Devil 1: Shutting down the government is smart economics. Devil 2: Shutting down the government is smart politics.
One does grow weary of the whines that the ACA or some other thing is unconstitutional. As the right is very fond of pointing out, the US is not a pure democracy, but a representative republic, in which the Constitution limits the powers of both the people and the government. And by the very terms of that Constitution, it is neither the majority of the people nor any administration who get to decide whether this, that, or the other is constitutional. That power is vested in the Supreme Court. Period. The Constitution means what they say it means. According to the Constitution. So you can oppose their rulings AND oppose the Constitution, but you cannot defend the one and oppose the other. I am not saying the court is infallible. I am saying the Constitution treats the court as infallible. It provides no remedy but a later court. The justices determine the meaning of the Constitution, even when they change their minds! If that doesn’t appeal to you, Thomas Jefferson and others of the Founding Fathers would agree. So whatever else it is, the ACA is constitutional, as are most current gun control laws, and all the rest of it.
April 12, 2017