Tag Archives: Commerce Clause

ObamaCare, and Continuing the Conversation

I like to think that some of you enjoy reading this site; to the extent that’s true, please accept my apologies for the prolonged hiatus. I’ve redesigned the site, and re-emphasized small posts, to make site management more sustainable with my new schedule, which includes new responsibilities at the new-ish job, and now a new […]

For Federal Power, Does the Mechanism Matter?

If, come June, the Supreme Court decides to strike down ObamaCare’s individual mandate, they’ll accomplish something almost unique in the Court’s history, but not for the reason you think. We expect the Court to strike down unconstitutional laws; even conservatives agree with that proposition (for now). What we don’t often see is a Supreme Court willing to invalidate a […]

In Partial Defense of David Dow: Maybe Don’t Impeach the Five

On the Daily Beast, Professor David Dow — a brilliant man and storied advocate against the death penalty — argues that President Obama should consider impeaching Supreme Court justices, if the Court votes to invalidate the individual mandate. I respectfully disagree: for one, even if Thomas Jefferson considered the same, Jefferson was a bit of […]

Lochner’s Role in Framing the Individual Mandate

The Volokh Conspiracy and Wall Street Journal both take issue with President Obama’s clarification of yesterday’s remarks, in which he makes clear that he has no issue with judicial review writ large — only with any Supreme Court decision that would review economic legislation with something less than heavy deference. The Journal: The full name […]

The People as Limiting Principle

The Volokh Conspiracy notes Justice Breyer’s aspirational nod to the last, best limiting principle in constitutional law: And, of course, the greatest limiting principle of all, which not too many accept, so I’m not going to emphasize that, is the limiting principle derived from the fact that members of Congress are elected from States and […]

ObamaCare: The Sky Is Not Falling

Around about 1 P.M. yesterday, the world collectively and rather seriously lost its mind. Jeff Toobin took to the air to proclaim the end of ObamaCare, the death of the modern Commerce Clause, and war and confusion generally; InTrade shares on ObamaCare’s death soared to 59%; and Lyle Denniston, who unlike Jeff Toobin has actually argued appellate […]

ObamaCare: the Value of Narrative in Appellate Advocacy

Today begins oral argument in No. 11-398, U.S. Dep’t of Health & Human Services v. Florida, the “ObamaCare” case.  By most counts, this is a case Republicans should expect to lose, probably by a lot. The Supreme Court has never limited congressional power to regulate strictly economic conduct, not even at the high point of Chief Justice Rehnquist’s […]

A New Birth of Freedom

I’ve been thinking about this subject for a while (especially while taking a break from writing over the last few weeks), and as an important one, it seems an altogether fitting topic with which to close 2011. In brief, it’s time for us to reclaim one of the most important words in our political vocabulary. […]

“Obama vs. the Commerce Clause”: an Answer to Richard Epstein

Unlike your average Tea Party “scholar,” who’s managed to convince himself that child labor laws are somehow an ungodly restriction on individual liberty, Professor Richard Epstein is a profoundly intelligent man. Which is why I take his constitutional arguments against ObamaCare deathly seriously. Epstein isn’t one to fantasize about a world where Lochner v. New […]

Reading the Supreme Court’s Grant in the “ObamaCare” Litigation

SCOTUSblog offers full analysis of the Court’s order (PDF) granting certiorari, to which we add only limited points. First, take into consideration the length of the argument — five and a half hours, broken over several days: The allotment of 5 1/2 hours for oral argument appeared to be a modern record; the most recent […]