Our Voices Arkansas

The Voices of Grassroots Conservatives Across Arkansas

Apr 19, 2016

Who Ya Gonna Trust, the Arkansas GOP?

Shame on Arkansas’s GOP Governor and pro-Obamacare lawmakers, who are abandoning good governance, as well as the values of their own political party, when they circumvent the Arkansas Constitution to have their way on the Governor’s unethical Medicaid Expansion ploy. Good public policy first depends on trust between lawmakers and their constituents. If ever there...

by OurVoicesAR

Share Button

trust-argopShame on Arkansas’s GOP Governor and pro-Obamacare lawmakers, who are abandoning good governance, as well as the values of their own political party, when they circumvent the Arkansas Constitution to have their way on the Governor’s unethical Medicaid Expansion ploy.

Good public policy first depends on trust between lawmakers and their constituents. If ever there was an example that proves why Arkansas conservatives do not trust their GOP lawmakers, this is at the top of the list. At the same time, though, notice that Governor Hutchinson’s scheme requires total trust between him and Democrats in the Legislature because he is unable to pass Medicaid Expansion on its merits with only Republicans (who hold legislative majority)!

Now that we’ve proven we can just disregard the Constitution’s 75% requirement for appropriations if our policies don’t pass that bar of support, what other Constitutional provisions are next? We truly wonder why we even have a Constitutionally mandated Legislature if the Governor can just jimmy the process around to obtain his desired outcome whenever he likes.

Lawmakers must certainly understand the Governor’s scheme negates up their authority to legislate (not to speak of making it even more difficult to explain their votes back home). Even Democrat Senator Joyce Elliott asked Governor Hutchinson if he planned to use this tactic “in the future.”

“I think we understand that this is a unique time and moment in history, and we are looking for a solution to accomplish the objectives of the majority,” he replied.

So being unique and seeking a solution are the apparent justifications for circumventing our Arkansas Constitution. As Senator Linda Collins-Smith said, “Something’s wrong when you want it this bad.” We wonder, after the Arkansas GOP blows itself up time and time again over this most important issue, how many voters will vote for them again?

Comments are closed.