John Roberts and the Commerce Clause (conclusion)

No one ought to misunderstand that John Roberts intentionally and malevolently rationalized his way into the politically advantageous conclusion that the health care mandate was a TAX, and declared it AS such … Continue reading

More Jokes From the Penn State Trustees

   by WALTER BRASCH   Whenever I need a couple of laughs, I turn to the bumbling self-aggrandizing antics of the Republican wing of Congress. However, in the past few months, the Penn State Board of Trustees has done the near-impossible; they have provided more laughs than the menagerie in the Capitol. To call either the Legislators or the Trustees “clowns” would demean the hard work of the circus performers who spend significant time to develop and execute comedy routines. There is no evidence the Trustees even have a thought process before they make outrageous and just plain silly statements. The latest Trustee joke is that the reason they really fired Joe Paterno abruptly on Nov. 9, 2011, is because … Continue reading

John Roberts and the Commerce Clause

The Commerce Clause, it is widely acknowledged, “was the Framers’ response to the central problem that gave rise to the Constitution itself.” Continue reading

Senator John Kerry on Today’s Historic SCOTUS Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), Senior Member of the Finance Committee, today released a statement lauding the Supreme Court of the United States for upholding the Affordable Care Act:  “This is an important day for the Supreme Court and an important day for Americans who need affordable health care coverage.  But I hope this will also be an important day for our politics and our discourse.  For the past three years, opponents of health reform did everything they could to distort and deceive.  They tried to scare the American public with outright lies about ‘death panels’ and ‘socialized medicine.’  When that didn’t work, they came up with a new strategy: claim that the individual mandate the Republican Party itself had invented … Continue reading

On Healthcare Reform, Schumer Tells GOP: Get Over It

Now that the Supreme Court largely has upheld healthcare reform, a top Senate Democrat has a message to all of the law’s conservative opponents: Get over it. Problem is: the Republicans aren’t likely to listen. After two years of fierce opposition and vitriol from the right regarding healthcare reform, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of most of the key aspects of the landmark 2010 law. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the third-highest-ranking Senate Democrat, says it’s time for the GOP to finally let go of the “Obamacare” boogeyman. “This decision preserves not only the health care law, but also the Supreme Court’s position as an institution above politics. Just as Speaker Boehner vowed not to spike the … Continue reading

Fast Out The Box: Pelosi Quick To Laud Healthcare ‘Victory’

Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi was fast to react to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold key provisions of healthcare reform, apparently beating even President Obama to the punch to claim victory in Thursday’s historic ruling. The high court appeared to have upheld at least most of the 2010 healthcare reform law, including the controversial individual mandate which will require most Americans to have some sort of health coverage — or face financial penalties. In the end, even Chief Justice John Roberts — a hero of the right wing — reportedly sided with the court majority to uphold the reform law. Pelosi’s office released her statement on the matter just minutes after the high court announced its ruling. The California Democrat, who as … Continue reading

As June Draws To A Close

Drawings from the past two weeks. Mostly visual with the usual trenchant political commentary at the end. Continue reading

Poll: Post Presidential Bid, Bachmann Vulnerable For Re-election

Rep. Michele Bachmann, who for a brief time earlier this year became a leading candidate for the GOP presidential nomination before ultimately falling out of contention, now finds herself vulnerable for re-election to her Minnesota congressional seat, according to a new poll. Bachmann receives low marks on both her job performance and personal favorability, according to the pollsters, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, which conducted the survey for Bachmann’s Democratic opponent, Jim Graves. While she is well-defined and almost universally known, her support is below 50 percent in a two-way contest for Congress, according to the pollsters. Her weaker standing leaves her vulnerable to defeat in this November?’s election against businessman Graves, they add. After dropping out of the 2012 presidential … Continue reading