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  •  Nothing puzzling about it. (4+ / 0-)
    It is my guess that most people are puzzled by the idea that a person's philosophy would influence his/her ruling on the law.
    A vague and obsolete constitution -- and the ability to purchase legislation -- creates a breeding ground for judicial activism that can interpret the quaint 18th century notions any way that suits the Corporations.
    •  Many people also have no idea what a corporation (2+ / 0-)
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      is. They don't realize, for example, that their town, county and state are all corporations. Nor do they realize that private corporations are chartered by states and that only a few are beholden to Congress for their existence. Congress may regulate them under the commerce clause, but only if they do business interstate. Insurance providers are also regulated by states, which are not keen to give up their authority. Which is why we don't have Medicare for All -- yet.

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      by hannah on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 04:46:57 PM PST

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      •  Good perspective. (0+ / 0-)

        I couldn't quite make this leap, however:

        Which is why we don't have Medicare for All -- yet.
        •  Both the insurance companies and the states that (1+ / 0-)
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          regulate them (in the traditional sense of making enterprise regular, predictable and profitable) were/are reluctant to surrender the middleman role to the federal or union forces. I expect, if the feds had promised to fund medical care for the poor indefinitely, instead of just three years, acceptance would have been greater. Congress hewing to the fiction that dollars are scarce and likely to run out raised warning flags and sceptical people were unwilling to subordinate themselves to new "strings" in exchange for a short-term promise of assistance.
          From Congress' perspective, the "mandate" is a real problem, but not in the sense they claim. Mandated programs set up to operate automatically are a problem for Congress, first because they resent mandates and obligations placed on them and secondly because they know from experience that self-funding programs deprive them of the opportunity to extort votes from the electorate for themselves.
          Our ruling elites are in danger of turning into public servants, if they relinquish the purse strings any more.

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          by hannah on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 04:13:19 AM PST

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