Immigration is another social issue where decision-making power is being taken away from the people and assumed by supremacist judges. On Sept. 9, a federal appellate court ruled against the Hazleton, Pa., city ordinance that required landlords to rent only to legal residents and employers to hire only legal residents.
On July 28, a federal judge proclaimed that Arizona cannot enforce its new law passed to enforce existing laws about illegal aliens. The judge thus overrode the will of the big majority of Americans who not only support the Arizona law but want their own state to pass a law just like it.
On July 14, a federal judge stopped enforcement of a Nebraska law (passed by the unicameral legislature 44 to five) establishing that abortionists should inform women about health risks (such as breast cancer). Abortion is a very live social issue now that polls show the majority of Americans believe abortion is wrong.
Congress is now debating the military rule called "don't ask, don't tell." But on Sept. 9, a federal judge grabbed the issue away from our elected representatives, calling it unconstitutional.
The fiscal conservatives who argue that only money issues should be part of political debate should face the reality that social issues are the chief purpose of President Obama's big-spending bills. The decline in marriage and the increase in illegitimate births (41 percent last year of all U.S. births) are the principal cause of the growth of the welfare state.
Federal taxpayers are now providing some or all the living expenses for 40 percent of Americans through means-tested handouts, mostly to the unmarried. This is the actuality of Obama's boast to Joe the Plumber to spread the wealth around.
The Obama Democrats know which side their bread is buttered on: 70 percent of unmarried women voted for Obama in 2008, and Obama's strategists want to increase that number. They even put a marriage penalty in Obamacare.
There is no way to cut the current fiscal havoc unless we reduce the handouts of taxpayers' money caused by social issues and cut taxes on small businesses so they can create more jobs. Remember Ronald Reagan's maxim: If you subsidize something, you'll get more of it; if you tax it, you'll get less of it.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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