Friday, June 29, 2012

Congratulations to Stephen Gionta

New Contract

Judge Roberts and Taxes

So let me get this straight.   Judge Roberts' opinion holds that the penalty for violating the individual mandate is not a tax for the purpose of determining whether the Court could rule on its constitutionality before it is enforced (under the Anti-Injunction Act).  But, he indicates that  the penalty is a tax when assessing its constitutionality. 

What am I missing here?   Is it a tax or not?  This is complete nonsense. 

Love This Quote From Former Eagle Ben Smith

Whether it’s helping a group of grade-schoolers to become better hockey players or supporting the Chicago and Rockford communities, it seems that Smith rarely allows himself the opportunity to say “no.”

“It was something they instilled in me at Boston College; there’s a huge emphasis on going out and giving back in the community” Smith says of his alma mater, where he spent four years and helped lead the Eagles to an NCAA title in his senior season. "It’s something that I really enjoyed doing. I could be at home watching T.V. right now, but this is more interesting and fun for me here.”
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is also big enough to take away everything you have" - Thomas Jefferson
“It isn't only that it will raise your taxes.  It's the bigger, the larger argument about expanding government, expanding the debt, expanding spending in a way that is unconscionable to a lot of Americans. That, I think, is going to be the central argument.”
-- Charles Krauthammer
 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Obama Said The Mandate Was Not A Tax

POTUS: "It is not a tax."

Obama Care

From SCOTUS Blog:

In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance.

However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn't comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding. 

Essentially, a majority of the Court has accepted the Administration's backup argument that, as Roberts put it, "the mandate can be regarded as establishing a condition -- not owning health insurance -- that triggers a tax -- the required payment to IRS." Actually, this was the Administration's second backup argument: first argument was Commerce Clause, second was Necessary and Proper Clause, and third was as a tax. The third argument won.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Al Washington - Love This Guy

I got in trouble when I posted Ron Brace's negative comments from Facebook.   Now I am posting Al Washington's positive comments.  I love Al  and he has to be part of the future of BC football.  

Is excited ! Commitment #7! The 2013 Family Here At BC Is Growing! We.All.We.Got!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Call Me Soft But I Feel Bad for Curt Schlling

I am a BC first guy.  Would I choose a BC hockey national championship or a Red Sox World Series win or a Patriots Super Bowl win?   Easy answer for me.  But as a baseball fan, what happened in 2004 was special.   And Curt Schilling was special.   I do not understand why he would put his entire net worth into this project but I like Curt Schilling and hope things turn out well for he and his family.  

http://deadspin.com/5918991?utm_campaign=socialflow_deadspin_twitter&utm_source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Next BC Football Coach?

The last assistant I'll throw out there is in the NFL right now, Greg Roman, the former Stanford staffer. He came close to getting the Vandy job before James Franklin was hired. Roman is very well respected. He's Jim Harbaugh's OC in San Francisco. The New Jersey native might get a long look at a few college places later this year, especially at BC, where Frank Spaziani is in deep trouble.

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/bruce-feldman/19157104/mailbag-coordinators-set-to-become-head-coaches-michigans-prospects-nations-top-wr-group

New Turf At Alumni Stadium