The Americans With No Abilities Act
President Barack Obama and the Democratic Senate are considering sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.
“Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society,” said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. “We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing.”
Yet again an Associated Press story is the muse fo a Parsimony post. I don’t seek out AP stories, but it often seems like their reporting often shows the bias of the mainstream media.
First the headline (with a link to the original story)…
…Now the story
INDIANAPOLIS – After losing their fight against right-to-work legislation, labor organizers are making a desperate bid on shop room floors and at union halls to persuade members to keep paying their union dues and avoid crippling labor’s influence in Indiana [and all across the country although that has been the trend for more than a decade with decreasing membership in the private sector].
In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…
First the headline:
ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers will debate today an increase in the sales tax on alcoholic beverages and how to subsidize troubled horse racing tracks as the General Assembly pushes toward midnight adjournment. [It is extremely interesting that the Maryland elected officials are looking to tax citizen who prefer to imbibe while at the same time give money to (although “subsidize” sounds much better) folks who run another “sin tax” operation leaving little doubt who has better lobbyists.]
Severable is defined as: Capable of being severed or separated; separable into legally distinct rights or obligations, as a contract.
Synonyms: divisive, divisible, separable
What does Judge Roger Vinson think:
“Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void.”
Can you give some examples?
Example 1: When contracts are written, especially lengthy ones, there are many components to that contract. If a conflict occurs between the parties over or an outside person challenges one component of the agreement it puts the remainder of the contract in jeopardy. Attorneys often include a severability clause into the agreement stating that if one part of the agreement is deemed null/void then the rest of the contract shall remain. As an example:
News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…
Brief 1: Pennsylvania’s legislature is earning their money as they consider a ground-breaking piece of legislation. The legislation, described by Rep. Scott Perry, will allow citizens to defend themselves “anywhere you have a lawful right to be…It’s important we are allowed to avail ourselves of our constitutional right to protect ourselves. Right now, the scales are tipped to criminals or perpetrators, and I want to see the scales tipped back to law-abiding citizens.” If they can pass the legislation you you would be able to defend yourself without having to flee first. If this is a “constitutional right” then why do we need a bill to allow it? Perhaps the saddest thing is not so much that we need this legislation, but that our legislature cannot seem to pass it and that Gov. Rendell seems hesitant to sign it into law. Maybe there is a critical vote on Pennsylvania’s state cookie.
News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…
This edition is all about Obama’s bad week though Americans who rely on the mainstream media missed most of the implications.
Brief 1: Obama and his employees Tim Geithner (Treasury Secretary) and Ed Whitacre (Government Motors CEO) were all a tizzy when GM paid back part of their TARP loans…with interest. GM even made a commercial to announce the success of the program. This news of such a government success couldn’t come at a better time for Obama as he looks to take over Wall Street. Unfortunately Sen. Chuck Grassley and some others (including the Inspector General for the TARP program) read the fine print on the alleged payback…with interest. Grassley stated;
A series of events over the past few months have made me consider the logic of third world politics. I am not talking about killing people or imprisoning detractors. That is what happens in places like Cuba, China and Iran. What I am thinking about is the prosecution of the prior ruling party by the new ruling party.
Many of us were abhorred by the possibility that Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, is open to investigating and prosecuting members of the CIA for alleged torture of Islamic terrorists. That sickened me to think that this administration would politicize the folks who have kept us safe for over seven years. This was strike one.
There is going to be a lot written and spoken about the nearly 2,000 page piece of legislation that was hoisted on us yesterday. There are many experts who will evaluate this piece by piece and page by page. Some will love it most will hate it, but there will be huge push to pass this thing. I have a few thoughts as we move forward:
- First of all, kudos to Congress for actually making this available for us to read. It is also nice that the representatives have the opportunity to also read the bill before they vote on it. Even John Conyers may take the time to read this bill.