Jane Chastain : Politically Direct

Supreme Court Trades Constitution for Crystal Ball

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Last week’s back-to-back rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage shows just how far we have come from the government established by our founding fathers.  The checks and balances that have held this republic together for more than 200 years are gone!

The Constitution is no longer the instrument by which the legitimacy of all laws are judged.  It has been replaced by a crystal ball, in some cases, a justice’s personal opinion.

Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have publicly displayed their support for gay marriage.   Both have performed same-sex marriage ceremonies while this issue was making its way through the courts, yet ignored judicial precedent by failing to recuse themselves from Obergefell v. Hodges.

This court ruled that the very words in the laws that come under review now can be changed or simply ignored at the whim of a justice.  I offer the opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts in the ruling that upheld Obamacare. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 1st, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Why John Kasich Scares Me Most

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Okay, he’s not officially in the race, and in the early polls he’s near the bottom, but I predict one of the last Republican candidates standing in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination will be Ohio Governor John Kasich.

First and foremost, in the last three decades, with one notable exception, voters have selected a president the way a seven-year-old selects a Barbie doll.  They pick the one with the prettiest face.  That’s why Hillary has undergone a complete makeover.

Republicans desperately want to win this one.  That being the case, this beauty contest favors Marco Rubio or John Kasich.  Both have boyish good looks.  Even though Kasich is 19 years older than the junior senator from Florida, he still has what it takes in looks and personality to charm the voters. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 24th, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Lessons from Denny Hastert (The real Scandal)

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Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert has been indicted for allegedly structuring bank withdrawals of $952,000 to evade bank reporting requirements and then making false statements to federal investigators.

According to various media outlets, quoting unnamed law enforcement sources, this was part of a $3.5 million “hush money” agreement he made in 2010 with a former student over some form of sexual misconduct more than three decades ago.

However, it’s the method Hastert used for the withdrawals and the coverup that landed him in hot water with the Feds, not his actions with the former student.

If these allegations are true, they would be despicable.  Any sexual contact between an adult and a minor is against the law (although it may not be prosecutable due to the statute of limitations).   The wrong would be compounded, whether or not the act was consensual, because, at the time of the alleged incident, Hastert was in a position of power and influence over the student.  People in positions of power are held to a higher standard — or they should be —such as a  doctor and a patient or a president of the United States and an INTERN.   Anyone remember Monica? Read the rest of this entry »

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June 3rd, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Dr. Carson to Emergency. Nation on Life Support!

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“Is there a doctor in the house?”

Once upon a time, that phrase was a common occurrence when there was a medical emergency at a public venue.  Today, most doctors are afraid to treat medical emergencies outside of a hospital for fear of being sued.  Our healthcare system, which represents one-sixth of our economy, is upside down and Obamacare made the situation worse.

This inept president has put our country in the ER and it is doubtful that the USA, with its $18 trillion debt and future obligations that can’t possibly be met, can survive in its present form.  The current condition is not entirely Obama’s fault.  Career politicians from both political parties are to blame for this chronic condition.  However, it is Obama who has pushed us into the critical  care area.    Read the rest of this entry »

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May 27th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

The Clintons’ “Get Rich Quick” Schemes

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When Bill Clinton became president, he had earned a maximum salary of $35,000 as governor of Arkansas and another $5,000 from honorariums from speaking fees.   His wife, Hillary, pulled down $92,000 as a rainmaker at the Rose Law Firm.   Somehow, despite their modest incomes, and her profit sharing at Rose, they managed to accumulate assets greater than $1 million, which was placed in a public trust.

How did they do it?  No one knows for sure.  There was that infamous $100,000 Hillary supposedly made on cattle futures (no political payoff there).
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May 13th, 2015 at 5:30 pm


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