Posts Tagged ‘President Obama’

The Reluctant Super Power: Time Lines are hell

Time Lines are hell. Especially when you claim to be taking decisive action in a crisis.

Take a look at this one. Look at the rhetoric each day, look at the corresponding action.

Tell me your thoughts. I know what mine are and presented them at the end.

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Health Care Overhaul Ruled Unconstitutional by 2nd Federal Judge

Judge Roger Vinson of Florida, appointed by the late President Ronald Reagen in 1983, ruled today that the Health Care Reform Act (sometimes called ObamaCare) was unconstitutional.

He is the second Federal Judge to do so, and his ruling helps in clearing the way to a decision that will almost absolutely end up at the foot of the Supreme Court. Unlike his Virginia counterpart Judge Henry Hudson, Judge Vinson ruled that the entire health care act should fall if the appellate courts join him in invalidating the insurance requirement.

“It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place.”….

…”For example, virtually no one can opt out of the housing market (broadly defined) and a majority of people will at some point buy a home. The vast majority of those homes will be financed with a mortgage, a large number of which (particularly in difficult economic times, as we have seen most recently) will go into default, thereby cost-shifting billions of dollars to third parties and the federal government. Should Congress thus have power under the Commerce Clause to preemptively regulate and require individuals above a certain income level to purchase a home financed with a mortgage (and secured with mortgage guaranty insurance) in order to add stability to the housing and financial markets (and to guard against the possibility of future cost-shifting because of a defaulted mortgage), on the theory that most everyone is currently, or inevitably one day will be, active in the housing market?”

From the Ruling of The Honorable Judge Roger Vinson Case 3:10-cv-00091-RV -EMT Document 150 Filed 01/31/11

Judge Vinson held that the insurance requirement exceeds the regulatory powers granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. He also wrote that the provision could not be rescued by an associated clause in Article I that gives Congress broad authority to make laws “necessary and proper” to carrying out its designated responsibilities.

The federal government argued that Congress has a right to regulate the insurance market because it is unique— it’s fair to assume that every single person will need health care at one point in his or her life. If they’re not insured, their costs will have to get picked up by other consumers, driving up rates for everyone and putting them in the insurance market whether they plan to or not.

“I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the act with the individual mandate. That is not to say, of course, that Congress is without power to address the problems and inequities in our health care system. The health care market is more than one-sixth of the national economy, and without doubt Congress has the power to reform and regulate this market. That has not been disputed in this case. The principal dispute has been about how Congress chose to exercise that power here,…While the individual mandate was clearly ‘necessary and essential’ to the act as drafted, it is not ‘necessary and essential’ to health care reform in general…Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void.”

The decision will likely face an immediate filing by the federal government for a stay, and the case is undoubtedly headed to the Supreme Court.

State of the Union Address

I didn’t watch it. As I noted at the Castle I did read it however. Right Wing News meanwhile has a nice rundown of others reactions.

That said I think my thoughts were best summed already by another writer, and very well:

“They say, ‘What’s your show about?’ I say, ‘Nothing.'”- Jerry Seinfeld

I was reminded of the Seinfeldian idea, the show about nothing, as I listened to the State of the Union. Don’t get me wrong, President Obama said a lot, and some of the things he said I enjoyed hearing, but ultimately it was a speech about nothing. — Karol Markowicz

Much Ado about nothing indeed.

The Pen and the Sword

I have heard many speeches in my time pertaining to victory and heralding change in our world and our country.

But tonight’s…just rang hollow with me.

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Claire McCaskill: Message recieved but I still don’t care.

Claire McCaskill told the voters of Missouri regarding Proposition C “Message received.”

However in the same breath she essentially chucked the message in to the garbage bin at her desk saying

“….I appreciate the fact that voters are sending a message. It doesn’t really, …… have any impact on the law itself; but it is a message,…I have to work very hard at making sure that Missourians understand all the positives things that are in the bill. As time goes on they will realize that. …”

So what if it sucks? Learn to like it!

So what McCaskill is saying is, I don’t really care what you voters think, your going to “Learn to Like it.”

After helping to screw it up and ignoring the very people she represents, now she essentially acknowledges she ignored them….and…doesn’t care.

Get ready sports fans: The Democratic National Committee’s new Slogan for 2010?

“Learn to Like it.”

You don’t like it? Too bad.

Suck it up. Like it.

You think  its wrong? Too bad. Like it.

Think we Tax you too much? Learn to Like it.

So was elitist, irrational dictatorship the change you were looking for? No.

Learn to like it.

Radio Intercepts

Or maybe we just want them to do what they are being paid to do, when they are being paid to do it?

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    Murphy’s Law by Smartmouth Brewing of Virginia

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    Jekyll Brewings Cooter Brown at the Atlanta Hawks Bar & Grill

    I’m pretty sure you can figure out what city 😉

    08/23/17

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    Gordon Biersch Marzen

    08/23/17

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