In this year’s election, the economy has certainly taken center stage. This is for good reason, of course. The real unemployment numbers for our nation show a figure between 15-20% when all factors are considered, including the underemployed and those who have stopped looking for work.
Under the leadership of Barack Obama, along with the help of a Democrat controlled Congress for the first two years of the Obama administration, more money has been spent and added to our national debt than ever before. In fact, Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, has increased our nation’s debt more than the first 43 presidential administrations combined. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently stated that our nation’s debt is now about 70% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
While it is safe to say that the economy and the staggering debt we face as a nation will continue to be a major issue in this year’s election cycle, the “supreme” issue in this election is now the nomination of judges to the Supreme Court.
Looking at the mixed rulings of the Supreme Court in recent weeks -- the split decisions on many important cases -- we can see how a group of nine unelected officials can have so much power and control over all of our lives.
The convoluted ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, highlights just how important it is to have constitutionally minded Supreme Court judges on the high court. It appeared that Chief Justice John Roberts was going to side with the other four right-leaning justices who wanted to strike down the Obamacare law, but then sided with the four left-leaning judges and upheld the Obamacare law by stating that it can stand as a tax.
Think about how misguided this ruling truly is: Roberts sided with the four right-leaning judges on the Supreme Court by ruling that the Obamacare law is unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and the Proper Clause -- as Congress cannot have that kind of sweeping power -- but then ruled Congress can have that kind of sweeping power to tax. How can Congress be limited in some areas but not others? The Constitution was written specifically to limit the role of the federal government.
Roberts also stated in his opinion that the Obamacare law is in part unconstitutional and in part constitutional. This sounds like a man trying to please both the conservative and the liberal wings of the court, instead of ruling on what is truly constitutional.