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The art of self-restraint

randallhsmith1 Wrote: Jul 11, 2012 1:25 PM
By calling it a tax, Justice Roberts also tightened the noose around all of the democrats responsible for Obamacare and left it up to us to kick out the chair. That in itself will be most satisfying. This should be the "Read My Lips...No New Taxes" moment for democrats.
Roy323 Wrote: Jul 11, 2012 7:48 PM
"and left it up to us to us to kick out the chair" may, hopefully, be the most sensible thing I;ve heard relative to this decision! Let us hope the Voters of America UNITE and kick the chair a telling distance!
layopinions Wrote: Jul 11, 2012 3:00 PM
"deferring to the other branches of government... whose leaders are regularly held accountable to it at the polls"

I hope you're right, but all too often our legislators are not held accountable. Also, the system itself is built to reward irresponsibility. Not too many elections are won by legislators who don't bring federal money back to their districts.
Nam65-66 Wrote: Jul 11, 2012 3:47 PM
All you have said is it is the fault of the voters...and you are right.

Granted, it was not the most popular decision ever rendered by a chief justice of the United States. Its immediate result was particularly unpopular with those who over the years had shared his own political loyalties and ideological tendencies.

The chief justice drafted his opinion carefully, methodically, logically, upholding one argument after another against the very conclusion he would finally reach. When he did reach it, many were surprised, quite a few were shocked. He was accused of betraying not just his party's interests but the very logic he'd followed right up to his last change of course.