Monthly Archives: June 2012

My gift to the GOP

Here, I just made your new advertisement: Have fun selling that to the base!

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In the Strife of Truth with Falsehood: The Present Crisis Explained by Charts

Reposted, without updates, from last April. The US federal government has high current debt levels. Though not astronomical by current world standards. Current US government bond rates are low.

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Thoroughly Postmodern Media

Reposted from last August. A long while ago, conservative columnist John Leo criticized postmodernism on college campuses, writing that it obscured the ability to admit that some things are true and some things are false. In particular, Leo was appalled by students … Continue reading

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Celebration

Yesterday was a day of relief, today should be a day of celebration at what has been accomplished.  And what better way to celebrate than with music?

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The Fools On “The Hill”

In the hopelessly biased MSM, every development redounds to the GOP’s benefit and puts the Democrats into peril. (See “This is excellent news for McCain!”) Here was yesterday’s headline in The Hill newspaper: “Well that’s settled!” I joked when I … Continue reading

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Fallout From Yesterday’s Decision

Scott Lemiuex at LGM describes the dissent in yesterday’s ACA case: The argument is that the mandate and the Medicaid expansion are not valid regulations of interstate commerce, but that they are also so essential to a broader regulatory scheme … Continue reading

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Jumbo Shrimp, Act Naturally, Conservative Policy

David Frum offers a six-point plan for a conservative health insurance reform policy. It’s a waste of time. Conservative health care policy is “Obama’s a socialist.” Conservative foreign policy is “Obama’s a Muslim.” Conservative fiscal policy is “Obama’s a Marxist.”

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Today’s other big news

It won’t get much press today, in the wake of the ACA ruling, but today the House votes on whether to cite AG Holder for contempt of Congress: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave cover to her Democratic members … Continue reading

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And you thought CNN was bad

Via FOTB and political insider Samsite, a great collection of tweets that just weren’t ready for prime time: You just have to feel bad for Dennis Ross, he’s just never satisfied with any of his own 140-character thoughts.  

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For all you Scalia lovers

Scalia’s primary argument against the mandate is that it is a penalty, not a tax. After all, it is called a penalty in the statutes, and it is imposed to “punish” people who act against the government’s wishes. Here’s the … Continue reading

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Not everything is in the Constitution

DE is out of town today, but we spoke earlier and he suggested I post a certain part of the decision on his behalf. Here is the conclusion of the majority opinion: The Framers created a Federal Government of limited … Continue reading

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The Future of the Commerce Clause

[UPDATE: Wow, did I misread that syllabus, there is NOT an 8-1 vote against Commerce Clause. Ignore this whole post as moronic] In today’s ACA decision, we had a 5-4 majority upholding the individual mandate, but Justice Ginsburg (who is … Continue reading

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The true impact of the ACA decision

First, a great description of the decision from Amy Howe at SCOTUSBlog: Amy Howe: In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to … Continue reading

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ACA Largely Upheld 5-4

We’re all waiting on reading the opinion, but the ACA is upheld almost entirely. It’s a 5-4 vote, with Chief Roberts joining the liberals. The only part struck down was the Medicaid expansion, which was struck down 7-2. As CBS … Continue reading

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Stopped At The Light And Had A Fit, ‘Cause A Mexican Almost Wrecked …

The other day, I pointed out that there isn’t much evidence to support Justice Scalia’s vengeful fear of marauding brown-skinned folks in Arizona. Judge Posner makes the same point: He is very concerned with the fact that the Obama administration … Continue reading

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I Predict

…The Court will uphold the mandate. Maybe it is a failure of my imagination, but I just can’t fathom that they’ll overturn three quarters of a century of settled law on the Commerce Clause.

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Will Romney Go Bust Underestimating The Intelligence Of The American People?

Garance Franke-Ruta thinks so: “When is Romney going to look like a challenger? Seems to play everything safe, make no news except burn off Hispanics,” media mogul Rupert Murdoch tweeted Sunday. It’s been the plaintive cry of worried supporters and the shrewd … Continue reading

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Whitewater!

Fast and Furious, like Whitewater, just might be a conspiracy theory amplified by the fact-averse media into a non-scandal: Nobody disputes that suspected straw purchasers under surveillance by the ATF repeatedly bought guns that eventually fell into criminal hands. Issa … Continue reading

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