ($322 million) investment in La Compagnie Financiere Edmond De Rothschild, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

The purchase of a 20 percent stake in the Paris-based asset manager was endorsed by China’s State Council ahead of an April 1 deadline, the people said, declining to be identified because the matter is private. Bank of China expects to get a response from the government “very soon,” President Li Lihui said today.

Bank of China was forced to extend an original Dec. 31 deadline for the deal, announced in September, after failing to get state approval. The move may be a sign the Chinese government is easing curbs on overseas acquisitions by financial firms that were imposed after almost $10 billion of losses on investments, including in Morgan Stanley and Barclays Plc.

“The government is more worried when they can’t see where the risks of the acquisitions are,” said May Yan, a Hong Kong- based analyst at Nomura International HK Ltd. “This deal is relatively small. Rothschild is a healthy bank with a clear market niche, and it doesn’t have all those risky assets.”

Bank of China, which posted a wider-than-expected 59 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit today, rose 2.2 percent in Hong Kong before the results were announced. Financial stocks rallied worldwide after the U.S. yesterday unveiled a plan to remove $500 billion of toxic assets from its banks.

$570 Billion Cash

Compagnie Financiere Edmond de Rothschild, the French fund- management unit of closely held LCF Rothschild Group, and Bank of China will begin an asset-management and private-banking venture to sell Rothschild’s financial products through the Chinese lender’s 10,800 branches, according to a Sept. 18 statement announcing the investment. The French firm managed 29.6 billion euros in assets at the end of 2007.

Chinese banks are more confident about making acquisitions over the next 12 months than rivals in other parts of the Asia- Pacific region because of their “comparatively stronger balance sheets,” PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said yesterday, citing a survey done this year.

Outperforming Rivals

Chinese banks posted a 31 percent increase in combined profit for 2008 and will continue to outperform overseas rivals, Liu Mingkang, chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, said last month. The nation’s three largest banks held a total of $570 billion in cash and cash equivalents as of Sept. 30, more than the combined market value of the world’s seven biggest non-Chinese lenders.

The last overseas bank acquisition to receive approval was China Merchants Bank Co.’s purchase of Hong Kong’s Wing Lung Bank Ltd. in September. That acquisition was completed only after China Merchants twice extended a deadline.

Chinese regulators last week blocked Coca-Cola Co.’s $2.3 billion takeover of the country’s biggest domestic juicemaker, citing competition concerns.

Pennsylvania Legislators Unveil State Sovereignty Bill

The Bulletin | Mar 25, 2009

By Michael P. Tremoglie

Joined by an Oklahoma lawmaker, state Rep. Samuel E. Rohrer, R-128th, of Berks County, and state Sen. Mike Folmer, R-48th, of Lebanon County, held a “State of Independence” rally in Harrisburg’s Capitol Rotunda last week.

They unveiled a resolution that was designed to defend the rights of Pennsylvania as a sovereign state under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. It was formally submitted to the state legislature on Friday.

“The quiet consolidation of power by the federal government is a threat to all citizens, because too much power in too few hands ends in tyranny,” Mr. Rohrer said. “The days of federal politicians taking credit for bold initiatives while silently shifting the costs to state treasuries must come to an end.”

Messrs. Rohrer and Folmer were joined by Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Randy Brogdon, who introduced a similar measure in the Oklahoma Legislature. State lawmakers from New Hampshire, Arizona and South Carolina also participated through pre-recorded remarks.

The lawmakers’ measure — a joint resolution for consideration by the Pennsylvania House and Senate — is part of a movement taking place in states across America to reaffirm their sovereign rights under the Tenth Amendment, which states:

“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.”

The joint resolution, which was introduced by Mr. Rohrer in the House and by Mr. Folmer in the Senate, chides federal lawmakers for exceeding their constitutional limits on authority and urges them to stop any future federal mandates or funding enticements that are inconsistent with their powers as enumerated in the U.S. Constitution.

Mr. Rohrer pointed specifically to federal funding schemes that “bribe” state lawmakers by encouraging them to expand government programs in exchange for increased federal funding.

“Basically, you have a taxpayer in Pennsylvania who sends their tax dollar to Washington, D.C., and the federal government uses that tax dollar to bribe state lawmakers to expand a program that otherwise would be too costly to operate,” Mr. Rohrer said. “With the federal government providing incentives for states to overspend, is it any wonder so many states are facing budgetary problems?”

For the 2008-09 fiscal year that will end in June, the federal government provided approximately $18.6 billion in funding to Pennsylvania’s state government. That money does not include any additional funding that may be forthcoming under the recently enacted federal stimulus plan. Every dollar in federal funding has some form of restrictions — or strings attached — that limits that state’s freedom to spend it in the areas deemed most appropriate by state lawmakers.

“We have federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C., telling Pennsylvania what its priorities ought to be,” Mr. Rohrer said. “That means you have federal lawmakers from San Francisco and New York City setting priorities for Pennsylvania. That shouldn’t be happening.”

In addition to the funding issue, Mr. Rohrer pointed to other policies enacted by the federal government, which he argues go beyond its authority as outlined in the Constitution. Specifically, Mr. Rohrer pointed to:

• A federal law (Real ID) requiring states to create new, intrusive personal identification cards

• The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, which pressures states and local school districts to conform to federally mandated education policies

• Federal programs and regulations that intervene in the private health care market and place undue restrictions and burdens on doctors and patients

“As time goes on, the federal government has become more involved in areas where it has no constitutional authority to do so,” Mr. Rohrer said. “We’re at a breaking point. If states don’t start to push back and hold federal politicians accountable under the Constitution, we could very easily lose the republic that our Founding Fathers fought so hard to create.”

The resolution was referred to the state government committee. If adopted by the General Assembly, it would not have the effect of law, but it would be a symbolic expression of the legislative body’s sentiments.