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Supreme Beings v. The Constitution

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 2nd, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

Supreme Beings v. The Constitution
James Antle, The American Spectator
That was the considered legal judgement of one Patrick Gaspard, executive director of the Democratic National Committee and former Obama aide, when the Supreme Court handed down its health care decision last week. (Cleaned up for capitalization and punctuation, but not for language.)Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took a different view. In response to National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius he declared, “just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so.”

Obama’s Systematic Assault on the Truth
Peter Wehner, Commentary
The Democratic talking points have been issued and are being followed to the letter (see here and here). And they go like this: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not a tax; it's a penalty. Those who suggests it's a tax are wrong, in error, disingenuous, and dissemblers.Here's the problem, though: characterizing the Affordable Care Act as a tax isn't simply the interpretation of Chief Justice John Roberts and a majority of the Supreme Court; it's the interpretation of the Obama administration.

Obama’s Disconnect From Economic Reality
Michael Boskin, Wall St. Jrnl
President Obama should put Adam Smith's “The Wealth of Nations” at the top of his summer reading list. This was clear after listening to his 54-minute list of economic excuses and policy proposals delivered earlier this month on the campus of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.At times Mr. Obama suggested that the profit motive is somehow ignoble, an opinion shared by many on the far left. But every student learns in introductory economics class that the pursuit of profits is essential to a successful economy, allocating resources to the use consumers value most.

Can Afghanistan Survive Without America?
Dexter Filkins, New Yorker
In the eleven years since the American invasion of Afghanistan, Abdul Nasir has become a modern and prosperous professional. A worldly man in his late thirties, he smokes Marlboros, drives a Toyota, and follows Spanish soccer, rooting for Barcelona. He works in Kabul as a producer for Khurshid TV, one of the many private channels that have sprung up since 2004. He makes news and entertainment shows and sometimes recruiting commercials for the Afghan National Army, one of the country's biggest advertisers. On weekends, he leaves the dust of the city and tends an apple orchard that he…