Although the Supreme Court heard arguments on the consitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act, contemptuously referred to by its opponents as Obama Care, this week, they won't announce their decision until June or July. The counsel for the government did not do a very good job and might be the "fall guy" if the mandate is ruled unconstitutional. Over the next few months, in anticipation of the Court's decision, this blog will include occasional articles on the case. Your comments would be very welcome!
Getting back to the dogs in my neighborhood, Baxter, Cooper and Bailey combined together sounds like the name of a musty old law firm where all of the partners came out of Ivy League schools back in the days when those institutions still had quotas discriminating against people who didn’t have these kinds of names. Most of the folks in my neighborhood today still don’t have names like these.
I wonder, if you visited a neighborhood inhabited by people who actually had such last names as Baxter and Bailey, you would find that they had named their dogs something like Goldberg, DeMarco or Karapopolis. Can’t you just see one of these Brooks Brothers attired gentlemen directing his well trained Dalmatian, “Sit, Goldberg, Sit!”
- Rep. Paul Ryan made absolutely clear that he is not now and never was interested in deficit reduction. After a couple of years of being lauded by deficit hawks as the man prepared to make hard choices, he proposed a budget that would not end deficits until 2040 but would cut taxes by $4.6 trillion over a decade while also extending all of the Bush tax cuts, adding an additional $5.4 trillion to the deficit. Ryan would increase military expenditures and then eviscerate the rest of the federal government.
- Last week the nation also focused seriously on the “Stand Your Ground” laws that the National Rifle Association has pushed through in state after state. These statutes came to wide attention because of the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager.
- There was, finally, that toy metaphor from Eric Fehrnstrom, a top aide to Mitt Romney. Asked on CNN if the primary campaign had forced Romney “to tack so far to the right it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election,” Fehrnstrom replied that “everything changes” after the primaries. “It’s almost like an Etch a Sketch,” he added, “you can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again.”
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