Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Hypocritical and Dishonest GOP At Work...

WASHINGTON The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination Thursday of Amy Coney Barrett to serve as a Supreme Court justice in a 12-0 vote, with Democrats boycotting the day's proceeding.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., made it clear Wednesday that Democrats had no plans to “grant this process any further legitimacy by participating in a committee markup of this nomination just twelve days before the culmination of an election that is already underway.”

All 10 Democrats on the 22-member committee boycotted the vote and filled their empty seats in the committee room with posters of people who risk losing their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is dismantled. Democrats argued throughout Barrett’s confirmation hearing last week that she would vote with other conservative justices to overturn the 2010 health care law. The high court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case challenging the law on Nov. 10.

Reacting to Democrats' decision not to participate Thursday, Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said, "That was their choice. It will be my choice to vote the nominee out of committee."

Continue reading BELOW the FOLD.

Donald J. Trump and his sycophant GOP in the senate are all hypocritical authoritarians who care NOTHING for the will of the peope in majority. In other words they do NOT deserve your respect or you vote.





(CNN) - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that if he is elected, he will form a bipartisan commission to recommend changes to the Supreme Court.

News of his plan for the commission comes after the candidate has declined in recent weeks to answer whether he would expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court, a proposal that is commonly referred to as "court packing." Following the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, some progressive members of the Democratic Party have floated the idea of expanding the size of the court and adding liberal justices should Biden be elected and Democrats take the majority in the Senate.
"If elected what I will do is I'll put together a national commission of -- bipartisan commission of -- scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal, conservative, and I will ask them to over 180 days come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it's getting out of whack, the way in which it's being handled," Biden said in a one-minute released clip from his "60 Minutes" interview with Norah O'Donnell.
    "And it's not about court packing. There's a number of other things that constitutional scholars have debated and I've looked to see what recommendations that commission might make," he added.
    Biden warned against the Supreme Court turning into a political football.
    The full interview will air on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday.
    The former vice president gave his most direct answer on the issue last week when he signaled that he's "not a fan" of court packing, and he promised last week during an ABC town hall that he will provide a clearer stance before the election.
    "So you'll come out with a clear position before election day?" ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked.
    Biden replied, "Yes. Depending on how they handle this," referring to Senate Republicans.
    As he has avoided directly answering the question, Biden has taken to accusing President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans of court-packing, saying their push to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before the election is an effort to undo the Affordable Care Act.
    "Getting rid of Obamacare is why they are racing to get this nominee through the Supreme Court," Biden said in remarks in Michigan last Friday. "Make no mistake about it, Trump has made it clear from the beginning ... he wants to get rid of Obamacare in its entirety. And with this nominee, he's made that incredibly clear as well."

    Biden putting forth a perfectly sensible, straight forward, and honest  approach at reviewing the SCOTUS and possibly adopting changes that will make it more responsive to present day realities and less prone to political pressures and ideologies.
    It sure as hell is a damn sight better than what the hypocritical, purely idealogically partisan GOP represents.


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