Healthcare headlines

The new healthcare law has more or less fallen of the radar screen lately. Here are two stories that give me a warm fuzzy feeling about it. First from Politico, health care is going to cost more than previously thought: Congressional Budget Office estimates released Tuesday predict the health care overhaul will likely cost about $115 billion more in discretionary spending over ten years than … Continue reading Healthcare headlines

Assassinating American Citizens

OK, I’m just as happy seeing al-Awlaqi meet his maker and however many virgins.  But, for those of us who did take the whole FISA debate seriously, and that whole due process rigamarole that the Bill of Rights blathers on about, and as someone who felt the sting of the sarcasm embodied in the bumpersticker wisdom of “Go Ahead, Take My Rights; I Wasn’t Using … Continue reading Assassinating American Citizens


This is the number one reason I didn’t vote for Obama, the Supreme Court. His appointees will cause detrimental effects long after O is gone. All legislation must at some point pass through all 3 branches of government (what were they again??). At the judicial branch, Obama will have the courts bent solidly leftward that many Constitutional tests will be ignored in favor of … Continue reading The SCOTUS

Thomas Sowell on Obama and Biden

He disapproves: Barack Obama has the kind of cocksure confidence that can only be achieved by not achieving anything else. Anyone who has actually had to take responsibility for consequences by running any kind of enterprise– whether economic or academic, or even just managing a sports team– is likely at some point to be chastened by either the setbacks brought on by his own mistakes … Continue reading Thomas Sowell on Obama and Biden

Justice Thomas on Reading the Constitution

Justice Thomas puts it almost exactly as I have to my students: …there are really only two ways to interpret the Constitution — try to discern as best we can what the framers intended or make it up. That’s exactly right. Either you try to judge on the basis of what the Constitution says or you make it up as you go.  Liberal interpretive strategies … Continue reading Justice Thomas on Reading the Constitution

Obama and the Machine

I’ve been saying, from very early in the campaign, that Barack Obama is not a new kind of politician; he’s an old kind, a representative of the Democratic (in this case, Chicago) machine. The link with Tony Rezko has provided some evidence for that. Now, additional evidence: Obama has promised the Teamsters that he’ll end federal oversight of the union. Power Line reminds us of … Continue reading Obama and the Machine

“I’m going down to Moe’s for a couple of beers.”

That’s what Bart Simpson told his family in “Homer v. the Eighteenth Amendment.” “I’ll go with you!” said Homer. Marge put a stop to it, and that was that—except, of course, that Bart’s drinking started a temperance campaign that led to prohibition. As the episode illustrates, things get complicated when the government gets involved. That’s perhaps the moral of this story of a University of … Continue reading “I’m going down to Moe’s for a couple of beers.”

Google Street View

I spent a day this week touring Pittsburgh via Google Street View, which is amazing. Now comes news that a Pittsburgh couple has sued Google for including their house in street view, claiming that it has harmed their property’s value. But you could already view a less attractive picture of their house on the Allegheny County assessment web site, and learn all sorts of other … Continue reading Google Street View