Archive for April 10th, 2012

April 10, 2012

US Presidents, the Courts & Conservative Shifts

Well Obama up and stuck his foot in his mouth once again. This past week he dared to criticize the Supreme Court’s authority to overturn the will of elected representatives of Congress. Or did he?

So much uproar has resulted from the President’s response to a question put to him during a press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Mitt Romney responded by questioning Obama’s knowledge of the Court’s history. Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, stated the president’s criticisms were unprecedented, advising the President to “back off”, apparently forgetting his own criticism of a 2003 campaign finance reform decision. And as if to top the whole controversy off, Judge Jerry Smith of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rebuked the administration by assigning homework for the President and Eric Holder to detail out in a 3 page, double-spaced paper their understanding of judicial authority.

Now presidential criticism of the Court is nothing new. From the very beginnings of the  republic, presidents have offered up choice words for Supreme Court decisions the disagreed with.

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April 10, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Clean Air Helps the Economy

Environmental regulation doesn’t kill jobs; it creates them

In December, the Obama administration approved long-overdue environmental regulations requiring U.S. power plants to reduce emissions of mercury, arsenic, and other toxic metals. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or air toxics rule, is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths a year and have many other health benefits. And yet conservative members of Congress oppose it.

Why? Because they say it will “kill jobs.” This is a familiar tactic for politicians opposed to any sort of regulation. Conservatives have been scarily disciplined in appending the job-killing label to all regulations, both old and new.

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