"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Dec 13, 2010

A pretty little setback

"A federal judge declared the Obama administration's health care law unconstitutional Monday, siding with Virginia's attorney general in a dispute that both sides agree will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court...

...The central issue in Virginia's lawsuit was whether the federal government has the power under the constitution to impose the insurance requirement. The Justice Department said the mandate is a proper exercise of the government's authority under the Commerce Clause.

Cuccinelli argued that while the government can regulate economic activity that substantially affects interstate commerce, the decision not to buy insurance amounts to economic inactivity that is beyond the government's reach."

Don't care about the Constitution, rights, courts or arguments about the rule of law.  The upside of rejecting institutions and superstructure [I hear the gnashing of Fabian and tinkerer teeth]. But giving Obama a bruised nose, and declaring (however temporary) that it just ain't kosher to force a person to purchase a commodity?



biscuit eater said...

I can't tell how you view this development.

Jack Crow said...

It's funny. The rule of thumb is that leftist pressure on el Prez will do the trick in moving him blah blah blah, but it takes a filthy Republican to actually shut down one of the truly execrable portions of the health corvee law.

Al Schumann said...

There are days when I love me some wingnut. That individual mandate was loathsome and the liberal squeals of satisfaction over it were even worse. What a nasty tribe: it was all about spiting the wingers for them and any price others had to pay was worth it.

biscuit eater said...

Mandates bad. I had a feeling that's what you were getting at, but was unsure. Thanks for the clarification.

Randal Graves said...

Oh great, now how will insurance companies make their money?