Modern political liberalism is a lot like the old triangle trades of the 18th century, in which crops were traded for manufactured goods which were then used to buy slaves, which were then sold to planters in exchange for more crops.
On the modern liberal plantation the formula has changed to “bigger government = more people dependent on (or at the mercy of) government = more votes for politicians who will further expand government”.
It’s a heck of a way to run a country, but liberals have gotten a lot of mileage out of it. Obamacare is just the latest example. It is one of the ultimate triumphs of political liberalism in America, which is why Joe Biden whispered to Obama at the signing ceremony that it was “a big f@*&ing deal”.
Joe was right, which means that the current Supreme Court case is a big deal too.
The impact of how the Court ultimately rules will reverberate across the country and impact every citizen and their relationship to every level of government from this point forward.
At its essence the case has nothing to do with health care. It’s all about whether or not our Constitution has any limits. Are there real boundaries to federal power, or are they just made up on the fly? Is Congress able to determine the scope of its own power? The founders would be aghast that we even have to ask such questions. read more »
Talk about chutzpah. The same chief executive who refused to provide a speck of guidance to one branch of government in crafting his signature legislation is now threatening another branch of government not to overturn it.
Does President Obama believe in the separation of powers? You wouldn’t know it from his intemperate comments Monday on the legal challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which the Supreme Court is now deliberating. Just days after skeptical justices subjected administration lawyers and their opponents to a historic six hours of questioning, and just as the judges were retreating to contemplate the competing claims in private, Obama stood up in the Rose Garden and loudly warned the nine “unelected” rubes that they’d better get this one right.
Obama declared that overturning his health care law would be “unprecedented” and “extraordinary”—which is funny, because that’s what a lot of people have been saying about his health care law. read more »