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Supreme Court Chumps

Jun30

By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

It took nine decades for Congress and the states to amend the Constitution to allow for the direct election of U.S. senators.

It took only a few years–and a couple of months before the Supreme Court–for control of congressional redistricting to be taken away from politicians and put directly into the hands of the people.

Of course, there was no formal constitutional amendment in the Arizona redistricting case–just enough votes at the Supreme Court to make it happen without a long, arduous public discussion. (more…)

To Repeal Obamacare, You Need to Replace It

Jun25

By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

The Roberts Court has ruled twice that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. So that debate is pretty much over. The law isn’t going to be thrown out by the judicial branch. The legislative branch better get to work if it wants to see it removed.

You can’t beat something with nothing. If Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, they need to replace it with something that works better, that is easier to understand, and that will lead to better prices and higher quality for consumers. (more…)

The Center Holds on Trade

Jun24

By John Feehery

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Drudge calls it Obamatrade. The Huffington Post claims that the Democrats “caved” on trade.

Ted Cruz voted no, at the last second, blaming the Export Import bank. Seems like everything under the sun can be blamed on Ex-Im bank. Maybe Mr. Cruz will link the bank to climate change next.

Brietbart claims that the trade pact includes secret language on immigration. Elizabeth Warren claims that it includes secret language to repeal Dodd-Frank. (more…)

Nobody is Playing it Straight On Trade

Jun12

By John Feehery

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The President asked Congressional Democrats to play it straight on trade.

But in this debate, it’s hard to find anybody who is playing it straight.

Mr. Obama was asking Democrats to vote for Trade Assistance Authority because he knows that Republicans don’t want to vote for it. (more…)

Why Trade Promotion Bill Is So Hard to Pass Through Congress

Jun11

By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

The Drudge Report calls it Obamatrade.

That’s the right-leaning website’s way to attack and belittle congressional efforts to give President Barack Obama Fast Track trade authority.

Passing trade legislation is always controversial.  One man’s job-creating trade agreement spells the end of another man’s job. (more…)

 

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