There is much more to say about this morning’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) as a tax, but here’s a quick summary:
Chief Justice Roberts, joined by Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito, held that the individual mandate was not a valid exercise of the Commerce Clause powers of Congress, or of the Necessary & Properly clause, which simply authorizes methods to pursue valid commerce clause powers. Continue reading →
You need someone to tell you that you’re fat. The tight pants, bulging tummy, and double chin aren’t clues enough according to a government panel that today recommended doctors calculate body mass index for each patient and refer overweight patients to weight loss programs.
A few questions come to mind: Why is the government telling doctors how to do their jobs and why do they think overweight people need to be told the obvious? Continue reading →
(Boston) If one can tear oneself away from the alternately hilarious and shameful struggles of Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren to substantiate her elusive Cherokee heritage, there is a related but much more important story regarding race, and that is the obsessive quest of the American Left to persuade their countrymen that they are soon to be part of a “minority dominant” nation with wonderful political consequences flowing therefrom (i.e. a permanent Democratic majority). Continue reading →
There he goes again … our self-absorbed, ego-centric, narcissistic President. He plays the blame game better than anyone, taking no responsibility whatsoever for: his monumental deficit spending; his unprecedented national debt excesses; his expensive and unnecessary auto industry bailout; his appointment of dozens of unaccountable czars; his many other failed initiatives, including his failed fast and furious gun program; and his loose-lipped White House team who don’t understand that national security secrets are just that…they are secrets and they are not to be shared. Continue reading →
(CCU Faculty) State and Church is the question of the hour in this season of life. It is wrong to believe that the concept of the state is pagan in origin and hence alien to the New Testament. Government is a New Testament idea that does not imply any particular form of state or society. Government is ordained by God.
However, I would reject those bases for government which project the state arising out of the character of man Continue reading →
Mitt Romney seems more likely to win the White House as economic woes dog Obama, says John Andrews in the June round of Head On TV debates. Maybe; but both candidates must give us something to vote for, not just against, objects Susan Barnes-Gelt. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over congressional races, year-end tax hikes, the Syrian crisis, and Aurora’s corporate welfare. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997, with sponsorship by Centennial Institute since 2009. Here are all five scripts for June: Continue reading →
The economy is one of the most important environments where Christians interact. It is where they find employment, provision food and shelter, derive savings for the future, create value, serve others, consume goods and services, contribute charity, and apply their imagination. It is the core instrument of civilization progress. God has a lot to say about the economy and Christians should engage in the economy with a Biblical worldview. Ethics and morality are indispensable supports for a sound economy. Christians should be actively engaged in economic policy matters. Continue reading →
(Centennial Fellow) I disagree with what you eat but I will defend to death your right to eat it. Okay, maybe I won’t take a bullet for your food preferences. Let’s hope the food police don’t make breaking their laws a capital crime.
(Denver Post, June 3) The Founders wouldn’t believe it. The Colorado Court of Appeals says the governor may not proclaim an official day of prayer because of a clause in the state constitution prohibiting that “any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.
This novel interpretation would come as a surprise not only to the governors who have issued such proclamations dating back many years, but also to the authors of that very constitution, Continue reading →