Judge Vinson’s decision notes that there used to be a severability clause in the legislation at one point but that it was removed. This removal Judge Vinson takes to be purposeful and an acknowledgment by congress that this health scam pyramid could not stand once the “mandate” block was removed. Of course, we know it was boobery (as one Obama Dimocrat acknowledged) pure and simple.
The judge ruled the entire law unconstitutional and now Obama and his courtroom clowns will have to get a stay from the courts in order to keep the law from dying a quicker death than Hosni Mubarak.
Judge Vinson referenced the Boston Tea Party in his opinion. The judge also cited what Obama said in 2008. Our readers will remember that at the time we warned Obama that his statements would come back to bite him in his scrawny buttocks. Judge Vinson imprinted his teeth in Barack’s buns:
ObamaCare needs to be overturned and shame on anyone on the left who argues otherwise. We are supposed to stand for universal, single-payer. Instead, we're dealing with a gift to Big Insurance that screws over citizens. It is bad enough in real time that so many whored their good names. But to continue to whore today? Even when you know the always laughable public option was never even a serious part of the bill? If you whore for ObamaCare, you have no respect for yourself and no concern about the very real health care crisis in this country.
“I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that ‘if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house,’” Judge Vinson wrote in a footnote toward the end of the 78-page ruling Monday.”
I've been reading some Noam Chomsky books (books, not collections of essays or columns -- which is all I'd read prior with the exception of the hegemony book). And I was talking to Elaine about what I've been reading and she recommended Manufacturing Consent (the documentary film, not the book) which you can stream here. It's very interesting if you haven't seen it. (And it's still very good if you have. I hadn't seen it.) My favorite part?
In Canada, a group of researchers in the 70s worked with monkeys in attempts to communicate (they taught the monkeys sign language) and Nim Chomsky is one of the monkeys. (Chomsky is a linguist scholar as well a political observer.)
In case you can't stream, Nim was taught sign language and could use it. But only to ask for things. A researcher says they were hoping that the day would come where Nim would use the sign language to describe the world as she saw it but that never happened.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):