Never, never, NEVER

28 Jun

leave it to the Supreme court to do your work. That is the overriding lesson, here. The SCOTUS ruled that McCain-Feingold was OK, too (and that was an obviously wrong decision). We all hoped that the SCOTUS would save us from ourselves. They didn’t, and John Roberts “evolved” to the detriment of the nation. I think his middle name is, “Souter.”

In any case, it really is up to voters to correct this travesty. And now Obama will have to defend the Obamacare tax after he said (lied) that he wouldn’t raise taxes. It certainly would have been better for the SCOTUS to strike down Obamacare in toto, as they should have, but there are still grounds to challenge it.

For example, the law says ALL tax bills must originate in the House. Obamacare is formally a tax, and it originated in the Senate. Is it valid?

Again, the lesson is to not leave important things to the SCOTUS. Do it via elections. There is NO guarantee that SCOTUS would rule Obamacare and the associated tax invalid because it originated in the Senate rather than the House. But elections could change the picture, drastically. A republican House, Senate, and White House would fix it.

I have long been a fan of divided government (different parties holding different branches of government), but we are now at the point where that strategy won’t work. We need to heal problems, not prevent more. Divided government is good for prevention, but horrible at healing.

  1. Oregonian

    June 29, 2012 at 7:51 am

    John Roberts=Souter? You’ve got to be kidding, Gregor. Just because a decision didn’t go your way doesn’t make him a traitor. Aren’t the courts supposed to be non-partisan?

    Have you considered that he ruled according to his conscience and his reading of the law and not according to his popularity with his erstwhile supporters. That’s how it’s supposed to happen.

    If the public can predict rulings in advance based on the political views of the justices then the supreme court becomes just another — albeit tiny — legislative branch.

    I find it humorous that the extreme right wing nut jobs are so apoplectic with this ruling. They’ve been beaten down with the Constitution’s separate powers that they hold so dear. No one likes to be beaten with their own cane.

    • Gregor Mendel

      June 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Just reporting my feelings. But this was a major swing and a miss for Roberts. And it has nothing to do with me liking Obamacare or not. But when you pull an argument out of… thin air to justify voting for it you know for certain it is a bad decision. So you’re wrong on all counts. So was Roberts.

      But I can’t wait to hear Obama explain how he raised taxes on the middle class…