So the Court has decided that federal laws against marijuana use trump states' own laws regarding the legality of the drug for medicinal use. They used the Commerce Clause, which is perfectly logical since marijuana grown in-state and consumed in-state has a lot to do with interstate commerce. The decision was 6-3 - even Antonin Scalia, who usually tries his damnedest to work the phrases "states' rights" and "federalism" into his opinions, sided with the immoral majority here. (It's worth noting that this is the only time I know of where Scalia and Thomas disagreed.) Apparently, Scalia doesn't mind when states invade someone's bedroom, but when states try to let desperately ill people smoke up, he draws the line. So much for any inkling of consistency that existed in Scalia's nonexistent judicial "philosophy" - he just proved himself a mindless pawn of the far right.
What bothers me about this decision is that the Court has gotten into the business of taking away rights. Rehnquist and other conservatives have held that states should decide what rights their citizens have, and not the federal government. Liberals generally say that if states overstep their bounds in restricting rights, the Court can step in and tell them to stop. But never has a Court held that a state had overstepped its bounds in protecting rights. That's scary. (ConLaw scholars out there - you know who you are - feel free to contradict me on this point.)
On to other things:
The New York Times has shown that under the Bush tax cuts, someone making $50,000 a year will be taxed at the same rate as someone making $87,000,000 a year. Never mind that most of that $50,000 a year will go to necessities like food and shelter and the like. I guess most of that $87,000,000 a year will go to necessities too. Like yachts.
A Post poll has shown that Bush has completely ignored the issues that people care about. You mean no one cared about judicial filibusters? I'm shocked! Shocked!