President Obama's Worst Decision
The Appointment of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court
By Scott Rohter
"We have more codes, ordinances and statutes on the books then we have libraries to contain them all
and yet we keep making more." - Scott Rohter
Arguably there have been many bad decisions that Barack Obama has made since he became President in 2008. Just to mention a few notables, there were the twin bank bailouts, (T.A.R.P., and Stimulus). There is an old adage that says "a rose by any other name smells just as sweet" or in this case just as rotten. All the billions of taxpayer dollars that were transferred to a handful of privileged corporations and New York financial institutions that were considered by the Obama Administration to be "too big to fail" was arguably a bad decision, and the American people responded accordingly with overwhelming disapproval and disgust.
Next, there was the government take-over of G.M.; another arguably bad decision. Then there was Obama Care - the first step in the nationalization of our health care and insurance industries, with government imposed mandates on every individual to purchase a health insurance policy. No longer will self employed and un or underemployed individuals be allowed to decide for themselves if or even when they purchase health insurance, or to legally pay a doctor out of pocket for medical care they receive. We will all be required to maintain the necessary health insurance coverage. This is another vast transfer of money from average Americans into the open arms of the "Financial Establishment". If we don't purchase the required health insurance coverage we will all be fined by the government.
I know that in my own life, the only reason I have any savings at all is because I have chosen not to purchase health insurance coverage. 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 insurance coverage comes to $192,000. If you also consider what you could earn on an annual investment of about $5,000 a year over a period of 40 years, that $192,000 could easily be as much as $500,000! That's quite a little nest egg for the average American to retire on or to put into a health savings account. But this individual wealth was all confiscated by President Obama with the passage of his "historical" health care legislation. I think it's more "hysterical" than "historical"!
We are the last generation of Americans who will ever be allowed to accumulate wealth by saving in this way, unless this legislation is repealed! No longer will any American be able to choose whether or not to buy health insurance, nor will they be able to legally pay for medical care out of their own pocket anymore. If they were fortunate and remained healthy they could have saved as much as $500,000 over their lifetime and left that money to their children for an inheritance, but instead that money will now be paid to insurance companies to maintain the government mandated insurance coverage. Yes that's right $500,000 just transferred from every American born after 1994 and given into the open hands of "too big to fail" insurance companies in the form of individual mandates. For all of you pro choice progressives here is one more choice that you don’t have anymore, i.e. the choice whether or not to buy health insurance. 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, or maybe just a policy that insures them against catastrophic loss.
Next on my list of bad decisions is the President’s dismal failure to stop the oil leaking in the Gulf of Mexico, or to even do anything to help B.P. with the cleanup during the first 45 days after the oil well blew up.
Global warming, Cap and Trade, the ending of "Don't Ask - Don't Tell", our foreign policy toward Iran, the Middle East and Afghanistan …, I could go on and on listing all of the President's other bad decisions, but the title of this editorial is "President Obama’s Worst Decision".
This week the Obama Administration is poised to make its worst decision yet, one that will be felt by Americans for over 40 years, long after President Obama has gone. It may be a decision that we will never recover from. It is the appointment of Elena Kagan as an Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court.
By what standard of mediocrity are we now selecting candidates for nomination to the highest court in the land? I mean give me a break! She 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, in any jurisdiction in the land, in order to prepare her for this high appointment.
Furthermore, she is a stealth candidate worse than Harriet Meyers, who also had no "paper trail", whom George W. Bush appointed during his second term, and whose nomination created such a fire storm of controversy that it was subsequently withdrawn. That is precisely what we need to do again. We need to create such a fire storm of opposition that Barack Obama has no choice but to withdraw the nomination of Elena Kagan in favor of a more centrist candidate, and one with prior judicial experience. We cannot afford to let this radical leftist progressive sit on the Supreme Court and adjudicate her progressive agenda upon the nation for 40 years or even 40 days! 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 first. But then again there is no proof that she has ever wanted to be a judge before, at least until now, by virtue of the fact that she has never been a judge before. And now, suddenly, she expects to be appointed to the highest court in the land judging cases and setting precedent as the final arbiter. There is a word for this kind of nerve. It is called chutzpah!
The appointment of Elena Kagan is an insult to 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 who has never even operated before? Elena Kagan is that surgeon who has never operated before! She is definitely not qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, and Barack Obama is definitely not qualified to be our President by virtue of the fact that he appointed her! Isn't that increasingly becoming obvious to everyone because of all of his other bad decisions as well? If Elena Kagan's appointment is approved, we will surely continue to suffer more bad decisions coming from the Obama Administration during the next 40 years or more. I have only one more word to say: FILIBUSTER!
"A journalist has no better friend than the truth." - Scott Rohter