Romney won’t have 60 votes in the Senate. But if he has 51, he can use the...– Ezra Klein reflects on President Romney’s potential chances and methods should he try repealing the ACA. I’m not sure when, if ever, the DC Commentariat will get this through their heads: the next time the GOP holds the Presidency and a non-supermajority in the Senate, the filibuster...
Roberts Prevents Single Payer →
Matt Yglesias makes a strong case re: the likely philosophical underpinnings of Roberts’ joining the more liberal members of the court to uphold the mandate. Namely that, in the absence of mandate, the Democrats would begin campaigning for Medicare for All. And they’d get it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but almost certainly within a millennium or two, and then for a long...
Song for the day.
In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that...– Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog.
Mandate Upheld →
SCOTUSblog reporting mandate deemed tax, upheld. Roberts apparently joins “left” of court on that.
Five years ago today, Lemkin began. Five posts after that, a pretty decent one about our collecive and idiotic relationship with the media was emitted. The one thousandth post was far less full of self regard than this one. Keep walking. After fifteen hundred or so stellar posts to clip and save, we’ve traveled from Creed to Kubrick and back again. Frankly, I’m a fan of Sherroditus....
…we’re hearing an awful lot about those spoiled government employees...– Timothy Noah making a point that is as cogent as it is (apparently) unutterable on the national stage. You want to energize the great unwashed? This is your platform. It combines the necessary economic narrative with the need for better education in this country, and the universal desire for...
If you try to imagine the Republican consensus after a potential losing...– Jonathan Chait, getting almost everything completely wrong. In the wake of a 2012 Presidential defeat, the GOP will immediately declare that the loss was really due to voter fraud, white voter intimidation, “massive” negative spending by The Democrat and Unions, and a generalized malaise...
The first solution [for the Great Depression] that occurred to statesmen was to...– John Kenneth Galbraith, The Age of Uncertainty. Yep.
We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.– Ray Bradbury, dead at 91.