This week, the US Supreme Court has been discussing two different cases involving the efficacy of keeping racial affirmative action in our nation’s universities. One case challenges the University of Texas race based admission program; the other case involves an initiative in Michigan that was passed which banned racial preferences to its state universities.
Same-sex marriages are on the agenda this week as the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing cases on DOMA and California′s Prop 8. Today and tomorrow, SCOTUS will examine the appeals against the federal law, the Defense of Marriage Act, and whether states have the right to allow ballot amendments concerning gay marriage. Barack Obama has changed his official position on the subject, deciding that the Justice Department will not prosecute any DOMA offenses. Meanwhile, 39 states have voted their own laws banning same-sex marriages, many which were done by public ballot proposals. Gay marriage is seen as a hot-button-issue with politicians, such as Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Hillary Clinton, declaring their ′conversion′ to supporting same-sex marriages.
I for my sins am covering the President’s State of The Union speech tonight. I’ll say that, in the past, I have not been an avid watcher of President Bush’s SOTU speeches either. But, I must admit to some curiosity. Will the president mock or deride members of the Supreme Court or perhaps political opponents tonight?
How many times will he blame our economic troubles on Republicans in general and President Bush in particular? How will he use the bully pulpit tonight to put pressure on Republicans to give him what he wants over spending and raising the debt limit?
And, most importantly, how will Chris Matthews segue from the Dorner coverage to the SOTU speech? He’s got his work cut out for him! Good luck Mr. Matthews!
The Center for Disease Control provides data that allows anyone to calculate the likelihood of their own impending death. Using this information, Slate permits us to determine the likelihood that any Supreme Court Justice, or any combination of Justices, will die in the next four years. This is important, obviously, since we are all interested in how many Justices are likely to be replaced by President Obama. Here are the relevant odds:
In the last week, we have gotten to witness the death throes for the Republican Party as a national political force. Following the Sandy Hook massacre, the only leaders of the party willing to state their views called for principals and teachers to carry firearms. Yesterday, House Speaker Boehner was unable to call a vote that was only symbolic, in that it would be a measure to raise taxes for those earning $1,000,000 per year in earned income. He couldn’t get a majority of his members to vote for this. Today, the NRA made it clear that the problem was that violent video games, music videos, and movies were prevalent, telling members of the Republican Party that this was the only cause of the epidemic of this wave of carnage sweeping the nation.
One of the mindless mantras coming from the left and repeated endlessly by President Obama is this idea that corporations are not people. Does the president really believe this? It’s hard to say.
But what’s clear is that, to believe such a thing, you’re required to suspend all rational thought and ignore both the Constitution and over 200 years of legal precedent. Romney was mocked for telling liberals that, “corporations are people.” He received jeers from hecklers for this statement, but he underscored his point by saying that “everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people.” The hecklers laughed derisively and Romney asked a question they, nor any other liberal, has ever effectively answered. Regarding earnings made by a corporation, he asked them, “where do you think it goes?”
It’s a question I would challenge any liberal to answer. If corporate earnings do not go to people, where do they go? Photos and Video
In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court decision released today declares that the ObamaCare mandate is a tax! The individual mandate is a key element for funding the Affordable Healthcare Act, requiring all Americans to purchase health insurance. Justice John Roberts sided with the Liberal justices in ruling that Congress has the power to tax and that the mandate is a tax, therefore within their authority to regulate under the Commerce Clause. With that, the fight to repeal ObamaCare now returns squarely on the upcoming elections. But for the moment, Barack Obama and his White House can declare a victory with today′s ruling by the Supreme Court.