The Obama Administration Loses a Battle in Its War on Coal In an effort to regulate coal plants out of existence in accordance with President Obama's war on coal, the EPA recently argued before the Supreme Court that they did not have to weigh the costs of new environmental regulations against the supposed benefits. In a ruling announced on Monday, the Court said no, instructing the EPA to conduct a cost/benefit analysis before implementing the rules. Some may consider this the Courts way of throwing conservatives a bone after two landmark decisions went against them, one dealing with the legality of Affordable Care Act subsidies, and the other legalizing same-sex marriage. Conservatives see both cases as the Court rewriting the law and using tortured language to make the law fit their desired outcome. The Obama administration and EPA may have lost a battle, but fully intends to win the war. This decision is in reality the SCOTUS telling the EPA what they need to do to win, in effect coaching them. The EPA will come up with wild predictions on cost savings, not unlike the supposed savings brought by Obamacare. Like those, these will be just as bogus and the Supreme Court will totally buy them.
Does Justice Roberts realize that he just made the Court all but irrelevant as a means of upholding the Constitution? Apparently upholding legislation, even horribly written legislation, is more important.
The President has called for them, the press demands them, politicians propose them. We bloggers fancy that we engage in them, they're called 'national discussions', and the concept is so overused as to be almost meaningless.
You may not see Donald Trump as presidential material. If you don't seem him as being electable, you're not alone. Republican candidates may ignore him at their peril though, his populist brand of conservatism resonates with a large chunk of the electorate.
What conservatives are, (at least social conservatives) is Pro-Life. Who's life? Everyone's-- minus perhaps those Islamic extremist who would kill us and all not like them. I'm pretty sure no terrorists were attending that Baptist prayer group.
On Monday to a cheering Miami crowd, Jeb Bush announced he was running for President. He’s the third in his family to do so. He’s the second Floridian in the race. He was for about 24 hours, first in campaign dollars at his disposal among the Republicans.
I submit that the American flag is a sacred symbol, indistinguishable from the people and nation it represents. It is more than a national logo, more than a patriotic image on cloth. Every physical manifestation of it is a sacred relic, revered by those who believe in what it stands for.
If though, common sence prevails and the Court agrees that the law means what it says and says what it means, that ironically could mean catastrophic success for the Republicans.
If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.