About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Supreme Nine

Now that the three days of oral arguments before the Supreme Court re whether or not ObamaCare is constitutional are over all we can do is wait for the decision that will determine which path the country proceeds on.

Carol & I made time to listen to the audios of the arguments broadcast on C-SPAN about 1 PM on all three days – this way we didn't need talking heads later to tell us what happened because we knew first hand.

The first day was bland enough with the Justices pretty much telegraphing that they were not going to go for the provisions of the Anti-Injunction Act of 1867 that requires taxpayers to actually pay their assessments before they can challenge a tax's legality.  Since tax payments for ObamaCare do not begin for two years this proposal by BO's lawyers would have delayed the Supreme Court's decision to well after the November election & to their credit the Justices would have none of it, or so it seemed.

The second day concentrated on whether or not the ObamaCare individual mandate requirement for people to buy healthcare insurance or pay a penalty is constitutional & the third day concentrated on whether or not the entire law should be scrapped if the individual mandate is found unconstitutional.  There were also arguments re the expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare.

Now the biggest problem comes with a mix of the Supreme Court finding the individual mandate unconstitutional but leaving the rest of the 2,700 page ObamaCare law in place.  This would in essence produce a law that is unworkable from an insurance industry standpoint.  Without the individual mandate in the law people would not need to secure insurance while they were healthy but rather could wait until they were sick enough to need it under the "guaranteed issue" clauses of the law.  The "community rating" clauses of the law would ensure such sick people would pay no more than perfectly healthy people who chose to buy insurance for their own reasons while they were healthy.  You can see that insurance companies would quickly go out of business setting up & really accelerating exactly what BO has wanted all along – single payer universal healthcare.

America could be on this accelerated path to socialism this summer if the majority of the nine Supreme Court Justices rule (vote) as indicated above.  Nine people who the great majority of Americans could not name or identify if their lives depended on it – which in this case it just might.


  1. Thank you Doug & Carol for reporting on the Supreme Court ObamaCare ruling that will be forthcoming in a few months.

    There is something inherently wrong with a system in which nine people will decide what 330 million Americans are supposed to do like if the Supreme Court upholds this atrocity, especially in its entirety. I understand it is our system but the majority of the people as well as a majority of the states do not want this legislation imposed on us. If the ObamaCare law is upheld in any form it tells you that Government is force & nothing more. Our Constitution guarantees the principles of federalism in which the distribution of powers of both the federal government & the states are defined. America is a republic not a democracy & our republic was founded on limiting the size & scope of the federal government.

    If ObamaCare is upheld in any form it will put our health insurance companies out of business. Imagine government, our government by the people, putting a private industry out of business. That will be a very bad day for America... Wake up people, please we must do something to repeal this law and get rid of this administration. Please ask God to for His help...

  2. By the way, I thought Justice Kagan, who materially participated in the defense of the challenge to Bill while she was Solicitor General of the United States, had recused herself. When did she decide to "un-recuse" herself?

  3. I read the blog on the Supreme Court and I can't understand how 9 non-elected, appointed judges have managed to gain so much power that their word is law. I don't believe that our Founding Fathers had intended to put so much power in their hands. Is there no way that the Legislative Branch can overrule them the same as they can overrule the President if they choose to?