[identity profile] kelincihutan.livejournal.com
In reading the news articles lately, I would almost say that a good portion of the left side of the nation is shocked--shocked, they tell us--that the Supreme Court has any kind of power at all. Most of us are content to await the Supreme Court to finish doing precisely the job they Constitutionally exist for, but apparently the idea that the High Court exists to determine the constitutionality of one statute or another--as opposed to creating new ones out of whole cloth when somebody couldn't get something through Congress--comes as news to some people.

First there's Obama himself, who claimed that "Ultimately, I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress," and that "an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law is a good example [of judicial activism] and I'm pretty confident this court will recognize that and not take that step." (Ums, ers, pauses, and filler words removed.) As if a seven-vote passage in the House is a "strong majority" or something. And since is grasp of recent history is so shaky, I suppose it's unsurprising that his comprehension of the Constitution--which must, on such a scale, be considered as old as dirt--and the history of the Supreme Court, is even worse. Apparently someone got with him later, as he did try to walk back from some of the more outrageous bits.

Then there's this article from The Atlantic urging Obama to run "against the Supreme Court." The article makes cases against two potential objections to this, neither of which--interestingly--are "What could he possibly accomplish by running against the only branch that doesn't get elected whist trying to be elected to the only branch that is uninvolved in amending the Constitution?" While I agree with the author in their conclusion that the Supreme Court is not above criticism or politics, they seem to think that Obama has any kind of ability to do anything to them.

But that's not all. The Atlantic also reminds us "You're confusing the poor Europeans!" The Daily Beast wants us to know that "Obama didn't really say anything that remarkable." Not to mention Media Matters helpfully pointing out to everyone, "There's no precedent for striking down legislation under the commerce clause for the last seventy-five years, and that's ages ago so it doesn't count!" And this is just the tip of the enormous hysterical iceberg. There's lots more.

Sometimes I wonder if anyone has read the Constitution at all.

cross-posted to right-angles on DW
[identity profile] kelincihutan.livejournal.com
I've used the "Local News" heading before, but just to be clear, since this is a blog I'm going to be using it to refer to internet news. LJ being DDoSed by Russians again, 4Chan DDoSing business websites (there's been a lot of DDoSing going around lately), stuff like that.

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[identity profile] fabricdragon.livejournal.com
remember those forced end of life consultations? the ones people on the left and right both wanted out of the health care bills?
they are back, only more so.
instead of every five years having to listen to a paid doctor tell you to sign on for "no critical care" and withdrawing food/water you will have to hear it EVERY year.
and the regulations for this were shoved through very quietly.. and thats deliberate.
[identity profile] jacobs-muse.livejournal.com
In a major blow to the White House, a federal judge in Virginia ruled Monday that a key provision of the new national health care reform law is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson said that forcing individuals to purchase health insurance was in violation of the Constitution's "commerce clause," The Washington Post reported.

The courts cannot enforce the law's requirement that Americans be fined if they don't have health insurance by 2014, the judge said in a 42-page opinion.

[identity profile] sreya.livejournal.com
Okay, so that's a simplification of what the Democrat pundit on the morning news said... it was closer to -

"Democrats have already walked the plank on health care, they should push it through so it's done and then move forward."

Wait, so our Congressional representatives should do something they're being told we don't want them to do because we've already told them we don't want them to do it? This is the idiotic logic of pure politics. Who cares what the people want? If they can't hurt you anymore, do whatever the hell you want.

