SCOTUS and the ACA, Juneteenth, The Fed & Inflation, Religious Freedom

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Mike and Jay this week as the ACA Supreme Court trilogy reaches its thrilling conclusion. As often is the case, the sequels just aren’t as good and the Court dismisses for lack of standing. Jay and Mike talk about standing severability and a mandate that really looks unconstitutional but is as toothless as that Abominable Snow Monster at the end of Rudolf. Then — Happy Juneteenth! Mike and Jay agree that our new holiday is good one and discuss why.  Next, disco may be dead, but 70s style inflation may be making a comeback. Are the Feds expected rate hikes a drag or just groovy enough for the economy to keep on truckin’?  And finally, its back to the Supreme Court where Justice Alito’s had a busy week. Religious liberty wins 9-0, but is the Court ducking the question on the free exercise clause?

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Biden in Europe, Infrastructure, Inflation, January 6 Senate Committee Reports

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This week Trey and Ken talk about Biden on his overseas visit. What is to be gained and what are the optics? Next the pair talk about the future of Biden’s agenda. Does Congressional theater work? Should it work? Have standards been applied evenly to both parties? Then it’s off to inflation where Trey argues government spending is leading to unhealthy levels of inflation while Ken argues things are fine as is. Finally the two look at the outcome from the Senate’s investigation into the January 6 insurrection.

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Texas’ Voting Law, Assaults on Democracy, Labor Market

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This week Mike and Jay ignore all advice to the contrary and mess with Texas. Is Texas’ new proposed voting law really an “assault on democracy” or just some marginal policy changes?  And is walking out on a vote any way to do your job? Speaking of doing your job, why is it so hard to find good (or any) help these days? Mike laments the unfulfilling nature of so many occupations in our post-capitalist moment while  Jay says, “Get a damn job.”

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Jay’s Recommendation
Farnsworth’s Classical English Style. Ward Farnsworth

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