Saturday, December 17, 2011

What took our Congressmen so Long?

Finally, our national representatives are asking that the Emergency Manager law in Michigan be looked at to see if it violates the US Constitution. Had they been readers of my blog, they could have done this back in June when I asked the very same question. The post was short, so I'll print part of it again.

The Contract Clause appears in the United States Constitution, Article I, section 10, clause 1.
It states:
No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
The Contract Clause prohibits states from enacting any law that retroactively impairs contract rights.

So, someone please explain to me how the State of Michigan can give any one singular person the right to negate labor contracts with employees of that government. Or impair negotiated benefits retroactively.

If our state representatives (oops, Republican representatives) were doing their jobs, they would have researched this before acting.

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