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SPRINGDALE, Arkansas — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Holt issued the following statement today in regards to President Obama’s signing of the Health Care Bill

The passage of the Health Care Bill reminds me of this passage from the Declaration of Independence:

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ” — Declaration of Independence JULY 4, 1776

Among 100 other egregious violations of our individual rights, scholars who have studied the bill conclude that:

  • The bill allows for taxpayer funding of abortion
  • Calls for federal regulations that would expand access to abortion
  • Provides federal subsidies to help people purchase private insurance that covers abortion
  • Democrats voting for this bill, “changed 30 years of policy protecting Americans of pro-life convictions from being forced to pay for something that violates their personal and, in my many cases, religious convictions.”
  • IRS agents will verify if you have “acceptable” health care coverage
  • IRS has the authority to fine you up to $2,250 or 2 percent of your income (whichever is greater) for failure to prove that you have purchased “minimum essential coverage”
  • IRS may need to hire as many as 16,500 additional auditors, agents and other employees to investigate and collect billions in new taxes from Americans


To do more than just promise to repeal the legislation. It is time for each of us to search our souls to determine to what extent we will sacrifice and what steps we are willing to take to “alter” or “abolish” these tyrannical infringements on our freedom.


For citizens to rise up and cut off the life blood of this tyranny – tax money. Few people realize how little power the government could exercise without a bloated budget for operation. It will take billions to pay for the employees that make up the bureaucracies to oversee this health care program.

In 2006 I proposed a plan to limit taxes by not allowing tax increases without the vote of the people, a measure enacted in a few states. Mike Masterson described my plan this way in a newspaper article: “He [Jim Holt] would campaign to limit the tax burden on Arkansans and curb the growth of state government… How novel that Holt, advocates limiting taxes and runaway growth in government… he said his proposal would be reminiscent of limits placed on governments in Maine and Colorado. Of those two states, he told reporters, he leans toward the law passed in Maine that prevents taxation from exceeding the rate of annual population growth plus inflation measured under the Consumer Price Index.

According to Americans for Prosperity, this proposal on limiting taxes, if enacted, would have saved Arkansas $5.9 billion dollars over a five year period. We must impose such standards at the state and national level and find other creative ways to make deeper cuts in the amount of money the government is able to spend.

Many organizations and citizens are working on lawsuits, on ballot initiatives, and defeating those in office who have passed this unconstitutional bill. I will fully support these measures and other measures to limit government power and restore our freedom. If all else fails, I will support civil disobedience in order to save our freedom.

One of those measures in Arkansas to alter this health care bill is a ballot initiative, “Freedom of Choice for Health Care,” being sponsored by the grassroots organization, Secure Arkansas. This initiated act has been resubmitted to Arkansas Attorney General for language review and approval. The amendment prevents laws or rules that compel a person or employer to participate in a health care system, one of the most egregious aspects of the health bill. I laud this effort and call on Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to move through his part of the process as speedily as possible and allow this ballot initiative to move forward. I also support Secure Arkansas’s ballot initiative to curb benefits for illegal aliens, and actually wrote a bill (that was defeated) to do that in 2005.

If we citizens will sacrifice deeply enough now in time, effort, and money, then the painful sacrifice of civil disobedience should never be necessary.


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