“The Broccoli Question”

In 1990 President George H.W. Bush banned broccoli from Air Force One. ”I do not like broccoli, and I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the…

Should Supreme Court Justices Know Economics?

Just some thoughts today about economics and the Supreme Court. Listening to Tuesday’s oral arguments,  I became concerned about some economic basics. Markets and insurance were key ideas. However, no one defined a market and insurance was initially mischaracterized. In…

Health Care and Commerce

How to define commerce? In 1824, the U.S. Supreme Court was asked to decide if New York State could give a monopoly to a steamboat operator. In his decision, Chief Justice John Marshall rejected the narrow “buying and selling” definition of…

The Supreme Court and the Health-Care Law

How to understand what the Supreme Court will look at when they decide whether parts of the health-care act are constitutional? In an excellent interactive graphic, the Washington Post identifies the issues that Supreme Court will consider: Individual mandate: Requiring…