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Obamacare: why it is constitutional

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A particularly unfortunate victim of constitutional misinterpretation is Section 8.1. This clause states that “Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, ... to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare.” At first sight, this clause would seem, after all, to enumerate both defense and general welfare as legitimate powers under Section 8. But this layman’s interpretation has not been universally accepted. There are two diametrically opposed ways of interpreting Section 8.1.

Obamacare and general welfare in the Constitution

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The union rights of American workers

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Under U.S. and international law, the right of workers to unionize and the right to bargain collectively are recognized as fundamental human rights. This includes the right to strike, even in public service, except in certain defined security situations or occupations, such as policemen, firefighters, ambulance drivers, the military or, as conservative President Ronald Reagan acted on, air traffic controllers.

Politics and the law of defamation

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Anecdotal studies of campaign financing and advertising practices across America suggest the reality of what we have long suspected: In many campaigns, more money is spent, not on promoting the qualities and positions of particular candidates, but rather on attacking and defaming their opponents. Hate and fear are great motivators at the polls, and 2012 promises to be a record year — in dollar volume and in defamation.

The Occupy movement represents real democracy

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The apparently spontaneous and leaderless assembly to Occupy Wall Street that first appeared in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, on Sept. 17, 2011, was initially dismissed by critics as a flash-in-the-pan demonstration by the unwashed who, in their view, should instead go take a bath, and then go out and get a job.  

Occupy movement represents real democracy

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The apparently spontaneous and leaderless assembly to Occupy Wall Street that first appeared in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, on Sept. 17, 2011, was initially dismissed by critics as a flash-in-the-pan demonstration by the unwashed who, in their view, should instead go take a bath, and then go out and get a job.

Thoughts on the 2012 GOP leadership strategy

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As a former Eisenhower Republican who went door-to-door in Manhattan for Ike in both 1952 and 1956, I was pleasantly surprised recently to receive in the mail a “2012 Presidential Leadership Survey” sent by the current Republican National Committee. It is always interesting to know what, if anything, voters are thinking. It provides food for thought.

Time for a global financial transaction tax

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It is gratifying to note the growing support for the idea of a financial transaction tax (like a sales tax) levied on trades of stocks, bonds, derivatives and other financial instruments, with the revenues applied to lessen or eliminate the national debt in the United States and in other debt-ridden countries.

Support comes not only from the 99 percent Occupy Wall Street movement, but also from such likely and unlikely voices as Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, Al Gore, George Soros, Bill Gates, Ralph Nader, Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Time for a global financial transaction tax

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It is gratifying to note the growing support for the idea of a financial transaction tax (like a sales tax) levied on trades of stocks, bonds, derivatives and other financial instruments, with the revenues applied to lessen or eliminate the national debt in the United States and in other debt-ridden countries.

Support comes not only from the 99 percent Occupy Wall Street movement, but also from such likely and unlikely voices as Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, Al Gore, George Soros, Bill Gates, Ralph Nader, Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Is it leveraged buyout or sellout of America?

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The principal rationale for current day Wall Street-style corporate dealmaking, notably private equity investing, leveraged financial buyouts and friendly or hostile takeovers, followed by restructuring and re-sale of target companies, is that these practices, although risky, stimulate the economy, reward enterprise and create jobs. But do they?