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Monday, May 25, 2015

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

The president continues to assert global warming effects that are not factual. 

From the Forbes website: Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat


Quote:

Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Our Unconstitutional Administrative State

What used to be called quasi-judicial agencies have become a rogue government unto themselves, outside the original confines of the Constitution.  These agencies, today typified by the Environmental Protection Agency, make the law, enforce it, and adjudicate disputes arising under their regulations.  This, of course, is in direct conflict with the Constitution’s separation of powers.

The Constitution was crafted with the intent to prevent aggrandizement of political and economic power in one set of hands, relying upon the concept of separation of powers.  Every school child is taught about the separation of powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.  But the most basic of these power separations was between the individual states and the Federal government.

It’s no accident that liberal-progressives, since the beginning of the 20th century, had agitated for diminishing the countervailing powers of the states, a goal greatly furthered by the 17th Amendment that reduced state legislatures’ influence upon members of the Senate.  At the same time, activist presidents - Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson - began creating quasi-judicial regulatory agencies to enhance presidential powers at the expense of Congress.

Read Myron Magnet’s overview of the phenomenon on the City Journal website:

Professor Tribe’s Transgression:  He takes the Constitution seriously.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Baltimore And The Great Society

Baltimore’s riots, looting, burning, and attacks on police and innocent civilians are not unprecedented.  Nor are liberal-progressive prescriptions for dealing with the phenomenon.  It didn’t work then and it won’t work today.