I'll be surprised if the courts uphold this challenge to Obamacare and rule it unconstitutional. I think the Origination Clause has effectively been rendered moot over the years and it's not going to suddenly be resurrected.
With respect to the Great Depression, we actually came out of the Depression during Roosevelt's first term. See above. But then in his second term we plunged back into it as a result of his socialist policies.
Obama's policies can't work unless some Republicans voted for them? A policy's ability to work depends on who voted for it? You writing from a mental institution?
From the American Spectator:
“A large contraction in output tends to be followed on the average by a large business expansion; a mild contraction, by a mild expansion.”
That was true even during the Great Depression. From 1935 to 1937, the economy actually boomed, with real GDP growth peaking at an astounding 13.1% in 1936. Similarly, in 1946 to 1948, the economy also suffered a severe recession, as America powered down from the World War II economy. But the economy began a postwar boom in 1949, with real GDP growth reaching 8.7% in 1950.
The economy boomed over the 1950s and 1960s in further recovery from the Great Depression 1930s. And it boomed with the historic, 25-year Reagan boom from 1982 to 2007, in recovery from the disastrous 1970s, which suffered historic, double digit inflation, and four worsening recessions from 1969 to 1982.
But nothing like that happened during the Obama recovery from the Great Recession. Real GDP growth peaked at 2.4% in 2010, and has never again reached even that pitiful level for a recovery from a deep recession. All Obama had to do to be a hero was stay out of the way of the typical American recovery. But Obama couldn’t do it. He was too busy fundamentally transforming America, a goal that implies there was something fundamentally wrong with America before he came along.
The Washington Times reports that a decision from the District Court is imminent. The argument, in a nutshell, is that ObamaCare being a tax, the Constitution requires it to “originate” in the House:
All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.
The lawsuit is brought by the Pacific Legal Foundation, which explained how ObamaCare came about:
[T]he Obama Administration’s health care law did not originate in the House; it originated in the Senate, when Senator Harry Reid “amended” a bill the House had passed by striking out all of its text and replacing it with the Senate-written bill that eventually became Obamacare.
The Washington Times article says the government has filed a brief saying that shell bills are constitutional:
“This commonplace procedure satisfied the Origination Clause,” said the brief. “It makes no difference that the Senate amendments to H.R. 3590 were expansive. The Senate may amend a House bill in any way it deems advisable, even by amending it with a total substitute, without running afoul of the Origination Clause.”
The brief cites a number of cases in which courts upheld shell bills, but foundation attorneys counter that those rulings involved the Senate substitution of one revenue-raising bill for another:
“Here, by contrast, it is undisputed that H.R. 3590 was not originally a bill for raising revenue. Unlike in the prior cases, the Senate’s gut-and-amend procedure made H.R. 3590 for the first time into a bill for raising revenue.”
The original bill passed by the House of Representatives was the “Service Members Home Ownership Act of 2009.” Reid literally used that bill as a shell, eliminated every word, and replaced it with the language of ObamaCare. It is as cynical a bypass of the Origination Clause as one can imagine.
We’ll soon learn if the District Court believes the Origination Clause means anything.
I apologize to the moonbats who don't like the real world. They live in the Michael Moore parallel universe.
And why did he fly off to a Vegas fundraiser while several more embassies were coming under attack?
They didn't. That's moonbat mythology.
But why did Obama allow our consulate in Benghazi to be attacked and deny their request for more security. And why did he do NOTHING WHATSOEVER while the attack was going on?
By Joseph Curl, Wash. Times
Being president of the U.S., the most powerful man in the world, is often most about perception.
But something remarkable has happened with these occupants of the White House: Neither President Obama nor first lady Michelle appear to give a damn about perception. They won the White House and, by God, they’re going to enjoy their time there, no matter the cost. And who cares what you think, anyway?
How else to explain the nonstop vacations the pair keep taking during what Mr. Obama calls the “worst financial crisis since the Great Depression”? In 2013, the First Family has already enjoyed three vacations — that’s one a month. (Sorry, Joe America, you might have to forget your week at the beach again this year, but make sure you get those taxes in on time!)
The Obamas ended 2012 and kicked off 2013 in an $8 million, 6,000-square-foot house in Hawaii (they left well before Dec. 25, by the way). There, the president played five rounds of golf. Scarcely a month into Term 2, Mrs. Obama headed off for Aspen, taking along the couple’s daughters. Vice President Biden also hit the Colorado slopes. While the girls (and Joe) were gone, Mr. Obama nipped down to Florida for a four-day boys weekend of golf, teeing it up with his buddies — and Tiger Woods. He hit the links again this weekend, then dropped in for an NCAA tournament game in Washington.
Jumpin’ Joe, for his part, spent New Year’s in the Virgin Islands and popped off over the Easter weekend for a golf outing at the glorious Kiawah Island, S.C. . His third vacation of the year came the same week as reports that he and his entourage spent $460,000 for a single night in London and $585,000 for a night at a five-star hotel in Paris.
Then, last week, reports emerged that the Obama girls were kicking it in the Bahamas for spring break. Days later, a Colorado news station, KMTV, reported that the girls were now skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho. The White House flacks didn’t like that one bit.
Good news for you all. I put in a market sell order at the open tomorrow. So it'll drop at the open but then finish up for the day.
I first bought SODA on 1/4/13. If you look at a chart when did it suddenly stop going up (except for a couple of brief spikes which immediately reversed)? Spooky isn't it?
I don't go pumping Republican politicians the way Musk hilariously pumps Obama and Democrats.
For the first year or two after Obama took office he would periodically post something along the lines of "I think Obama's intelligent, engaged etc. etc.".
Then there was this thing he kept posting where he would contrast Democrats and Republicans, which went something like
"Democrats- John Stewart, flowers, children, cute puppy dogs, love etc."
"Republicans - Rush Limbaugh, oil companies, banks, Lex Luthor, etc."
I do try to set the record straight on some (widely believed) factual misconceptions/lies about the Bush years. Exhibit one is the claim Cheney/Libby ordered Valery Plame's CIA position disclosed to the press.