In which SCOTUS agrees with FDR

Today the Supreme Court ruled on compulsory government sector union fees, recognizing such fees as a First Amendment issue about compelled political speech. To summarize: JANUS v. AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEESStates and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees from nonconsenting employees. The First Amendment is violated when money is… Continue reading In which SCOTUS agrees with FDR

Antonin Scalia RIP

He will be sorely missed. He did leave us some advice: It is one of the unhappy incidents of the federal system that a self-righteous Supreme Court, acting on its Members' personal view of what would make a 'more perfect Union' (a criterion only slightly more restrictive than a 'more perfect world') can impose its… Continue reading Antonin Scalia RIP


King v. Burwell and the Lawby YUVAL LEVINEmphasis mine.[Chief Justice Roberts] makes a much broader argument about the relationship between the vague, broadly stated aims and purposes of legislators and the role of judges interpreting the meaning of the particular laws those legislators then write...” Obamacare is [to the Chief Justice] not so much a… Continue reading SCOTUScare

They had good intentions

That is how Chief Justice John Roberts justified Obamacare: "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter." -Chief Justice John Roberts, author of the SCOTUS decision… Continue reading They had good intentions

Largest tax hike in world history

The Obamacare health insurance mandate is unconstitutional according to SCOTUS:The individual mandate, however, does not regulate existing commercial activity. It instead compels individuals to become active in commerce by purchasing a product, on the ground that their failure to do so affects interstate commerce. Construing the Commerce Clause to permit Congress to regulate individuals precisely… Continue reading Largest tax hike in world history

Unintended consequences

Health Care and the Dynamics of Intervention"We have a crisis! We have to do something!" Actually, what we have to do is undo a lot of things.Every time I hear some dunderhead complain that the General Government needs to control "x" because otherwise it will cost the General Government too much to continue providing x… Continue reading Unintended consequences

Why not Harriet Miers?

Sonia Sotomayor will be the new Supreme Court Justice.Here's a sentence I never imagined I'd write: Jennifer Granholm would have been preferable.This appointment does not stoop - quite - to the level of Dubya's nomination of Harriet Miers in one sense: Sonia Sotomayor is not an immediate crony of Barack Obama's. It does share some… Continue reading Why not Harriet Miers?

G. O. P. 5

Credit where it is due: Obama Administration opposes challenge to 2nd Amendment rights.March 9 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court left intact lower court decisions shielding Smith & Wesson Holding Corp., Sturm, Ruger & Co. and other gunmakers from lawsuits pressed by New York City and shooting victims in Washington, D.C....President Barack Obama’s administration joined… Continue reading G. O. P. 5

Code word for socialism

It's not just a gaffe in an answer to Joe the Plumber. It's an Obama core principle. Saying so is racist, of course, because if socialism is a "code word," so must redistribution be, especially in the context of the Civil Rights movement - which Obama uses to begin a riff on his disappointment that… Continue reading Code word for socialism