We took a break today from listening to the Rolling Stones, to check out the two big ObamaCare cases up for a hearing. In the case before the Supreme Court, the Hobby Lobby contraception mandate case which the government will likely lose, we spotted something that no one else is mentioning Here’s the spring sprig which caught our attention:
“As Verrilli’s situation worsened, Justice Kennedy moved in to wonder why it was that Congress would allow a government agency — the Health and Human Services Department — “the power to decide a First Amendment issue of this consequence…. That is for Congress, not for an agency.” Kennedy would repeat that criticism later in the argument.”
It seems to us that Justice Kennedy was telegraphing something to the much more substantial case – the ObamaCare-killer hearing – in the circuit court which was also heard today:
“As has been recounted in this space before, the plain text PPACA authorizes tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies for the purchase of qualifying health insurance plans purchased in health insurance exchanges “established by the State under section 1311” of the Act. PPACA supporters believed every state would create its own exchange. They were mistaken, however, and over thirty states have refused. In response, the IRS promulgated a regulation authorizing tax credits and subsidies in all exchanges, whether or not they were “established by the State under 1311.” Halbig is one of four pending challenges to this regulation.
On January 15, Judge Paul Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columba upheld the IRS rule. According to Judge Friedman’s opinion, an exchange may provide tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies even if it was neither “established by a State” nor “established . . . under section 1311.” As should be clear, I take a different view. Indeed, my work (with Michael Cannon) has been credited with inspiring this litigation and I co-authored an amicus brief in Halbig expanding on our research (see also here).”
It appears to us that Justice Kennedy in questioning whether a mere agency, not the Congress, had the authority to decide an issue of such consequence (namely a First Amendment religious freedom issue) in the Hobby Lobby case might be sending a strong signal to the Halbig litigants and justices that he is not kindly disposed to agencies, not the Congress, making consequential law. Perhaps Justice Kennedy believes that the legislature legislates?
Did we detect from Justice Kennedy something no one else saw? Or did the Rolling Stones put us in such a good mood we are deceived?
Yup, we are in a good mood. Those of us in winter quarters for these past six years see the jonquils of hope bursting out through the hard ground. Finding good news is as hard as spotting red roses blooming in the snow during these lean Obama years. But we’re optimists and we’re always on the lookout for pink petals floating from the sky.
Still, it sure’s been a long cold cold winter… and the springtime takes a long way around.
It was Mick and the boys that today pep us up:
We previously reported how Roger Waters, formerly of Pink Floyd, is spearheading the movement to prevent musicians from appearing in Israel, even using a fake Gandhi quote as justification.
One of the groups subject to boycott pressure is the Rolling Stones.
In a blow to the boycott movement, Rolling Stones confirm June 4 Israel show:
The Rolling Stones confirmed Tuesday that they will perform in Tel Aviv on June 4 as part of their “14 On Fire” world tour.
“It’s the first time in 35 years that I have no words to describe the enormity of this event,” said producer Shuki Weiss, who has been trying to get the renowned band to Israel for much of his career.
The concert had been rumored for months, but organizers were only able to announce the official confirmation at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
“This is a historic moment,” said Weiss, who has produced many of Israel’s largest concerts. “It’s a huge honor to bring the Rolling Stones to Israel, an honor for the country, the citizens, and mostly for the fans who have waited for this moment.”
Israel continues to be under attack by the forces of “divestment” especially at American colleges and universities. If you’re a White House reporter, who is Jewish, traveling with Israel hating bow-to-Saudi-despots Barack Obama you’re out of luck in getting your travel papers to enter Saudi Arabia. Obama will no doubt denouce Israel and bow again to Saudi creeps instead of standing up for American values. Well, anyway, at least the British boys called the Rolling Stones stand up for American values.
Our regular readers know we have been strongly warning that Hillary Clinton 2016 better run away from Obama and ObamaCare. We believe Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton are already doing that, albeit at a snail’s pace.
Yesterday, Bill Clinton continued to put pedal to the metal and increased the distance from Obama:
“Bill Clinton: If The U.S. Gives Up Internet Oversight, Internet Freedom Will Suffer
According to former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Obama’s plan to relinquish control of the Internet will enable foreign governments to crack down and limit Internet freedom.
Last week the Obama administration announced that they were looking for private company to take over the US handling of internet address.
Clinton has joined a number of critics in the US and around the world who think this is a bad and would lead to vulnerability of the internet freedom.
Speaking at Arizona State University, Clinton and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales doubted the benefits of such a change. Bluntly, Clinton claims introducing a system of global oversight will empower “governments that want to gag people, and restrict access to the Internet.”
“I understand in theory why we should have a multi-stakeholder process…I just know that a lot of these so-called stakeholders are really governments that want to gag people, and restrict access to the Internet.”
Clinton asked Wales on stage if he is concerned that this decision will negatively impact Internet freedom. In response, Wales said “yes, I’m very worried about it.”
What else will Obama give away that weakens America? Obama’s already given away nuclear reductions unilaterally. Obama proved to be very “flexible” after the elections and given Crimea to Russia because of inaction. Missile deployment? Check. Iran nuclear weapons to threaten Israel? Check. What’s left? Even Michelle is in China!
Michelle torturing the Chinese – see we told you things are getting better!
Picture it: Chinese government officials used to tormenting their people wake up and have to see Michelle Obama stomping through the Forbidden City spending American cash borrowed from the Chinese lender government. The power of Karma!
While Michelle scowls her way through China – frightening peasants, bicyclers, and officialdom, we are treated to an appearance by Sister Sarah:
“Sarah Palin on Hillary Run: ‘I Would Like to See More Women Run for Higher Office’
During her appearance on “Extra” to promote her new TV Show “Amazing America,” former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) was asked by host Mario Lopez “What are your thoughts on Hillary Clinton?”
Palin responded, “I would like to see women run for the higher office. I think America certainly is ready for more female candidates at that upper echelon.”
The Palin interview may be viewed at HERE.
Good for Sarah Palin. Palin could have been snarky and insulted Hillary. Palin eviscerated Obama in the interview. Palin could have denounced Hillary Clinton 2016 too. Palin could have said something along the lines of “I’m looking forward to Republican candidate X to get in the race”. Palin could have said a lot of avoid the topic entirely non-sequiturs Instead Sarah Palin smelled the pink roses. That’s the right thing to do in Spring.