I disagree with Daniel Cotter’s essay i The Des Moines Register urging our U.S. Senators to reject Steven Menashi’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals. (See link below to Register “Your Turn” essay.) What I’ve learned by watching Steven Menashi’s Senate testamony and reading his writings makes me think he would be a very good appellate judge.The fact that the two Democratic Senators from his home state of New York don’t support him should be considered irrelevant, regardless of precedent. The Senate “blue slip” tradition which permitted a Senator from the home state of the nominee to veto the nomination, is the remnant of a good-ol’-boy’s-club attitude that should be discarded.His opponents take his comments out of context and make them appear to have the opposite meaning of his actual position. For example, nine years ago he wrote that it was okay for Israel, a democratic country, to have an official state sanctioned dominant religion. The Left says this means he is a white supremacist. No, he is simply a defender of Israel’s right to exist, and of the right of the people of that nation to decide how they will be self-ruled. He testified before the Senate that the United States is not a country that is based on a single religious or ethnic tradition. He also testified that he values our, “…country’s tradition of tolerance and equality before the law…”So, I ask Senators Grassley and Ernst to support the nomination of Steven Menashi to the U.S. Court of Appeals.
The Des Moines Register recently published an editorial that showed how out-of control Iowa and other states are in giving incentives to businesses to locate in their state. To help reverse this situation, Congress should exercise its Constitutional power to “…regulate commerce… among the several states…” and should limit states’ ability to bribe companies to locate in their state. States should be prohibited from giving custom incentives to specific businesses to locate in their state. They should only be allowed to use schemes that provide uniform incentives to all companies that locate their business or otherwise create new jobs in that state.
Link to Register editorial: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/2018/11/20/amazon-apple-corporate-iowa-workers-education-environment-bribing-business-workforce-jobs-money-tax/2061418002/
The announcement by Senator Grassley, (and other Senate Republican leaders), that the Senate Judiciary Committee would not even hold hearings on President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, before a nominee is even announced, sets a bad precedent. The Senate may have the power to not even consider a nominee, but what is to stop this kind of thing from getting even further out of control? If a Democrat is elected President this November, and the Republicans maintain control of the Senate, will the Senate withhold its consent for four more years in order, “…to protect the will of the American people…”? The Senate would have the power to do that too. And the Democrats would do the same to a Republican President’s nominee just as soon as they got the chance. The Republicans, and Senator Grassely, should hold the hearings and then vote the nominee up or down.
I will respect the ruling of the Supreme Court in upholding the subsidies under Obamacare, but the decision was wrong.
Those who drafted, supported, and voted for Obama care clearly intended to withhold money from those states that did not set up their own state health insurance exchange – just like many other laws that require states to meet certain requirements in order to get federal money. In this case, they intentionally wrote the law to provide subsidies only to people in states who purchased their health insurance through an “exchange established by the state.” It was intended as a carrot or a stick to get the states to comply. Many did not comply, so the strategy backfired.
The job of the Supreme Court is to resolve disputes based on the law, the facts, and the Constitution. It is not the job of the Court to fix mistakes in political strategy. That is what they did, and it was wrong.