Some NSFW language. Okay, lots of NSFW language.
Utterly hilarious. Please to enjoy.
Venting my spleen for your amusement.
Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.
The striking case of Wickard v. Filburn, 317 U. S. 111 (1942), which held that the economic activity of growing wheat, even for one’s own consumption, affected commerce sufficiently that it could be regulated, always has been regarded as the ne plus ultra of expansive Commerce Clause jurisprudence. To go beyond that, and to say the failure to grow wheat (which is not an economic activity, or any activity at all) nonetheless affects commerce and therefore can be federally regulated, is to make mere breathing in and out the basis for federal prescription and to extend federal power to virtually all human activity.The "ne plus ultra of expansive Commerce Clause jurisprudence"? Damn. Nicely done.
- National Federation of Independent Business v Sebelius, 567 U.S. ___ (2012) (Scalia, joined by Kennedy, Thomas and Alito, dissenting)
Raich is no precedent for what Congress has done here. That case’s prohibition of growing and of possession did not represent the expansion of the federal power to direct into a broad new field.
Moreover, Raich is far different from the Individual Mandate in another respect. The Court’s opinion in Raich pointed out that the growing and possession prohibitions were the only practicable way of enabling the prohibition of interstate traffic in marijuana to be effectively enforced."Far different"? Howso?
[W]e must, if “fairly possible,” construe the provision to be a tax rather than a mandate-with-penalty, since that would render it constitutional rather than un-constitutional (ut res magis valeat quam pereat)*. But we cannot rewrite the statute to be what it is not.
[O]ur cases have long held that the [federal] power to attach conditions to grants to the States has limits.Well your jurisprudence, Justice Scalia, hasn't so far respected any such limits.
Withholding $614.7 million [10% of federal highway funds], equaling only 0.19% of all state expenditures combined, is aptly characterized as “relatively mild encouragement,” but threatening to withhold $233 billion [100% of medicaid funds], equaling 21.86% of all state expenditures combined, is a different matter.These figures are imaginative, to say the least. In Dole, the other 49 states weren't refusing to comply, and his belief that all 50 states might rebel against a Medicaid expansion is absurd in the extreme. Indeed, to apply the fact pattern in Dole, the feds would have to threaten to slash federal highway subsidies to states that resisted the ACA's Medicaid expansion. But the federal government has every right to regulate the terms by which states participate in a federal program that disburses federal funds to states, and the states retain every right to accept the terms and take the money, or not. Nothing has changed.
“And perhaps most troubling of all, ‘Obamacare’ puts the federal government between you and your doctor.”