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Waiver Nation

Posted on September 29, 2011
It used to be that waivers were a bad thing.

It was bad to be put on waivers if you were in the NFL or played Major League Baseball. That meant you were out of a job.

Now, waivers are a good thing.

The Obama Administration announced that it was going to give waivers to the states of No Child Left Behind.

Too many states can’t meet the requirements of NCLB, so they are begging the Feds to give them a break.

If there is one thing that Mr. Obama and all the Republicans running for President agree on, it is that they don’t really love that landmark law legislated by John Boehner and Ted Kennedy and signed into law by W.

It’s too hard. Let’s give the states a waiver.

That, of course, begs the question: If the law is so bad, why don’t you just repeal it. Good question.

Mitt Romney promised that the first thing he would do if elected President would be to give waivers to all 50 states to the health care law signed by Mr. Obama.

Obamacare is a sure loser. All Republicans agree with that. When Romney announced his idea to gut the law, Michele Bachmann chimed in snidely, “well I am going to repeal the law.”

That would seem to make sense in an alternative universe, but we live in the real world, and there ain’t no way the Democrats are going to join with us in repealing Obamacare, so in the meantime, give me a waiver baby.

It seems that every time the Congress passes a dumb law, states want waivers from it. As Rick Perry rightly pointed out, sometimes that even means getting waivers from the Social Security program.

Because of the wonders of our tax code, close to half of the American people get a waiver from paying any Federal taxes. No wonder the country is going broke.

Pretty soon, every body is going to want their own personal waiver from dumb Congressional laws. The problem is that there are so many stupid Congressional laws, that it is hard to know where to start.

We are becoming a waiver nation. I can think of several politicians I would like to see put on waivers.

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