" I would not look to the US constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the constitution of South Africa."
This is the same problem we will have with Kagan and Sotomayor!
spring ... all u have to do is GET THE VOTES
but first u have to select a candidate and a platform ... the differences between the parties are RADICAL
bho in 2012 by a landslide ... u can take that to the bank
spring ... ORDAINED it was ... healthcare is a universal need just as safety and security
people like u have been INGORING the founding principles too long ... shame, shame
bho had the political will to do what should have been done years earlier ... address the healthcare needs of the citizens our great country ... all the citizens
in the meantime ... millions have benefited ... and all are thankful to bho and his administration
It is s tricky matter. That would imply that a person (lying down on the pavement, for example) would not be taken to a hospital any longer. The government (police. fire dept,..) can't take a person to hospital without his consent. The person has to take care of himself, or make previous arrangements! (that is what you are saying?) That seems to violate the "good Samaritan" laws, but who really cares. Yes, business is business, and medical care is just that. Pay or get no hospital service, taking someone to hospital without his express consent is violating his civil rights.
The state must stop calling the ambulance for taking seriously ill people to hospital if there is no prior written consent that allows such a thing. What a world the “conservatives” can envision for all of us, however they believe to be exempt be a victim of such nonsense.
spring ... the affordable care act is scheduled to phase in ... not being held up by anyone
there is a question whether the scotus can make a ruling since there are no harmed parties
insurance companies that have already issued policies based on the ACA will be required to honor those policies since they are legal contracts
there are a few interesting issues regarding the so called mandate and severability ... time will tell
spring posts >It's their job to weigh the legislation against the law to see if the legislation is in itself legal.
wrong starting point ... the judiciary ONLY gets involved when there is a dispute
to keep it simple, one side presents its case and argues that it has been wrongly damaged and requests relief
so there are already differences of opinion and differences in the interpretation of the law
judges are claim settlers ... they dont weight the legislation again the law ... the legislation is the law ... they evaluate the rightness of the claim considering the law and its founding basis and purpose ... including whether the LAW meets a constitutional test
until a LAW is overturned ... the LAW is the LAW ... judges do not CREATE law, they CREATE precedent
By MACKENZIE WEINGER | 2/8/12 11:17 AM EST
Dependence on government is at an all-time high, according to a new study by the Heritage Foundation.
The annual Index of Dependence on Government — which the authors score based on how much money was spent on services that were not always traditionally offered by the federal government — found that government dependency jumped 8.1 percent in 2011. Most of the assistance went toward housing, health and welfare, and retirement, according to
Since the 2008 index, the American people’s dependence on government has grown a whopping 23 percent.
One in five Americans — or slightly more than 67 million — now relies on federal assistance, at a cost of $2.5 billion annually. That’s the highest in the country’s history, the authors wrote. The index also found that Americans who depend on federal assistance receive an average of $32,748 in benefits, about $300 more than the nation’s average disposable personal income.
Overall, about 70 percent of the federal government’s budget is directed to individual assistance programs. And nearly half of the population, or 49.5 percent, don’t pay any federal income taxes, according to the survey.
“Americans should be concerned about this seemingly relentless upward march in Index scores. Dependence on the federal government for life’s many challenges strips civil society of its historical and necessary role in providing aid and renewal through the intimate relationships of family, community, and local institutions and local governments. While the Index does not measure the decay of civil society, it reflects a declining role in this most important aspect of society,” the authors wrote.
William Beach, index co-author and director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis, added in a statement that “at some point, this unsustainable fiscal model will collapse.”
I wonder if they included social Security in the list of things that the government has not always done. Social Security has certainly only been something we pay the government to do for a little while.
Also, did they include roads in that list? Roads were not always built by the government. It used to be the responsibility of citizens to create and repair the roads in front of their houses, and that they used to get to town.
Do you now depend on the government to build your roads, and to pay your social security?
<More controversially, in 2004, Mbeki signed several amendments to the 1994 Restitution of Land Rights Act, including one that allows his minister of agriculture, Thoko Didiza, to expropriate farms without going to court.
According to Chief Land Claims Commissioner Tozi Gwanya, this was only to be used as a last resort.>
This has been mostly undocumented since 1994! SA constitution is an over reach for big fed government!