Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Republican Party Platform on Judicial Activism

In the Republican Party Platform for 2012, the second sentence under the heading "Fundamental Tax Reform" reads as follows:

"As a matter of principle, we oppose retroactive taxation, and we condemn attempts by judges at any level of government, to seize the power of the purse by ordering high taxes."  [emphasis mine]  I read this language, in part, as criticism of Chief Justice John Roberts' decision to justify Obamacare on the taxing power of the federal government, even though the law proposed to finance Obamacare through a mandate (or penalty) to purchase health insurance, not through a tax.

Romney's web site includes an issue on "Courts and the Constitution."  The first sentence in paragraph four states that "As president, Mitt will nominate judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito."  Mitt believes these judges vote to uphold the Constitution, not advance their own policy preferences.

The sentence appeared on Romney's web site before the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare and has remained unchanged since then.

Just wondering if Chief Justice Roberts remains the mold for "President Romney's" prospective appointments (if Romney is elected)?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Who Is America's Enemy In The Middle East

Which of the following are America's enemies in the Middle East?

Taliban
Wahabis
Salafis
Muslim Brotherhood
Alawites
Hamas
Hezbollah
Pakistan Intelligence Services
PKK
Iran Revolutionary Council
Al-Qaeda
Moqtada al-Sadr
Add others as appropriate

If anybody knows, please advise the president, secretary of state, and secretary of defense.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Paranormal Economics

It's easy to fix America's economic and financial problems.  Propose a plan and then

1.  Assert (claim, project, estimate) 4% growth.

2.  Assert the creation of (fill in number) millions of new jobs in the next 4 or 8 years.

3.  Assert falling unemployment rate to 4.5%.

4.  Assert eliminating the deficit and returning to surplus in (fill in number) years.

Voila!