Now that the U.S.
Supreme Court has heard arguments on President Barack Obama
care law, justices are expected to render a decision in June.
It will be interesting
to see exactly how that works. Will the court throw out the individual mandate
for people to have health insurance? Or might justices decide to keep parts of
the law or scrap the whole thing?
What might the
political fallout be if justices vote on strict party lines with the five
Republican appointed justices holding a 5-4 majority?
Would that ramp up the
partisan divide within the country more than it already is?
Or might any decision
provide the opportunity for closure on the law and allow Congress to begin to
work in a more bipartisan fashion?
Chief Justice John Roberts
and Justice Anthony
asked tough questions that left supporters of the health
care law believing they may have some hope for the law to remain intact.
One thing for sure is
after the decision is made, there will still be five more months until the
November election. It remains to be seen how important the decision will be to
determine who wins the presidency.
The last time the
spotlight shined this brightly on the Supreme Court was in 2000, when justices
made a decision on the Bush vs. Gore case involving the election in Florida,
and that case had a direct impact on who became president.
U.S. Rep. Steven C.
and a group of bipartisan members of Congress offered a
federal budget alternative that failed to get much traction before it was voted
down Wednesday night.
The proposal aimed to
lower the federal deficit by $4 trillion during the next 10 years. LaTourette,
R-Bainbridge Township, said everything was on the table and the plan would
reduce the deficit through spending cuts and tax reforms.
The House of
Representatives did pass a budget offered by Rep. Paul Ryan
, R-Wis., but
the Democrat-controlled Senate is not expected to consider the legislation.
At some point, Congress
will have to pass a budget because there are issues that need to be dealt with,
such as expiration of the Bush tax cuts, a one-year extension of the Social
Security tax credit and increased spending on programs such as Medicaid,
Medicare and Social Security.
Even though the
LaTourette-backed legislation went down, perhaps it was a way for federal
lawmakers to begin talking about a plan that can be passed?
The Lake County TEA
Party plans a series of candidate forums for the state and county offices for
the Nov. 6 election. The first forum is for Ohio House of Representatives
District 61 and will be held at 7 p.m. April 10 at Harvey High School in
Every two years after
the primary election, the Democratic and Republican parties within the county
meet to reorganize, which basically means they select a party chairman and/or
chairwoman and other officers.
The Lake County Republican
Party will have its meeting at 7 p.m. April 2 at the organization’s
headquarters in downtown Painesville. The Lake County Democratic Party will
meet at 9:30 a.m. April 7 at Bricklayers Hall in Mentor.
The Geauga County
Democratic Party meeting is Monday night with dinner at 6:15 p.m. followed by
the meeting at 7:15 p.m. at party headquarters in Newbury Township. The Geauga
County Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m. April 10 at Munson Township Hall.
Might there be any
changes in top party leadership? For the Lake Democrats, its Chairman Tom Tagliamonte
for the Lake GOP, it’s Dale Fellows
. For the Geauga GOP, it’s Edward Ryder
for the Geauga Democrats, it’s Janet Carson
Fundraiser for Susan McGuinness
candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 61, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
April 16 at Match Works Tavern in Mentor. See Eddy Eckart
or Ray McGuinness
John Arthur Hutchison