“We reaffirm that principle today and hold that the president is neither absolutely immune from state criminal subpoenas seeking his private papers nor entitled to a heightened standard of need.”
– John Roberts, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, ruling against President Donald Trump in his ongoing effort to keep private his pre-presidential financial records.
Chief Justice John Roberts went on to state, “In our system, the public has a right to every man’s evidence,” and “since the founding of the Republic, every man has included the President of the United States.”
The 7-2 ruling is a staunch rebuke of Trump’s pathological arrogance in refusing to release all of his financial data; claiming an audit prevents it. Although it’s not law for presidential candidates to release financial documents, such as tax statements, it has been tradition for decades. Trump was the first presidential candidate in modern memory not only unwilling to release such records, but to flat out refuse to do so.
“So can the government require you to buy a cell phone because that would facilitate responding when you need emergency services?”
– Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli in oral arguments last week over the Obama Administration’s health care reform law. The Court is expected to announce its final ruling in June.
Personally, I support Obama on many issues, including the health care effort, but he and the Democratic Party have overstepped their bounds on this one. I only have an issue with the legal requirement that everyone buy health insurance. As someone who’s been unemployed for the better part of a year, I can’t imagine figuring health care into my already stretched budget. I have to wonder how much it would cost me (COBRA would have been a $300 monthly expense) and what the government would do to me if I refused to buy into it. I mean, seriously! What are they going to do? Put me in a time out? I’ve had to deal with workplace politics my entire adult life, now this?