Displaying unanimous views and questionable political judgment, Republican presidential candidates greeted the Supreme Court's latest ruling upholding Obamacare with yet another vow to "repeal and replace" President Barack Obama's signature achievement.
By Kevin Sullivan, The Washington Post
July 5, 2015 6 a.m.
BASTROP, Texas — The office of the Bastrop County Republican Party is in an old lumber mill on Main Street, with peeling brown paint and a sign out front that captures the party’s feelings about the Obama administration: “WISE UP AMERICA!”
In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention's prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 "language of our Constitution is already undergoing interpretations unknown to its founders." He knew that the purport of the text would evolve "with the changeable meaning of the words composing it."
It was a hot Fourth of July along with the fireworks. Maybe I should have said sweltering instead of hot. I mean, when will this crazy weather end? Some computer models indicate a cool-down by next weekend down into the 70s and low 80s for a while. I'm sure by now everyone could use a few cool days.
By any measure, it doesn't pass the smell test. As Senate Democrats last week blew a $2 billion hole in the just-approved state operating budget, they exposed the seamy underbelly of political gamesmanship, eschewing compromise and negotiation in favor of extortion. The result is a steaming mess for taxpayers.