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Thursday, March 29, 2012

In Which Antonin Scalia Finally Forfeits His Intellectual Pretensions

Seriously, you can't make this up; Justice Scalia on actually reading the Affordable care act, under review by the Supreme Court (on which, the good Justice might note, he is sits and is paid handsomely to do so):
JUSTICE SCALIA: You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages?
JUSTICE SCALIA: And do you really expect the Court to do that? Or do you expect us to give this function to our law clerks?
JUSTICE SCALIA: Is this not totally unrealistic? That we’re going to go through this enormous bill item by item and decide each one?
Yes, Nino. We expect you to do your job. Sorry; but you will have health care no matter how you rule.

Edited to add: As a great conservative used to hold, the first three steps task in interpreting a statute (necessary to determine if it conflicts with the Constitution) is to "read the statute, Read the Statute, READ THE STATUTE." No more, apparently. How far we've come!


Unknown said...

We have come nowhere. We have drifted in an ocean indifference. We have fallen back to a time of "uncaring".

Life, spirit and soul are precious things. The court has seemed to have forgotten that. They have found their "monetary" and "momentary" god.



Anglocat said...

Ironically, it's the overtly religious members of the Court, too...deep sigh.