According to the Associated Press, The Supreme Court has left little doubt in last weeks arguments over President Obama’s Health Care Plan, that Congress would be able to get anything done. In short our nations highest court, The Supreme Court of The United States has little faith in the ability of Congress to accomplish anything during the rest of this session, especially with regard to the president’s Health Care Overhaul. The comments were striking when considering the conservatives justices who have called upon judges to avoid showing any deference to the positions of elected officials.
“You can’t repeal the rest of the act,” said Justice Anthony Scalia, ” because you’re not going to get 60 votes in the Senate to repeal the rest”. He said it’s not a matter of enacting a new act. “You’ve got to get 60 votes to repeal it. So the rest of the act is going to be the law, Scalia said. The Justice said that it might just be better to throw the whole law out.
Based on the Justices commentary during the three-day arguments over the Health Care Plan put forth by the Obama Administration, the justices seemed to be thinking along the same line of the public. that is to say that this Congress is not capable of getting much of anything accomplished. It is just to divided, and split. Throw in the realization that this is an election year, and well, ‘End of argument’.
This however, seems to be the crux of the entire two-year session of the House and the current Senate as well. The moderate Republicans are paralyzed by a far right conservative Tea Party base, that holds enough votes in their pocket to ward off an entire legislative system. With them there is no compromise, no discussion, no dealing. If it is not compatible to their narrow agenda, they block the legislation. They have done this throughout the session. Its worked well. They have just about brought the entire country to its knees.
The Tea Party is writing a whole new set of rules in Congress. These rules however, are not compatible with legislative reality. If one faction has the ability to bring an entire nation to a halt, over any given matter important to the function of an entire nation, the implications could have far-reaching effects on Congress and its ability to function. That is where we stand today. It is obvious that our nations highest court, The United States Supreme Court has the same concerns in mind. In fact, they might scrap the entire Obama Health Care package because of their realization that a three-way split in Congress would make it impossible to implement any portion of the plan, because Congress can not get anything done.
Now I am sure there are those who would say this is great news. Most Americans opposed to what is termed “Obama Care”, look forward to a deafening defeat for the President. But we also need to consider this countries ability to function. Are we at all thinking about this Congress and its ability to govern in the ability of a national crisis. We for example, face the most serious economic situation in the history of The United States. Our spending and deficit is way out of control. Yet we continue to spend money like a leaking sieve. I do not pretend to understand the entire economic situation. It seems for every idea there is good reason not to implement it, because those most in need are the ones who get hurt.
Say what you will, but there is no doubt for example, that wall Street is out of control. Speculators are driving up the price of oil, based on nothing more than greed. The President, and even Congress seems incapable, or interested in doing anything about it. The impact is just starting to show. Soon, Americans will stay home, stop buying, and then the economic slide will begin. Lay offs, followed by rising unemployment, followed by recession, followed by more anger, strife, and voter disapproval.
Couple this with a loss in faith by the American people in our legislative system and any Presidents ability to govern, much less President Obama, and we might be developing a very serious national crisis that I would venture to say is……………..The topic of another discussion.
That’s my point of view.
Have a good day and as usual……………….God Bless America