Once again Roberts came down on side of corporate profits
Whats the big surprise about Chief Justice John Roberts decision to allow President Obamas health care legislation to stand?
Roberts led the charge on the Citizens United decision in 2010, opening the gates for corporate cash to flood the election. Wealthy corporate interests have reaped huge political rewards already on their investments made possible by that ruling.
Now, the Affordable Care Act decision gives health care companies access to over 30 million individual revenue streams, backed by the U.S. government.
Of course Justice Roberts was going to rule in favor of expanded corporate profits. Thats what he sees as job one.
Michael A. Clark
In response to Justice Roberts alternate universe (July 5 Viewpoint):
Justice Roberts health care decision no act of arrogance
The audacity of op-ed columnist Michael Gerson to instruct Justice Roberts on the error of his ruling on the Affordable Care Act is mind boggling.
Gersons nonsense about institutionalism vs constitutionalism is a pointless manufactured construction.
Roberts said simply that the Act was constitutional because Congress has the authority to tax the uninsured who pose a financial burden on the insured.
Roberts also said it was not the Supreme Courts responsibility to concern itself with the consequences of the Act.
How could Roberts have come to any other conclusion?
George P. Myers
Dems outcry over Carney fracking vote disingenuous
When N.C. Rep. Becky Carney allegedly hit the wrong button on the fracking vote, Republicans used a perfectly legal parliamentary maneuver to keep her from changing her vote. Now theyre the bad guys.
Yet, where was the outrage when President Obama and the Democrats used every rotten trick, including outright threats, to get Obamacare passed by the barest of margins?
I guess it all depends on whose ox is getting gored. Sure glad we moved across the line.
Fort Mill, S.C.
In response to Small business owners owe employees reasonable benefits (July 5 Forum):
Health insurance a plus, but no employer owes it to workers
Forum writer Julie Post believes small business owners owe employees reasonable benefits.
A successful businessman knows he needs to offer competitive benefits to attract and retain the best employees. Thats why we have employer-provided benefits in the first place.
But I cant imagine how that translates to mean the government can require businesses to provide or pay for employees health insurance.
In response to Maybe, at last, a glimpse of the God particle (July 5):
Money spent on God particle
a waste; answer lies in Bible
One report that I read said that the scientists were trying to figure out how all of these subatomic particles got their mass.
Well, I could have saved them the millions and told them how and where to find the answer to that question. The book of Genesis, Chapter One, first words: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now that would have been much cheaper and I still believe that that explanation makes more sense than trying to smash two particles together to see what happens.
Clyde Wayne Shook
In response to House acted badly in Fast and Furious case (June 30 Editorial):
Yes, GOP is after Eric Holder,
but he brought it on himself
The investigation into Fast and Furious is 18 months old and the parents of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry have yet to be told what happened or whats being done to make sure it wont happen again.
Eighteen months! No investigation should take 18 months.
If investigations like Fast and Furious are routine, then why doesnt Eric Holder get on TV and tell the American people exactly what happened, who knew about it and how hes making sure it wont happen again?
I agree the Republicans are on a witch hunt, but it is Holder who has allowed them to do it.
Issue isnt Holder; futile drug war feeds guns sales, deaths
Those trying to create a swirling storm of manufactured outrage surrounding Eric Holder and ATF should be aware that ATF agents observed a straw purchase of multiple high-powered rifles and requested repeatedly that Arizona prosecutors issue warrants.
They were refused. So they shopped in an ever-widening circle and ended up asking a N.Y. prosecutor to intercede.
There are hundreds of arms dealers on the Tex/Mex border openly selling guns that will end up killing innocent citizens, law officers and others caught in the crossfire of a pot war.
Its a war that could be legislated away with the stroke of a pen were it not for the corruption of mass sums of cash, political posturers and an ignorance of the depth and root of the problem on the part of the average American voter.
Indian Land, S.C.