10th Amendment: Ted Cruz Lays Out Indictment of Obama Encroachments on TexasSubmitted by Allegory on Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:22
By Todd J. Gillman
WASHINGTON – Sen. Ted Cruz’s disdain for President Obama’s policies is no less ardent than his advocacy of the 10th Amendment – the one protecting states’ rights.
On Tuesday morning, he released a six-page report on “The Obama Administration’s Assault on Texas,” highlighting some of the legal friction points between the state and federal governments and warning that Obama has sought to expand federal power at the expense of states, especially Texas.
This isn’t a scholarly legal analysis, though Cruz – a former law clerk to a chief justice of the United States – is certainly capable of that. Rather it’s more of a political indictment and set of talking points for anyone primed to be riled at Washington overreach, as Cruz fans tend to be.
It decries the “expansive view of federal power in litigation against the State of Texas,” focusing on 10 cases that “show a consistent pattern of an Administration bent on displacing State sovereignty.”
Among the outrages Cruz highlights was the attempt to force states to expand Medicaid under Obamacare; the Supreme Court tossed out that element of the health care law 7-2.