The Constitution specifically forbids the spending of any money from the Treasury of the United States unless the expenditure is authorized by a law passed by Congress. Congress has never authorized any Obamacare subsides, and a federal court has ruled them unconstitutional. President Trump has ordered that no further unconstitutional payments be made. The whining by the Democrats in Congress and with media bylines is interesting to watch.
The President sure is unpredictable. Why, the next thing you know, the President might do something like start acting as if treaties have to be ratified by the Senate.
It’s been proposed that Andrew Jackson should be replaced on the $20 bill by Harriet Tubman. One mock up floating around the Interwebz emphasizes that she was a gun-toting Republican.While putting her on the Twenty was proposed by a Democrat administration, making the change would cause an interesting political imbalance in our currency. It would remove the only Democrat from the commonly circulating bills. Jefferson would still be on the Two, but $2 bills aren’t all that common. Washington (One), Hamilton (Ten), and Franklin (Hundred) were Federalists, and Lincoln (Five) and Grant (Fifty) were Republicans.
Works for me.
It seems that Hogewash! isn’t the only website publishing news about Brett Kimberlin these days—
There’s a report out saying that angst about President Trump’s election commission is causing Democrats in Colorado to deregister themselves. This could become a significant logistical issue for Colorado Democrats, but they should be able to get some advice from Chicago where the unregistered voter problem was solved decades ago.
I had the role of Marc Antony in that play once upon a time. His speech that struck me most wasn’t the funeral oration. It was his soliloquy earlier in Act III. It begins:
O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers …
Antony goes on to predict
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife …
I truly hope that the extremist Democrats are less successful in stirring up resistance today than the extremist Democrats were in 1861.
John Hinderacker examines that question over at PowerLine. Commenting on coverage by NBC, he writes—
The view that the Democrats’ problem is that they haven’t moved far enough to the Left is not widely held among objective observers, but it apparently seems plausible to NBC. Watch for the Democrats’ downhill slide to continue.
Continuing to do the same thing expecting a different result, huh?
Read the whole thing.
… as if thousands of journalists cried out in despair. Victor Davis Hanson writes about hubris, Nemesis, and the press/Democrats-with-bylines over at NRO.
The classical idea of a divine Nemesis (“reckoning” or “downfall”) that brings unforeseen retribution for hubris (insolence and arrogance) was a recognition that there are certain laws of the universe that operated independently of human concerns. Call Nemesis a goddess. But it was also simply an empirical observation about collective and predictable human behavior: Excess invites unexpected correction. Something like hubris incurring Nemesis is now following the frenzied progressive effort to nullify the Trump presidency.
Trump may be impulsive and imprecise, and his progressive opposition may be calculating and exact, but VDH notes that
Each time Trump impulsively raises controversial issues in sloppy fashion, the news cycle follows and confirms the essence of Trump’s otherwise rash warnings.
The next four years will be interesting