State muscle on the move.
For Idaho's Monty Pearce, Obama and the
Democratic-led Congress are destroying the American system. "There are
now 27 states that are in on the lawsuit against Obamacare," Pearce
said. "What if those 27 states do the same thing we do with
nullification? It's a killer."
After leading the nation last year in passing a law to sue the
federal government over the health care overhaul, Idaho’s
Republican-dominated Legislature now plans to use an obscure 18th
century doctrine to declare President Barack Obama’s signature bill null
Lawmakers in six other states — Maine, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska,
Texas and Wyoming — are also mulling “nullification” bills, which
contend states, not the U.S. Supreme Court, are the ultimate arbiter of
when Congress and the president run amok.
It’s a concept that’s won favor among many tea party adherents who believe Washington, D.C., is out of control.