Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Kentucky Governor gives up, hopes judge won't notice

Many Bluegrass State voters have had reason to wonder if Steve Beshear thinks we are all stupid. With a new court filing just released, members of the Commonwealth's judicial branch can now understand the feeling.

Asked repeatedly which sections of the Kentucky Constitution grant him authority to unilaterally reorganize state government to create an optional health benefit "exchange" under ObamaCare, Beshear has finally answered.

It is shockingly bad.

Beshear claimed the "Executive Order which is the subject of the Complaint is a valid exercise of state executive authority under Sections 69 and 81 of the Kentucky Constitution."

But, of course, it isn't.

Section 69 of the Constitution reads in its entirety: "The supreme executive power of the Commonwealth shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate, who shall be styled the "Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.""

No, I'm not kidding.

Section 81 is no more helpful to the Governor's flagging case. It reads in its entirety: "Governor to enforce laws. He shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

Again, not kidding.

This is so bad it's almost not funny. Please, Governor, shut down this nonsense now.