Friday, June 29, 2012

Obamacare Upheld: Why This Bill is Better than You Think

On Thursday, the Supreme Court handed down one of its most important decisions in recent memory. In a stunning 5-4 vote, they elected to uphold the Affordable Care Act, which has been arguably the biggest piece of legislation that President Barack Obama has helped shepherd through Congress.

The bill, controversial thanks to many provisions including the requirement that all individuals buy health insurance or suffer fines, was saved by a vote from Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush who stunned observers by changing his vote at the last minute.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Scott Walker Wins, But What is the Real Lesson Here?

It all started out so well for opponents of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Over 900,000 voters in the state signed petitions to initiate a recall election, and the protests that have rocked the state over Walker's scaling back of union rights seemed to indicate that there was a groundswell of support for a regime change at the top of the state government.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Thoughts on What a Scott Walker Win Would REALLY Mean

Even though the elections of 2012 are still five months away, arguably the second biggest electoral battle in the United States will take place this Tuesday. In the state of Wisconsin, known as a fairly reliable bellwether in terms of predicting the political mood of the country at any given time, a recall election will pit incumbent Republican governor Scott Walker against Democratic opponent Tom Barrett, the current mayor of Milwaukee.