NO TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING PLAN
April 7, 2005
1:00 AM Eastern
President George W. Bush, Jr. established the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in April 2002. While very few Americans have taken notice, due to almost no coverage by television media, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) says it's a bad deal for Americans and their children. (search)
A new piece of legislation has been introduced in the Georgia State Legislature which just says "no" to the president's plan. S.R. 128 is a bill to oppose this mental health screening:
Senate Resolution 128 By: Senators Schaefer of the 50th, Cagle of the 49th, Mullis of the 53rd, Thomas of the 54th, Pearson of the 51st and others
Urging the Georgia Congressional Delegation to oppose mandatory mental health screening of American school children; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, President George W. Bush established the President´s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in April of 2002 and directed the commission to identify policies that could be implemented by federal, state, and local governments to maximize the utility of existing resources, improve coordination of treatments and services, and promote successful community integration for adults with a serious mental illness and children with a serious emotional disturbance; and
WHEREAS, the commission has recommended, among other things, mandatory mental health screening of American school children, meaning millions of school children will be forced to undergo psychiatric screening even in the face of opposition of their parents, shattering the fundamental right of parents to decide what medical treatment is appropriate for their children; and
WHEREAS, the commission´s recommendation was embraced by President Bush and both chambers of Congress, and funding was provided for such screening in the 2005 federal budget; and
WHEREAS, it is important to understand that the powerful pharmaceutical lobby is behind this idea because of its eagerness to sell psychotropic drugs to millions of new customers, and federal bureaucrats are just as eager to control our lives; and
WHEREAS, it is vital to the country´s freedom and to the strength of the American family to derail this dangerous mandate, either through repeal of enabling legislation or refusing to fund this Orwellian program.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY that the members of this body urge the Georgia Congressional Delegation to oppose implementation of the President´s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health recommendations regarding the mandatory mental health screening of America´s school children.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to the Georgia Congressional Delegation and to the press.
The states of the Union are not required to participate in any of these programs coming out of Washington, DC either as recommended by the president or even passed into law by the Congress. A peek at this jurisdiction issue came to light as a result of documents released under a Freedom of Information Act request regarding the secret meetings held by Hillary Rodham Clinton during her attempt to implement national health care. One of the documents exposed has been dubbed the "Zellman Memo" which reads:
Memorandum for Walter Zellman from Sallyanne Payton, clearly marked: Preliminary Draft for Official Use Only. Do Not Quote or Release For Any Purpose, page 4, Health Care Task Reform under Hillary Clinton:. Please note these sections:
"(b) may the federal government use other actors in the governmental system and the private sector as its agents and give them orders as though they were parts of a prefectorial system? The short answer is "no." State governments are independent, although subordinated, sovereignties, not subdivisions of the federal government.
"Although the federal government may regulate many of their functions directly [as well, for example, it subjects state water districts to the Clean Water Act], it may not require them to exercise their own governmental powers in a manner dictated by federal law. The states may be encouraged, bribed or threatened into entering into joint federal state programs of various sorts, from unemployment insurance to Medicaid; but they may not be commanded directly to use their own governmental apparatus in the service of federal policy. There is a modest jurisprudence of the Tenth Amendment that seems to have settled on this proposition. See the DOJ [Dept. of Justice] memorandum for a fuller elaboration."
Sponsors of S.R. 128 are asking the citizens of the State of Georgia to contact their representaives in the state legislature to vote yes on this resolution.
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The states of the Union are not required to participate in any of these programs coming out of Washington, DC either as recommended by the president or even passed into law by the Congress. A peek at this jurisdiction issue came to light as a result of documents released under a Freedom of Information Act