Anyone else feel this is dangerously close to the logic of dictatorship? "You have no power over me, so I don't care what you say." UGH! I hope Scott Brown hurries into the Senate as fast as he can, and the Republican party needs to pull its act together. NOW.
[identity profile] coldblossom.livejournal.com
Regarding the exemption of Amish and various other religious groups from the fine for not purchasing insurance under ObamaCare:

A professor and lawyer at Yeshiva University in New York complained last summer that exempting groups for religious reasons could run afoul of the Constitution. Marci A. Hamilton, who teaches at the University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, wrote at Findlaw.com in August, "If the government can tolerate a religious exemption, then it must do so evenhandedly among religious believers with the same beliefs. This is sheer favoritism for a certain class of religions, or even for one religion." [link]

Ironic libtard brain-case is ironic. And he's just too damn smart to see the irony of his "findings." I wish he'd find his head (perhaps its too far up his rear-end) and make the argument that the mandate itself is un-Constitutional.
[identity profile] spikedpunch.livejournal.com
Eight times Obama promised for the healthcare debates to be televised on C-SPAN:

Obama Reneges on Health Care Transparency.
By Chris Reid
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2010
(CBS) President Obama wants the final negotiations on health care reform - a reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of the bill - put on a fast track, even if that means breaking an explicit campaign promise.

"The House and Senate plan to put together the final health care reform bill behind closed doors according to an agreement by top Democrats," House Speaker Nanci Pelosi said today at the White House.

The White House is on board with that, too, reports CBS News political correspondent Chip Reid. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stressed today that "the president wants to get a bill to his desk as quickly as possible."

Pelosi Turns Up Her Nose at Transparency.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took what many saw as a swipe at President Obama during a news conference Tuesday. When a reporter asked if C-SPAN video crews would have access to the House-Senate negotiations on health care reform legislation, as then-candidate Obama promised numerous times on the campaign trail, the speaker had a quick response:




PELOSI: There were a number of things he was for on the campaign trail.



A Pelosi aide later said the remark was a quip and not a jab at anyone.

[identity profile] peacenlove2332.livejournal.com

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Friday that he will oppose legislation that would give people the option of a public health insurance plan. The move puts him on the opposite side of two-thirds of Americans.


read more )http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/01/ben-nelson-plans-to-oppos_n_194907.html


heh heh he can expect plenty of angry emails from the bleeding heart liberals....

Health Care

Oct. 7th, 2007 07:33 pm
[identity profile] phoenix-starr.livejournal.com

I almost always wind up agreeing with this man. It makes it such a relief to vote for him.
[identity profile] manichalo.livejournal.com


WASHINGTON - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that a mandate http://www.lectlaw.com/def2/m080.htm  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/mandate
requiring every American to purchase health insurance was the only way to achieve universal health care but she rejected the notion of punitive measures to force individuals into the health care system.

"At this point, we don't have anything punitive that we have proposed," the presidential candidate said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We're providing incentives and tax credits which we think will be very attractive to the vast majority of Americans."

She said she could envision a day when "you have to show proof to your employer that you're insured as a part of the job interview — like when your kid goes to school and has to show proof of vaccination," but said such details would be worked out through negotiations with Congress.

Clinton unveiled her health care plan Monday in Iowa, promising to bring coverage to every American by building on the current employer-based system and using tax credits to make insurance more affordable.

She told the AP she relished a debate over health care with her political opponents, including Republicans "who understood that we had to reform health care before they started running for president."

  Apparently she thinks that she's talking to children.  What's frightening is that the ones listening appear to be standing with their mouths wide open and stars in their eyes, waiting for another federally "mandated" entitlement program.  Only this one has TEETH.  Lots more teeth than she wants us to see when she smiles.  Does she really think that we can't read the subtle implications here?  

   That might sound far-fetched, but think about it.  
If you have to buy their insurance, you will have to live by their rules. That means "lifestyle Incentives".  And if you don't buy their insurance and live the way they dictate, you don't work, AND you don't have insurance, and if you want insurance...a vicious circle.
   Surely I don't have to spell it out.  And no punitive measures "at this point"?!?  Then she smiles, like the momma that's gonna make it all better for the poor ignorant masses, and presumes to set the debate terms, like she's the be-all and end-all in American politics.  Her arrogance is astounding...she's certain that she has this wrapped up and tucked away for Christmas...and I feel sick.  The only thing that's reassuring is hope that people will think about the implications of this and realize that the real fascists are on their way, and they appear to be bearing gifts. 


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