Elena Kagan: The Justice Who Knew Too Much

In this interview, Michael Ostrolenk speaks with Carrie Severino, Policy Director of the Judicial Crisis Network, about their new report: “Elena Kagan: The Justice Who Knew Too Much.

Ms. Severino was previously a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and to Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, of Duke University, and holds a Master’s degree in Linguistics from Michigan State University.

The report begins:

“At least eight of the Supreme Court’s nine members will soon decide whether to review the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”). The only question is whether Elena Kagan, the Court’s most junior Justice, will also pass judgment on President Obama’s signature law or recuse herself because of her role in defending PPACA’s constitutionality as President Obama’s Solicitor General.

As President Obama’s top advocate, Kagan headed the office responsible for formulating the Administration’s defense of PPACA—and oversaw the arguments both on appeal and in the lower courts because of PPACA’s national importance. The President is now asking her to adopt the very same positions her office helped craft for him on this matter, but this time, as a Supreme Court Justice. Her jump from advocate to judge on the same issue raises profound questions about the propriety of her continued participation in the case. Moreover, the legitimacy of any decision where she is in the majority or plurality would be instantly suspect if she chooses not to recuse herself.”

CLICK Here to read the entire report. Ms. Severino also frequently contributes on legal matters at National Review Online.

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ObamaCare, Corporate Welfare, & Revolving Door Lobbying

President Obama fashions himself a scourge on special interests, yet the corporate and union lobby influence is ubiquitous in his “hallmark” legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  In this podcast with Michael Ostrolenk, Timothy P. Carney, formerly of Human Events [amazon-product align=”right” small=”1″]0471789070[/amazon-product] [amazon-product align=”right” small=”1″]1596986123[/amazon-product] and protege to the legendary journalist Bob Novak, and now Senior Political Columnist for the Washington Examiner, exposes the features written into ObamaCare to benefit the well-connected special interests at the expense of American citizens as a whole. Drug company and big insurance lobbyists “at the table” extracted corporate welfare trophies like limits on HSA drug purchases to prescription, rather than over-the-counter, drugs, expanded Medicare prescription drug subsidies, and not to mention the individual mandate to buy health insurance.   And now that the bill has become law, the Congressional staffers that wrote the bill have fled their government jobs for the  “Great Health Care Cash-out”  to lobby for corporate-friendly implementation regulations of the provisions of the PPACA.  Listen to learn more about the shocking truths about how big government and special interests are colluding to control the agenda in DC for the benefit of both parties and the detriment of our liberties.

End the Mandate: legislative efforts to end ObamaCare

Forcing every American to obtain a congressionally-approved health insurance plan is not just unconstitutional; it is a violation of the basic freedom to make our own decisions regarding how best to meet the health care need of ourselves and our families.   At both the state and federal levels, energetic citizens are working on innovative legislative solutions to repeal and invalidate the PPACA and restore our individual liberty.  In this podcast, Matt Hawes, VP of Programs at the Campaign for Liberty, updates Michael Ostrolenk about on going efforts including the End the Mandate Act, state nullification, and push back against the patient privacy intrusions. Listen to learn about what’s happening and how you can help.  In addition, click here to read the 2-sentence End the Mandate Act  and ask your Congressman to support it.  The bill, introduced as H.R. 4995 last year, will be reintroduced this year.

Update on Constitutional challenges to the ObamaCare individual mandate

There are over 20 active lawsuits, including one filed by AAPS, challenging the PPACA. In this podcast, Michael Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional scholar and best selling author Ken Klukowski about what’s next in the Florida and Virginia Constitutional challenges against the individual mandate to purchase government approved health insurance.  They also discuss the inevitable U.S. Supreme Court review of ObamaCare and implications of the acts lack of a severability clause. In addition to authoring an amicus brief quoted in the Florida decision of Judge Roger Vinson, Mr. Klukowski wrote briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme court in two recent 2nd Amendment cases, D.C. vs. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago.  Michael and Mr. Klukowski touch briefly on future court action to further strengthen individuals’ rights to keep and bear arms. See more of Mr. Klukowski’s writings at Townhall.com.

What will ObamaCare and other exorbitant government spending do to our dollar?

With the growing list of bailouts and stimulus packages (not to mention Obamacare, and U.S. troop presence in over 200 countries), multi-billion and even trillion dollar expenditures by our Federal Government have become a common occurrence. Where is the money coming from?  A major source is the seemingly never-ending supply of dollars from the Federal Reserve and many predict that this setting up an untenable future for the value of the dollar.  In this podcast, James Wilson of Downsize DC speaks with Michael Ostrolenk about what value-backed competing currencies might emerge in the event the public loses faith in fiat money.

Transpartisan Opposition to ObamaCare

Michael Ostrolenk speaks with progressive blogger Jane Hamsher of www.FireDogLake.com about the opposition from across the political spectrum to the so called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. One of the main components of PPACA these groups object to is the mandate forcing individuals to buy health insurance from private coroporations – health insurance that they may not want and may not cover care they will need. In this short conversation Michael and Ms. Hamsher look at the resasons, some similar some not, folks from all political points of view dislike this provision.  They also discuss the implications that the unpopular new health care law has for the upcoming elections.

What is hidden in ObamaCare?

What is hidden in ObamaCare?  Even Nancy Pelosi admitted to the unknown consequences of the bill when she said, ”we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

To help us (and Nancy) find out what is in ObamaCare, Sally Pipes, President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, read the greater than 2,000 pages of the legislation passed in March.  She published the findings in her new book, The Truth About ObamaCare.

AAPS Government Affairs Counsel Michael Ostrolenk interviewed Ms. Pipes, this past Wednesday, about her book as well as true free-market solutions that would re-empower patients to make their own health care decisions.

Tax Implications of ObamaCare

Ryan Ellis, Tax Policy Director of Americans for Tax Reform, discusses the 19 tax-increases and new taxes created by the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Despite President Obama’s pledge to not increase taxes for families making less than 250k per year, they are affected by 7 of the taxes increased or created by ObamaCare.