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BLAMING OBAMACARE ON CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN MARSHALL – Part 2

By Anthony Hawks The decision in McCulloch v. Maryland was handed down on March 6, 1819, and it did not take long for Marshall’s critics to mount a newspaper campaign denouncing the decision, particularly what they viewed as Marshall’s erroneously … Continue reading

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BLAMING OBAMACARE ON CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN MARSHALL – Part 1

By Anthony W. Hawks During the recent Supreme Court oral arguments on the Obamacare individual mandate, Chief Justice John Marshall was invoked no less than three times: once by Justice Sotomayer to suggest that Marshall’s opinion in Gibbons v. Ogden allowed Congress to … Continue reading

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WHAT A REAL SWORD OF DAMOCLES WOULD LOOK LIKE

By Anthony W. Hawks Why did the deficit reduction super-committee fail? For the same reason that the “Byrd Amendments” mandating a balanced budget failed in 1978, 1980, and 1982. For the same reason that the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings law and its sequestration … Continue reading

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The Balanced Budget Blues Continue

By Anthony W. Hawks The House of Representatives began floor debate yesterday on the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA), which ended in an unsurprising 261-165 defeat this afternoon. (290 votes were needed for the two-thirds vote required by Article V.) As … Continue reading

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The Amash Alternative: Balanced Budget Amendment Blues

By Anthony W. Hawks Among the 18-plus competing balanced budget amendments (BBA) now vying for the House Republican leadership’s endorsement is H.J. Res. 81, sponsored by first-term congressman and Tea Party favorite, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI). What makes this proposal unusual … Continue reading

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