If you are a political analyst like my colleagues and myself you knew firsthand what Obama was going to do to the nation even before Election Day approached. However, even the most right wing pundit was surprised when it began to come out that during his White House term, Obama wasn’t just controlling corporations but also elections. Read more
By George F. Will
Given Elena Kagan’s aversion to “vapid and hollow” confirmation hearings devoid of “legal analysis,” beginning Monday she might relish answering these questions:
– It would be naughty to ask you about litigation heading for the Supreme Court concerning this: Does Congress have the right, under its enumerated power to regulate interstate commerce, to punish the inactivity of not purchasing health insurance? So, instead answer this harmless hypothetical: If Congress decides that interstate commerce is substantially affected by the costs of obesity, may Congress require obese people to purchase participation in programs such as Weight Watchers? If not, why not?
– The government having decided that Chrysler’s survival is an urgent national necessity, could it decide that “Cash for Clunkers” is too indirect a subsidy and instead mandate that people buy Chrysler products?
– If Congress concludes that ignorance has a substantial impact on interstate commerce, can it constitutionally require students to do three hours of homework nightly? If not, why not?
– Can you name a human endeavor that Congress cannot regulate on the pretense that the endeavor affects interstate commerce? If courts reflexively defer to that congressional pretense, in what sense do we have limited government? Read more
By Chuck Norris
Last week, I discussed a series of evidences regarding how President Barack Obama is leading the White House pack in distancing his administration from the Boy Scouts of America.
As I pointed out, the White House has delayed Eagle Scout certificate signings, denied the invitation to go to the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary gala, downplayed Obama’s acceptance of BSA’s honorary presidency, dodged official communications about the BSA, not defended the BSA against cultural attacks, and diminished Obama’s all-around role as BSA’s honorary president.
And to boot, Obama’s administration has followed suit, collectively believing as progressives that the BSA is behind the times or too traditional and conservative.
For example, just a week after Obama denied the invitation to attend the BSA’s gala in his own backyard (Washington, D.C.), on Feb. 12 White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was forced to discuss the Boy Scouts. But even then, as you’ll see, Gibbs dodged questions about White House sentiment regarding the BSA. Read more