Smart Links 30 June 2012
Commentary on the Chief Justice’s decision, good news from Europe, and Jeff Simpson is tired of the state debate.
Did Obama win the battle but lose the war?
Real Clear Politics -- The Chief Justice's Gambit
In 1803, the chief justice of the United States had a problem.
Washington Times -- WOLF: Only the voters can save America now
Washington has broken with concept of self-governance.
And the shame of it.
National Post -- A Canadian perspective on America’s ideological civil war over health care
To Canadian eyes, America’s ideological war over health policy — which came to a climax in today’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court victory for Obamacare — can appear bizarre.
Quote worth noting.
“Can Americans still afford to entertain 18th-century political reveries when 50-million of their countrymen lack health insurance in the world of 2012?”
Now it is up to the voters.
Economist -- A clean bill of health
JUNE 28th was a day of reckoning for the most important law of Barack Obama’s presidency, and for the president himself.
Meanwhile back in Europe.
Financial Times -- Europe agrees crisis-fighting measures
Eurozone leaders agreed to radically restructure Spain’s €100bn bank recapitalisation plan during all-night talks at an EU summit that ended in the early hours of Friday.
Is there another way to frame this debate? (ed’s note – yes, twinning the virtues of inequality of outcomes and equality of opportunity by recognising that the state has a vital bridging role).
Globe and Mail -- The debate over the state is getting stale
The 2008 recession remains with us, economically and politically.
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