The biggest news of 2010 was the gain of 690 state legislative seats by Republicans and their capture of both state houses in 26 states. Here are some New Year's resolutions for laws they should consider passing in 2011.
HEALTH CARE: "Out-of-pocket medical expenses shall be tax deductible" and "self-paying patients shall not be charged more by a hospital than what it charges insurance companies for the same services." Explanation: Third-party payments are driving up medical costs; the best antidote to ObamaCare is more patient power.
WITHDRAWAL OF COURT JURISDICTION: "The courts of this state shall not consider, apply or invoke foreign law in resolving any domestic dispute." Explanation: Foreign law has no legitimate role in America.
HOME SCHOOLING: "No publicly funded school or organization shall deny home-schooled students the right to participate in sports, extracurricular activities or scholarships." Explanation: Home-schoolers pay taxes and should not be discriminated against.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION: "No governmental entity shall deduct any portion of a worker's paycheck to fund any political activities." Explanation: It is un-American to force a worker to donate to a candidate, yet many government unions support liberal candidates from payroll deductions.
PRIVATE PROPERTY: "Eminent domain shall not be used against private property for another privately owned use." Explanation: Use of eminent domain has been abusive, as illustrated by the Kelo v. New London decision.
VIDEO GAMES: "There shall be no sale, rental or arcade-playing of extremely violent video games by children without parental consent." Explanation: Video games are increasingly graphic and harmful.
ELECTION FRAUD: "To protect the integrity of elections, voting shall be on Election Day with photo ID required, and early or mail-in voting shall be allowed only for good cause." Explanation: Early voting is undermining Election Day and encouraging voter fraud.
FAMILY COURTS: "A restraining order for domestic violence shall issue only on proof of clear and convincing evidence," and "divorced parents shall have joint (50-50) legal and physical custody of their children unless proof shows a parent to be unfit." Explanation: The anti-father abuses by family courts must stop.
TITLE IX: "No publicly funded school in this state shall eliminate a boys' or men's sports team for which there is sufficient demand in order to meet a numeric quota of participation by gender in sports." Explanation: Colleges and even high schools are imposing feminist quotas to eliminate male sports teams.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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