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June 29, 2012

Krauthammer on the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare ruling

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mike Kueber @ 11:15 am
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When I ran for Congress two years ago, the #1 plank in my platform was titled “Constitutional, right-sized government.”  The plank read as follows:

  • “Government should be big enough to maintain our national security and keep our businesses honest, but not big enough to create a welfare state.  Unlike my Republican primary opponents, I don’t argue that the current expansion of the federal government is unconstitutional.  I don’t want the Supreme Court to make that important decision, just like I don’t want the Supreme Court to decide abortion issues.  Those decisions are for us voters to make.  If we think the federal government is getting too expansive, then we should vote out our federal politicians.

As I read Charles Krauthammer’s column today on the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare decision (titled “Why Roberts Did It”), I was struck by how similar his reasoning was.  According to Krauthammer, Chief Justice Roberts was concerned about the Court’s diminished credibility based on its perceived arrogation of power, first with the liberals and Roe v. Wade and later with the conservatives and Bush v. Gore

Krauthammer concludes his column with the following sage advice (from himself and Roberts):

  • That’s not how I would have ruled. I think the “mandate is merely a tax” argument is a dodge, and a flimsy one at that. (The “tax” is obviously punitive, regulatory and intended to compel.) Perhaps that’s not how Roberts would have ruled had he been just an associate justice and not the chief. But that’s how he did rule.  Obamacare is now essentially upheld. There’s only one way it can be overturned. The same way it was passed — elect a new president and a new Congress. That’s undoubtedly what Roberts is telling the nation: Your job, not mine. I won’t make it easy for you.

Because I am an admirer of both Krauthammer and Justice Roberts, I am pleased to find myself in such good company.

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1 Comment »

  1. […] this past week, the Court also handed down another interesting (and disappointing) decision on the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime for individuals to lie about their military-medal achievements.  Unlike […]

    Pingback by The Supreme Court kills the Stolen Valor Act « Mike Kueber's Blog — June 30, 2012 @ 4:19 am | Reply


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