Monday, November 14, 2011

Sharpen your pitchforks

From the NY Times:
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the 2010 health care overhaul law, President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. The development set the stage for oral arguments by March and a decision in late June, in the midst of the 2012 presidential campaign. The court’s decision to step in had been expected, but Monday’s order answered many questions about just how the case would proceed. Indeed, it offered a roadmap toward a ruling that will help define the legacy of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

My prediction:
Extensive rioting in June of 2012 when the clowns on the Supreme Court strike down the health insurance mandate. This is going to get real ugly very soon.


  1. The striking down of health care almost seemed inevitable as of the day it passed. This Court is extremely motivated, as few have been in our history. Unfortunately, not much one can do except wait for nature to take its course, or possibly until Thomas' extra-curricular flagrancy forces the hand of the Judiciary Committee to recommend impeachment. Congress can also restrict the jurisdiction of the Court, but that wheel is so rusty it's almost square.

    Extensive rioting is another matter, however. Just as it was beginning to seem safe to question our citizens' desire to seriously protest anything, OWS mobilized on a large scale. Let's see how much influence -and staying power- it has. Furthermore, the Court is deified in a way that acts as a major obstacle to popular protest.

    Just a sniff of leadership from Congress is so badly needed these days, but that may be too much to hope for in the short-term.

  2. I think the supreme court has a better chance of upholding the law than striking it down, but I am pretty skeptical of a significant chunk of our citizenry giving enough of a shit to really get angry even if they do. Especially since people aren't such a big fan of this bill to begin with. But I will get my pitchfork sharpener out.