Elite Contempt for Ordinary Americans

by Walter E. Williams

Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and paid architect of Obamacare, has shocked and disgusted many Americans. In 2013, he explained to a University of Pennsylvania audience: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure (the Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.” He added that the “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.” Most insulting were his previous statements that “the American voter is too stupid to understand” and his boast of Obamacare’s “exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.”

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‘A Collection of Politicians in Robes’

That’s what Yale Law School professor and The New York Times columnist Linda Greenhouse accused members of the Supreme Court of being after they agreed to hear the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. For his part, Princeton professor and fellow NYT columnist Paul Krugman called this a “cruel absurdity,” and suggested the court would “pervert the law to serve political masters.”

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Writes “jacob eagleshield”

“Personally I think you are all nuts. You are part of the United States,despite you having made Arizona the laughing stock of the nation. You are a subject to federal law as anyone else. You would not even be doing this if the President was a white Republican”

Our response:

We were founded in 2006 when George Bush, a white republican, was president.

Try again.

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Jack Balkin: How Liberals Can Reclaim the Constitution

I’m all for using originalism to reach liberal results — I think that’s the best way to defend originalism from the charge that it’s no more than cover for a conservative agenda.

But Balkin seems to go to the opposite extreme, and find that (his version of) originalism always (or almost always) leads to liberal results.

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