What you need to know about Patent Reform . . . and Fast
Patent Reform legislation has already passed the Senate. It has been marked-up in the House Judiciary Committee, and if the patriots don’t engage soon, the bill will pass the House by our nation’s birthday. It could be as early as this Thursday. Unfortunately, many activists do not understand or fully appreciate the implications and dangers of the bill. In short, the bill is a radical | Read More »
Obama’s czar end-run: ‘Signing statements’ he once opposed
While the debate rages among conservatives on the merits of the budget deal lawmakers struck with President Barack Obama, add an additional point of contention: Czars, of which the appropriations measure reached last week eliminated four. At least, that’s what House GOP’ers thought. The spending bill as written prohibited the White House from devoting funds to those czars directing the administration’s policy agenda for health | Read More »
Beware of Narrow ObamaCare Victory
From the diaries by Erick The biggest news in today’s ruling that the ObamaCare individual mandate is unconstitutional is the court’s decision to strike down the entire ObamaCare statute because the unconstitutional mandate cannot be severed – that is, separated – from the rest of the statute’s provisions. Today’s decision signals, not only that the individual mandate is unlikely to survive its now-inevitable review by | Read More »
Excerpts From Judge Vinson Obamacare Ruling
Wow. Here’s a link to the Vinson Ruling. Thoughts: Well, I’ve read the whole thing. This really does hinge on what powers the Supreme Court is willing to grant Congress over the individual. I’m hoping the Supreme Court trims Congress’ wings who in turn should trim the Executive Branches’ wings regarding all their legislation by regulation. See excerpts and pages below the fold. [Cross-posted at | Read More »
Klein’s Crazy Constitutional Commentary.
(H/T Instapundit) This comment is going to haunt Ezra Klein for the rest of his career as a ‘wonk:’ …as it should, because it was an incredibly stupid thing to say – even considering that it was said on MSNBC, which means that almost nobody saw it anyway. For those without video access, Klein (in the process of sneering at the GOP’s plan to start | Read More »
No Daylight Between My Position and the GOP on Earmarks
There is no daylight between my position and Speaker-designate John Boehner on earmarks. Period. I have repeatedly said that I agree with, applaud, and wholeheartedly support Speaker-designate John Boehner’s position on earmarks. I am opposed to earmarks. I recently made that point to a reporter from a Capitol Hill newspaper, but it was left out of their story on the GOP and earmarks. Some media | Read More »
Thanksgiving reflections on the American political tradition.
Some months ago on a lively email list of which I am a member, a discussion of some controverted legal doctrines digressed into a debate over the status of the Preamble to the US Constitution. Several incisive lawyers insisted that its status, legally, is nil. They allowed that the phrase “We the People” establishes the legitimacy of the document as having been made by consent, | Read More »
Constitution Day: What Does the Constitution Say About Health Care?
For Constitution Day, the Heartland Institute is providing a look at what the Constitution actually says about some of the key policy areas we deal with today — read what the Constitution says about Education here. Needless to say, when the United States Constitution was ratified in 1788, the concept of health care was very different than it is today. Standardized treatments for diseases were | Read More »
Severability and Obamacare
Several state legislators have reached out to me recently with questions about the nature of severability and Obamacare. Since some Redstaters seem to have questions as well, I thought I’d explain a bit about what this means. Most laws of large size and scope have something called a “severability clause” attached to them. Essentially, this means that if one part of a piece of large | Read More »
A Vote for Kagan is a Vote Against the Constitution
If you don’t believe that, then you are simply ignoring reality and you are part of the problem. Elena Kagan is an avowed leftist who, while Dean of the Harvard Law School, refused to extend to the U.S. Military the kind of recruiting facilities offered to others in direct contradiction of the federal law – all because she disagreed with the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t | Read More »
Democrats Underestimate the American People Once Again
Clearly, the Democrats think they have something here tying together the Republican Party and the Tea Party. However, it seems to me that this political miscalculation is exactly why Congress’ approval rating is at 11%. What the Democratic Leadership doesn’t seem to understand is that the Tea Party isn’t a political party; it’s a set of ideas shared by the overwhelming majority of Americans.
anti-Tea Party cartoon reveals ignorance
In today’s Washington Post, cartoonist Tom Toles argues that the tea party movement reveals itself to be racist by “want[ing] to go back to the Constitution as it was written,” despite the document’s acquiescence in the continuation of slavery. Toles’s cartoon is a particularly hateful variant of a misleading, but all too common, argument that tries to vilify critics of a “living Constitution” and justify | Read More »
Bob Bennett Explains Republican Demise and Path Back in One Simple Line
On Wednesday night, PBS aired a special in which Bob Bennett gave us all a glimpse into 1) why he’s been given an early retirement by the people of Utah, 2) why Republicans fell on their collective faces in the last two elections, and 3) what Republicans can do to get power back and hold it. Now, keep in mind that this is the same | Read More »
Utopian Statists vs. Optimistic Realists
I’ve been studying the Progressives the last few months, and I think this post will be the beginning of a series, or at least a conversation starter for another post or two. It’s struck me in my studies that the Progressives and America’s Founding Fathers are on the polar extremes of two very important issues: the nature of man and the role of government. | Read More »
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