Finally we have the networks, which just increased debit interchange to the maximum allowed for small transactions, costing merchants more (Durbin places a cap on debit interchange; networks previously had special low rates for small transactions, part of an effort to lure spending from cash to plastic). Think for a moment about the four-party model, and where it is weak. Whether through shortsightedness or petulance, the networks appear to be giving small and medium sized merchants another reason to seek alternatives to the four-party model. And many new firms are hoping to provide alternatives.
Call the Co-Sponsor of PIPA and let him know where you stand!
His name is Dick Durbin. He is normally AWESOME. I’d argue that he’s the best US Senator we have right now. (He was #2 when Feingold (D-WI) was still in office.) But his stance on PIPA is … bleh. Call him and urge him to drop that horrible piece of legislation!
These are the same Democrats that voted against Condoleezza Rice when she was appointed to be Secretary of State, and second, these are the same Democrats that blocked Miguel Estrada from even getting a vote in United States Senate, a very highly qualified Hispanic candidate for the federal judiciary
Built another block! I’m not sure if the smallest one is staying there, I was thinking of moving it onto the awkward 40x20 lot in the ‘hood (it’s all the way on the left of the street, the 3 shown lots are currently in center/2nd most right and most right), but they look so cute together. I do wish there was less inactive space between the lots though.
This is just sad. And this is a Harvard professor. Not that I should really expect anything better from someone who teaches at Harvard. I don’t think common sense is a prominent thing there.
Sen. Durbin: The point raised by Senator Lee – the “buy your vegetables, eat your vegetables” point? I’d like you ask to comment on that because that is the one I’m hearing most often. By people who are saying “Well, if the government can require me to buy health insurance, can it require me to have a membership in a gym, or eat vegetables?” We’ve heard from Professor Dellinger on that point, would you like to comment?
Prof. Fried: Yes. We hear that quite a lot. It was put by Judge Vinson, and I think it was put by Professor Barnett in terms of eating your vegetables, and for reasons I set out in my testimony, that would be a violation of the 5th and the 14th Amendment, to force you to eat something. But to force you to pay for something? I don’t see why not. It may not be a good idea, but I don’t see why it’s unconstitutional.
I actually like broccoli. One of the few veggies I eat.
But if you think the government has the right to mandate us to buy health insurance than why can’t the government force us to buy veggies, force us to buy a car from general motors or how ever else they chose to run our lives.