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The college of surgeons says that Obama got it wrong

A woman's right to choose (Justus Kenedy demonstrates that he does not know how to be a Doctor)

Peaceful protest at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O3YBfdAMgEEvan Bayh's]] office

Take a pain pill

In 2003, Hillary Clinton screeched "I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration."


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Star Letter to the editor ~ Defending the Constitution ~ My blog


Senators-elect must swear or affirm to support and defend the Constitution. As military enlistees, millions of committed Americans have taken a similar oath.

My concern is that Senator Obama's "broader view" can twist the meaning and then justify something differing from the Constitution's original public meaning. In an article published in Human Life Review, he says as much: "I think the Constitution can be interpreted in so many ways." In that statement, he gives himself leeway to take liberties with America's founding document. Deviations from the Constitutions' text could greatly favor special interest groups while limiting citizens rights.

McCain? pledges to appoint judges who believe in the "original intent" of the Constitution.

As one of the millions who have sworn to support and defend the Constitution with my life, I find myself unable to give Obama my vote.


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Judicial Appointments: What's on Tap from Obama or McCain?
That cavalier attitude toward government powers can lead directly to the same attitude toward individual rights. "If powers can be expanded with impunity, so too can rights be contracted," observes Cato Institute constitutional scholar Roger Pilon. "In fact," he continues, "a 'living constitution,' interpreted to maximize political discretion, can be worse than no constitution at all, because it preserves the patina of constitutional legitimacy while unleashing the political forces that a constitution is meant to restrain."

Let's start with McCain?: He has pledged to nominate judges like Bush's two appointees, John Roberts and Samuel Alito, who "understand that there are clear limits to the scope of judicial power, and clear limits to the scope of federal power." So far, so good. No reasonable person would deny that limited federal government and separation of powers were two of the Framers' foundational principles.

But McCain? plans to employ two guideposts that may be incompatible with his professed goal to rein in federal power. First, he expects to appoint "strict constructionists"; second, they must believe in "original intent." Perhaps McCain? meant to say he'll appoint "originalists"; but that's not what he said, and terminology is important. --

July 2007, the major Democratic presidential candidates were invited to speak before the political arm of Planned Parenthood—the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

I taught constitutional law for ten years... I think tbe Constitution can be interpreted in so many ways. And one way is a cramped and narrow way in which the Constitution and tbe courts essentially become the rubber stamps of the powerful in society. - Barack Obama

So we subsidize women who don't have health insurance or can't afford health insurance at affordable low group rates. We also subsidize those who prefer to stay in the private insurance market except that insurers are going to have to abide by the same rules in terms of providing comprehensive care, including reproductive care and mental-health, mental-care services and they won't be able to keep people out as a consequence of pre-existing conditions. - Barack Obama

Obama & Clinton Talk about Abortion - Laura Echevarria Human Life Review; Spring 2008, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p14-21, 8p


Healthcare

Obama's constitutional activism is particularly evident on the touchstone issue of Roe v. Wade. Obama calls abortion "one of the most fundamental rights we possess" and promises to "make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as president."

Obama purports to be "not unsympathetic to Justice Antonin Scalia's position" that the "original understanding [of the Constitution] must be followed," but he won't even present Scalia's views accurately.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/014/849oyckg.asp?pg=2

Barack in Asheville, NC: "Putting the health of our families before the profits of our insurance companies" by Amanda Scott Sunday, October 05, 2008 at 02:03 PM

Obama would establish a "play or pay" system under which employers would be required to provide their workers with health insurance or pay a payroll tax to fund government-provided insurance. There are two big problems with this approach. First, it flies in the face of basic economics. The amount of compensation a worker receives is a function of his productivity, and an employer is indifferent as to whether that compensation is in the form of wages, taxes, health insurance, or other benefits. Such a mandate simply increases the cost of hiring workers without increasing their productivity. Employers will therefore have to find ways to offset the added costs. This they can do by raising prices, lowering wages or reducing future wage increases, reducing other benefits such as pensions, or hiring fewer workers. Almost certainly, employees will be the net losers under such a mandate, with the low-skilled suffering most.

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=8266


National Debt

According to the Congressional Budget Office, unless spending is brought under control, the federal government will eventually consume as much as 35% of our GDP. Paying for a government that size would require raising both the corporate tax rate and top income tax rate from their current 35% to 88%, the current 25% tax rate for middle-income workers to 63%, and the 10% tax bracket for low-income workers to 25%. The impact on workers, businesses and the economy at large would be catastrophic.

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=9616


Second Ammendment

Good legal scholarship was absolutely crucial to this outcome. No justice is capable of producing the historical research and analysis upon which Justice Scalia relied. Brilliant as it was in its execution, his opinion rested on the work of many scholars of the Second Amendment, as I am sure he would be the first to acknowledge.

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=9512


Race

So it turns out that blacks and whites are not morally equal. Blacks have been justifiably angry; whites have been resentful (i.e. not justifiably angry). Yet Obama does not simply condemn whites even though they have been fooled, because he believes whites can become angry rather than resentful.

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=9289

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