Politico reamed when it warns SCOTUS ruling could ‘weaken Washington’s power’ as if that’s a bad thing

A pending Supreme Court ruling has sparked some panic at Politico which sounded a dire warning about how it could be “hobbling the Biden administration’s efforts.”

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a controversial ruling this month—and no, it has nothing to do with Roe v. Wade. Instead, it has to do with climate oversight by the Environmental Protection Agency, and the decision is expected to severely curtail what the agency can do.

But the ruling will impact much more than climate policy. In fact, “its impact could weaken Washington’s power to oversee wide swaths of American life well beyond climate change,” according to Politico.

And this is framed as a bad thing.

“The upcoming decision on the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate oversight offers the conservative justices an opportunity to undermine federal regulations on a host of issues, from drug pricing and financial regulations to net neutrality,” the article states, doubtless provoking heart palpitations in its neurotic target audience.

“Critics of the EPA have clamored for the high court to do just that, by declaring it unlawful for federal agencies to make ‘major’ decisions without clear authorization from Congress,” the piece continues. “The Supreme Court and several Republican-appointed judges have invoked the same principle repeatedly during the past year to strike down a series of Biden administration responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Liberal legal scholars worry that the EPA case could yield an aggressive version of that thinking—unraveling much of the regulatory state as it has existed since the New Deal.”

If that were true, it would be one of the greatest victories for human freedom since the defeat of the Axis Powers in 1945.

“That has implications for other major rules that President Joe Biden’s agencies are writing or defending in court,” the article continues, “including wetlands protections, limits on car and truck pollution, insurance coverage for birth control under Obamacare, and even the Trump administration’s attempts to lower drug prices.”

The article then quotes Lawrence Gostin, a professor of public health law at Georgetown University: “A narrow reading of what the federal agencies can do is going to literally handcuff the federal government from taking action to protect Americans’ health safety and the environment.”

Translation: observing the separation of powers and restricting the authority of the federal government will hamper the undemocratic and extra-constitutional efforts of leftists to refashion the country into something more to their liking.

Only Politico could frame such an obvious victory for “our democracy” as a catastrophe.

Meanwhile, people took to Twitter to express their shock and outrage at the possibility that the federal government might soon have less power to interfere in their lives.

Most of the country will be just fine with Washington having less power to “oversee wide swaths of American life.”

So the only ones panicking about the upcoming SCOTUS ruling are the petty bureaucrats and otherwise mostly unemployable officials who live and work in the D.C. area—just the sort of people who take Politico seriously.


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