. . . and they still voted for the bill.
Scalia on severability: Making us read this entire bill [i.e., Obamacare] would be cruel and unusual punishment.*
So, I guess that means he could still vote to uphold the constitutionality of the unpopular legislation.
*Well, maybe that explains why most congressional Democrats failed to read the bill before voting in favor. Such an action would violate the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Citing an article from from New York magazine, November 29, 2009, Jim Geraghty reminds us how after signing the “stimulus,” President Obama turned his attention to overhauling the nation’s health care system rather than focus on the economy, the top issue on America’s minds:
“Barack did the stimulus, and he thought he checked the box and moved on.” Of course, unemployment remained high, and the economy continued to struggle through this year. Obama moved on, of course, to Obamacare, phenomenallyunpopular legislation that may very well be found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Read the whole thing. Seems he was more interested in provided the fundamental changes he sought than in providing the changes for which Americans hoped.
More on this anon.
As further evidence of the pro-administration bias of the Huffington Post, take a gander at this article they featured yesterday in their latest headlines: Olympia Snowe Gives Obama A ‘Failing’ Grade Because He Didn’t Talk To Her Enough.
They make the outgoing Maine Republican appear to be a whiny, self-important Senator, failing the president only because he wouldn’t talk to her. Even the condescending opening line makes her seem petty, “Olympia Snowe, having decided to quit the Senate, has apparently not yet reached the stage where you quietly go away and leave everybody alone.” (For commentary on the Senator, he turns to left-wing pundits.)
In his eagerness to note, as he put it, “the strangeness of a centrist senator”, writer Jason Linkins misses the real point of Mrs. Snowe’s lament–what her commentary reveals about Barack Obama: the post-partisan politician’s not making an effort to work with even the most liberal Republicans.
Remember, as a candidate, the Democrat presented himself as a new kind of politician who was going to bridge the partisan divide and reach out to Republicans. If he wasn’t talking to one of the most liberal Republican Senators, one of the two (the third would become a Democrat a few months later) to vote for his “stimulus,” then he probably wasn’t reaching out to Republicans less willing to compromise with a liberal Democratic president. (more…)
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Those of us who still use AOL for e-mail have a regular window into liberal media bias. Whenever I send e-mails, the internet services company provides links to several “news” articles (a good number little more than liberal blog posts); yesterday was no exception.
They linked an article which was basically just an administration press release filtered through a left-wing blogress. The Huffington Post headlined the piece, “Newt Gingrich’s Trayvon Martin Comments Were ‘Reprehensible,’ David Plouffe Says“. Note how they lead off with the notion of the comments being reprehensible, with the name of the person as if an afterthought.
Mr. Plouffe is, as the article informs us, “President Barack Obama’s Senior Adviser”. Since when do such an advisor’s comments about a man vying for his boss’s job merit so much attention? It’s just not newsworthy. Maybe it might be if the reporter covered Mr. Gingrich’s reaction, but nowhere does Miss Terkel allow the former Speaker to respond to Mr. Plouffe’s criticism, nor even indicate that she sought his reaction. (In a most helpful update, she does inform us that Plouffe also “criticized former Sen. Rick Santorum’s reaction to Obama’s comments on the Martin shooting.”)
Now, there is nothing wrong with a left-wing blogress repeating White House talking points. She may well share the administration’s outlook — and has every right to express her opinion. But her opinion is not news.
That AOL features this piece as “news” shows that their decision to purchase the Huffington Post has prevented the internet company from becoming an unbiased source of news.
Caught this poster on the electrical post at the corner of Melrose and Highland in Los Angeles:
Seems some folks just don’t want to move on from this story.