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President Obama's Worst Decision
The Appointment of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court


By Scott Rohter 

"We have more laws on the books then we have libraries to contain them all.
Yet we keep making more of them."
- Scott Rohter

Barack Obama has undoubtedly made many bad decisions since he became President in 2008. Just to mention a few of the most notable ones, there was his decision to sign the T.A.R.P. and the Stimulus. There is an old adage that says that a rose by any other name smells just as sweet. In the case of the twin bank bailouts it smells just as rotten.  All the billions of taxpayer dollars that were inappropriately transferred to a handful of privileged corporations and New York financial institutions who were considered by some to be "too big to fail" was a bad decision. The American people responded appropriately with the correct amount of disgust and disapproval.

Next there was the government take-over of G.M. which was arguably another bad decision that President Obama made, primarily because of the bad precedent that it set.  Then there was ObamaCare which is the first step in the eventual nationalization of our health care and health insurance industries. It came with government imposed mandates on every individual to purchase a health insurance policy or be in violation of the law.  No longer will self employed persons, and un-employed or under-employed individuals be allowed to decide for themselves if and when they purchase health insurance. They won't be able to legally pay for a doctor's services out of their own pocket, or for the medical care they receive either.  We will all be ordered to maintain the required health insurance coverage, and the doctor won't be allowed to accept money directly from his patients. That might be great if you happen to own an insurance company like Warren Buffet does, but for most of us this is just another vast transfer of money from millions of financially strapped Americans into the open arms of the same or nearly identical financially elite establishment that previously received the bailouts.  If we don't purchase the required health insurance coverage then we will be fined i.e. forced to pay a "tax" determined by the government. While the first year this penalty might be minimal, in the succeeding years it becomes progressively more severe.

In my own life, I know that the only reason I have managed to save any money at all is because I chose not to purchase health insurance. Between the ages of 25 and 65 years old, based on a monthly average premium of $400 per month, the cost to maintain the required health insurance coverage comes to about $192,000.  If you consider what you could earn on an annual investment of about $5,000 a year over that same period of time, that $192,000  could easily be worth as much as $500,000.  That's quite a little nest egg for your retirement or to put into a health savings account that you may never even have to use.  But all of this potential personal wealth was confiscated by President Obama with the passage of his"historic" health care legislation called the Affordable Care Act. I think it's more "hysterical" than "historic".

We are the last generation of Americans who will be able to save money like this by not buying health insurance unless this legislation is repealed. No longer will Americans be able to choose whether or not to buy health insurance. They will not be able to legally pay for medical care out of their own pocket either.  If they were fortunate and if they remained healthy they could have saved as much as $500,000 over their lifetime and they could have added that money to their retirement or left it to their children as an inheritance, but instead all of that money will be paid to big insurance companies to maintain the government required insurance coverage. About $500,000 from each and every American has just been transferred to the good hands of "too big to fail" insurance companies in the form of individual mandates required by the government.  For all of you pro choice progressives here is just one less choice that you have. You don't have a choice whether or not to buy health insurance, and you can thank your "dear leader" and your decidedly UnDemocratic Party for that.  What most Americans really want is affordable health care, not an insurance policy. Maybe they would just like a policy that insures them against the major catastrophes

Next on my list of President Obama's bad decisions was his dismal failure to stop the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deep Water Horizon, or to do anything to help B.P. expedite the containment or the cleanup for 45 days after the oil well blew up.

Global warming, Cap and Trade, the ending of "Don't Ask - Don't Tell" in the military, our foreign policy toward Iran, the Middle East, and Afghanistan, and the N.S.A's spying on our allies...  I could go on and on listing all of the President's bad decisions, but the title of this editorial is "President Obama’s worst decision".

In 2010 the Obama Administration made its worst decision. It was a decision that will be felt by Americans for many years to come, long after President Obama is gone.  It might be a decision that we cannot recover from. It is the appointment of Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

By what standard of legal mediocrity are we now selecting candidates and nominating them to serve on the highest court in the land?  Elena Kagan hasn't even adjudicated so much as a simple traffic ticket in her entire legal career!  She has not sat on any bench in any court, or heard a single case in any jurisdiction in the land, in order to prepare her for this highest of all judicial appointments.

Furthermore, Elena Kagan's appointment as a stealth candidate is even worse than George Bush's appointment of Harriet Meyers who also did not have much of a paper trail, and whose nomination created such a fire storm of controversy that it was subsequently withdrawn. We will regret letting this radical leftist progressive sit on the Supreme Court and legislate her progressive agenda from the bench.  Elena Kagan is not fit to serve as a Supreme Court Associate Justice.   Let her first gain some experience as a judge in a Federal District Court if she aspires to be a judge, or at least in some county Circuit Court and let her prove herself to be a capable jurist first.  But then again there is no proof that she has ever wanted to be a judge by virtue of  the fact that she has never been a judge before.  Now suddenly she expects to be appointed to the highest court in the land judging landmark cases and setting legal precedent for every other court in the land.  There is a word for that kind of nerve.  It is called chutzpah!

The appointment of Elena Kagan is an insult to all good judges everywhere who actually take their profession seriously. Look at it this way. Would you even think of picking a surgeon to perform the most complex surgical procedure such as a heart and lung transplant if they had never performed a single operation before?  Elena Kagan is that kind of a legal surgeon who has never operated before. She is definitely not qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice. The man who appointed her is definitely not qualified to be our President by virtue of the fact that he appointed her. Isn't that becoming increasingly obvious to everyone because of all of the other bad decisions he has made as well?  As a result of Elena Kagan's appointment to the Supreme Court, we will surely continue to suffer more bad decisions coming from the Obama Administration during the months and years to come.


"A journalist has no better friend than the truth." - Scott Rohter

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