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Archive for 31 January 2011
Judge Roger Vinson, in Pensacola, Fla., ruled that as a result of the unconstitutionality of the “individual mandate” that requires people to buy insurance, the entire law must be declared void.
“I must reluctantly conclude that Congress exceeded the bounds of its authority in passing the act with the individual mandate. That is not to say, of course, that Congress is without power to address the problems and inequities in our health care system. The health care market is more than one-sixth of the national economy, and without doubt Congress has the power to reform and regulate this market. That has not been disputed in this case. The principal dispute has been about how Congress chose to exercise that power here,” Vinson wrote.
Been trying to tell y’all! But hey….what do we know. We are just the unwashed masses, right?
Egypt and the Failure of the Obama Doctrine
Hundreds of Egyptians determined to drive President Hosni Mubarak from power spent all last night in Tahrir Square to keep the military from taking over the plaza. Today marks the seventh day of unrest in Egypt as the U.S. State Department began chartering evacuation flights for thousands of U.S. citizens stranded in the country. The longer the protests continue to rage, the more danger there will be that the army will wither into the crowds, throwing Egypt—and the region—into potentially violent chaos.
On Sunday, the military raised its presence, sending a column of tanks to enter Tahrir Square and buzzing the crowds with fighter jets. These actions came a day after the country’s most notorious prisons, Abu Zaabal and Wadi Natroun, were emptied of criminals and Islamic militants; uniformed police forces have all but disappeared (but appear to be trickling back to their posts today). Only the army and roving bands of armed vigilantes are in charge. With all but a few businesses closed and the economy at a complete standstill, it is unclear how long this standoff can last. One banner in Tahrir Square read: “The army has to choose between Egypt and Mubarak.”
Well, here’s a real good reason to tell the former Speaker of the House to sit down, and shut up! Ya don’t destroy your food by burning it in your vehicle!
I’m not sure why so many didn’t see these evils with their fingerprints all over the uprising. It seemed fairly clear to me. And I’ve never trusted, nor particularly liked, El Baradei. But of course, the left is all over sucking up to them, whitewashing reality. They tend to do that a lot. Or, they sit by idly, spinning on their thumbs, while the situation continues to deteriorate. Some folks might want to look past the Middle East, and pay attention to other regions in the world, too.
I rather like the idea of students getting involved in issues that directly affect them, instead of leaving it all to the politicians. Not that anyone actually gives a flip what they want, or need, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
You know, we still manufacture weapons and ammo in this country. Wouldn’t these items solve the problem a lot easier, and cheaper, that depending on some drug?
It’s really not wise to run as a New England version of ‘conservative’ (which, in reality, doesn’t really exist), express conservative views, and then betray those who helped get you into office. Of course, I’ve frequently questioned if there actually are any slightly conservative types in that region of the country. How did they produce such as John Adams, etc., and end up being the arrogant elitists of the East Coast? Just curious.
This isn’t surprising, considering every Exxon station I’ve seen around here is typically 5 to 8 cents higher than any other gas station, including the other big names. Not sure why people keep buying from them, when they can actually save money elsewhere.