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So without further adieu, here are the headlines that resonated with you over the past 12 months.
#10 — Obamacare, The Foreclosure Crisis and The Rule of Law
During the passing of the healthcare law, it seemed that the president assumed that the government had the ability to force people to buy a product from a private company that they did not necessarily want.
The mandate’s survival in the Supreme Court on a much narrower standard apparently leaves the question far from settled.
I felt that there was little, if any, constitutional analysis done by the president and his team when they decided to pass the mandate, except for the fact that they perceived a compelling need for it.
And that’s how the debate over the healthcare law reminded me of the legal debate during the foreclosure crisis.
#9 — Mortgage Interest Deduction Will Be Capped, and That’s (Probably) a Good Thing
The fiscal cliff contains many, many moving parts, which sometimes tend to get lost in a sea of white noise. But behind all the political grandstanding and theatrics, there are real Main Street issues at play.