Well, the dirty deed has been done. The Democrats have gotten their way, and now we all must live with the consequences. As the Wall Street Journal so eloquently stated in this editorial, this goes far beyond just the fiscal ramifications and the degradation of our health care system. This abominable legislation radically alters the relationship between private citizens and their government. It treads heavily upon individual liberty.
The other day, I mistakenly predicted this legislation would fail to get the necessary 216 votes to pass. My error was in trusting that Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak would stick to his pro-life guns, and ditto for several other ostensibly “pro-life” Democrats. The fact that they caved is not so shocking; the fact that they caved based on a worthless executive order from the president is downright pathetic. I won’t get into it here, but that statement is not worth the paper it’s printed on.
There’s a pretty good chance the GOP will take back both houses of Congress in November. But that doesn’t mean repeal of Obamacare is likely, since President Obama would veto attempts to repeal parts or all of the legislation, and any GOP majority would fall far short of override capability.
And as unpleasant as it may be to contemplate this possibility, Obama just might get re-elected in 2012. The Republican nominee, whoever he may be, will undoubtedly be skewered by the mainstream media and many of the TV networks, while they fawn excessively over Obama and give him the kid-gloves treatment.
And frankly, Democrats are so proficient at committing election fraud, that there will undoubtedly be a lot of mischief along those lines. Especially if some kind of immigration reform bill is enacted between now and 2012, which also seems likely.
So it looks to me like challenges to the U.S. Supreme Court might have the best chance of repealing this Rube Goldberg colossus. Thankfully, many attorneys general are lining up and licking their chops.
I’m not a lawyer, but I can see several blatant unconstitutional flaws in this legislation. My fear is the same as that of constitutional scholar, author and radio talk show host Mark Levin: That the Supreme Court will put aside logic and rational thought in favor of precedent — the precedent of FDR’s Supreme Court, which upheld the underpinnings of the welfare state. (Don’t get me started on social security and how adamantly I oppose giving tens of thousands of dollars to a ponzi scheme that will be insolvent before I’m old enough to collect benefits.)
A few years ago, I was livid at President Bush for signing the unconstitutional McCain-Feingold campaign finance “reform.” But I felt confident the Supreme Court would rule against it as an egregious violation of the First Amendment. Yet somehow, major chunks of it were upheld by a supposedly conservative court. If the same thing happens with Obamacare, it will accelerate our nation’s decline.
Guess that's something ELSE to keep in my prayers…
SPEAKING OF PYRRHIC VICTORIES— Congratulations to the Michigan State Spartans for their exciting, entertaining 85-83 victory over the Maryland Terrapins in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans led by 16 points with 12 minutes left, but came unglued toward the end. They trailed by a point with just a few seconds left. Bulky forward Draymond Green played the point guard, dribbling the ball upcourt, then found backup point guard Korie Lucious open at the top of the key.
Lucious drained a last-second 3-pt. shot to seal the deal. But unfortunately, All-Big Ten point guard Kalin Lucas sat out the second half with an injury. Without him at 100 percent, it will be tough for my guys to advance much farther. Who knows, maybe he’ll be all right by Friday night, when MSU takes on Northern Iowa, fresh off their upset of overall No. 1 seed Kansas. Keep the bread-n-circuses coming. We're gonna need 'em!