Saturday, June 30, 2012

Obamacare Ruling: No Victory For Conservatives

It will take a while for me to recover from the disappointment I feel regarding the Supreme Court decision on the so called "Obamacare" law. Had Italy not won its semi-final match in the European Championship, I would be suicidal. (Kidding!).

And what will make the recovery period even longer, is watching conservatives trying to spin the ruling as a positive for those who believe in a limited federal government.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Chief Justice Roberts for Secretary of State

If Chief Justice Roberts ever tires of being on the Supreme Court, he can always transfer to the State Department. His diplomatic skills are superb.

Obamacare presented a very difficult situation for the Chief Justice. After all, the bill has been gradually implemented during the last two years. Overturning it would have caused disruption and a lot of confusion.

At the same time, upholding Obamacare would greatly upset conservatives who - just minutes before the ruling was released - heartily applauded anytime a Republican candidate pledged to nominate justices “just like Roberts”.

The only way out of this thorny situation was to uphold the law and at same time appease conservatives by giving them a moral victory. And he achieved just that.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Just Because You Declare Victory, It Doesn't Mean You Won

She is a piece of work. Jan Brewer, that is.

On Monday, the Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of Arizona's immigration law was released. Brewer immediately claimed victory even  though the bill was basically gutted.

I suspect that Brewer would have declared victory even if the Court had struck down all the provisions. She seems impervious to facts. Remember the headless bodies? And the non-existent increase in crime?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A Legal Immigrant Speaks Out

Few issues stir people's emotions like illegal immigration. The emotions were in full display this past week as people reacted to the Obama administration's decision to grant deferred action to certain DREAMERS.

As I was reading people's reactions on my Facebook newsfeed, I came across this question: "Why would anyone bother to follow immigration laws?"

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The People's White House

Chuck Todd has a commercial running on MSNBC where he is driving a car talking about his responsibility to use his "unique" access to politicians for the "greater good". He says that his job is to hold elected officials accountable; to bring up issues Americans care about.. lofty sentiments indeed.

And Todd is spot on regarding the responsibility of the media. As Thomas Jefferson said,
“The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being”

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Un, Dos, Tres... Un Pasito Pa' Adelante TX GOP

(translation: one, two, three... one step forward TX GOP). That's my take on the Texas GOP platform when it comes to the issue of immigration.

The Texas Republican party has taken a step forward by including a proposal for a guest worker program in its party platform.

The details are sketchy at this point. And some elements of the proposal do not make much sense. For example, the platform says that temporary workers must "complete an American civic class". Why is it necessary for someone who comes here - let's say - to work in construction to know about the three branches of government? And how many US born workers would be able to pass such a test?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It's Juneteenth For Texas Gay Republicans!

On June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War was over and slaves were free. Please note that this was two and a half years AFTER the Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863. The date June 19th was coined "Juneteenth" and annual celebrations marking the end of slavery in the United States began in Texas but later spread to other states.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Common Sense Prevailed in Wisconsin

Photo By Scott Olson/Getty Images
Whether or not the failure to recall of Governor Scott Walker portends what will happen in November is anybody's guess. One thing is true. Both the Romney and Obama camps stayed clear of Wisconsin. Obama sent a tweet... (how brave!/sarc).  Not sure where Romney was, even though now he is trying to spin the result in his favor. But that is to be expected.