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Archive for June 30th, 2012

How Obama Broke His Promise on Mandates

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

How Obama Broke His Promise on Mandates
Andrew Cline, The Atlantic
Had President Obama kept his word to the American people, Thursday's ground-breaking Supreme Court ruling that upheld the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, giving the president a political victory of historic significance, never would have happened. What the court upheld — a tax disguised as a mandate — is a beast made up of two specific policies, both of which Obama at one time opposed.Let's go back to 2007, when then-Senator Barack Obama had been a presidential candidate for only about six weeks. In March, Obama spoke at a Service Employees International…

ObamaCare Is a Fraud Only Voters Can Stop
Wesley Pruden, Wash Times
Now the fun begins. Nothing can fire the anger of an American like the arrogance of a government lawyer with his foot on the throat of a helpless citizen, and the justices of the Supreme Court are the government lawyers with the biggest feet of all.The justices sent a message loud and clear in their decision upholding Obamacare and the requirement that everybody has to buy a health insurance policy, or else. That's a tax, the court held, and the power to tax is the holiest of holies for any government. It's the first rule of politics as well. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the father of the…

Ruling Doesn’t Make Law’s Vast Flaws Go Away

Did Roberts Change His Mind at the Last Minute?
Garrett Epps, TAP
Two features of the scene in the courtroom at the Supreme Court Thursday flow together to spark curiosity. For one, the justices appeared unusually agitated. Justice Sonia Sotomayor looked as if she'd been up all night, for example, while (as Tony Mauro also noted) Justice Antonin Scalia was downcast and tight-lipped. Had something happened in the days or hours before the opinion to spark this emotional response?In his bench dissent, Justice Anthony Kennedy stressed that the act had been so mutilated by the Court's decision that it should be struck down in its entirety. That struck…