Fresh off a Meet The Press appearance, last Sunday, with former Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean, Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal will once again be arguing against President Obama and his healthcare law and in favor of Mitt Romney, but this time on ABC’s This Week. Jindal, this week will be pitted against Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD).
THINGS THAT CAUGHT MY EYE LAST WEEK
WHAT THE HECK DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, confused me (and many others) greatly in rendering his obtuse majority decision upholding the individual mandate in the court's Affordable Care Act decision. Roberts began his majority decision by adamantly proclaiming that the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution could not be used to "compel" commerce by forcing citizens to purchase health insurance against their wills. He then went on to allow the purchase of health insurance to be "compelled" by vesting it in Congress's authority to tax. If compelling commerce in order to regulate it is unconstitutional, what difference does it make if it is blessed by the Commerce Clause or the power to tax?
Today, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is out of the state again. He is on a Romney campaign bus trip shadowing President Obama in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
One commentator noted that it was a “great opportunity” for the Governor to participate in this high profile trip. While it may help satisfy Jindal’s gargantuan political ambitions, it does nothing for the people of Louisiana who pay his salary.
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal made major board, commissions and government authority announcements which include the appointment of Jefferson Parish President John Young to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, appointments of levee districts, port commissions and more.
Here are the listings as of 6:07 pm, Friday July 6:
It’s been awhile since we’ve written about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), but State Rep. Joseph Harrison (R-Gray) has proven himself a more than capable successor to former Rep. Noble Ellington (R-Winnsboro).
ALEC is a national organization comprised of hundreds of state legislators from around the country as well as corporations which fund the bulk of the organization’s expenses. Heading the list of those corporations is Koch Industries.
ALEC’s corporate members write “model legislation” for lawmakers to take back to their states for passage into law. Foremost among those are education reform, prison privatization, Medicaid reform, state employee pension reform and reductions of public services.