Saturday, June 16, 2012

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Id quot circumiret, circumveniat

So the U.S. Supreme Court is about ready to make their decision on ObamaCare™ public. Apparently they made a decision months ago, so I don't know why they are waiting until late June to actually tell everyone what they decided. You would think that whether or not something is unconstitutional is kind of a big deal, and you'd want to tell people about it as soon as possible. The best thing I can come up with is that they are putting Obama on ice.

You know, let him run around campaigning on the fact that ObamaCare™ is like his biggest (and only) accomplishment for a while, and then SLAM! Down comes the gavel saying that forcing people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional. And then Obama would have to be like "yeah, that health care thing I was proud of, let's not worry about that anymore."

But then he'd have nothing to show for four years of being in office, so I don't know what he could claim to have accomplished if ObamaCare™ gets whacked by the Supreme Court. Honestly, Obama should have thought about all of this before continuously dissing the third branch of government. It can't be too far off to think that, just perhaps, the Court might be interested in a little ego-busting. I mean, they just sit there at State of the Union speeches while Obama pokes at them. You have to wonder what is going on in their heads when POTUS does that. I'm guessing they were just waiting for a moment to have the last laugh.

Intrade is predicting a 70% chance that the Supreme Court will strike down important bits of the health care law, so if that happens, it would be some rather sweet payback for the bench. Really, most everyone agrees it comes down to what Justice Kennedy decides. He's the so-called "swing vote" in the Court, but with a name like Kennedy, I doubt he is really enthusiastic about being called to task by a dog-eating failure of a President. And really, with the Constitution on the side of ObamaCare™ being, well, unconstitutional, it isn't exactly a hard decision to make.

Hopefully, the Court will not give into political or ideological pressures, and just stick to answering the question of whether or not the federal government has the power to force people to buy stuff. If they don't, it will setup another, particularly dangerous precedent. And also we'll have to stomach Obama making victory laps about it on the news. The only positive side to that is more Biden gaffs I guess.

If ObamaCare™ is defeated by the Supreme Court, what do you think would be Obama's next best accomplishment to brag about? Comment below.

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