Government and Politics

U.S. Supreme Court

This place still matters

I biked to the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28 to observe the crowd outside. The justices had just heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case to decide if state bans on same-sex marriage violate the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. Whatever the court decides, it will be a landmark ruling. The Supreme… Read more →

Not all discretionary spending is discretionary

In the U.S., federal government spending is split into two categories: mandatory spending and discretionary spending. ┬áThese terms are misleading since all mandatory spending can be changed by statute and some discretionary spending is mandated by the Constitution. Mandatory spending, which accounts for about two-thirds of all federal spending, covers federally funded social insurance and welfare programs like Social Security,… Read more →