During the last day of Supreme Court hearings about the Affordable Care Act, the justices covered whether or not the entire law could stand if the individual mandate was struck down and the law’s expansion of Medicaid. But Justice Antonin Scalia seemed surprised that someone would have expected the justices to read the text of the health care reform law before the hearings:
JUSTICE SCALIA: Mr. Kneedler, what happened to the Eighth Amendment? You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages? (Laughter.) And do you really expect the Court to do that? Or do you expect us to — to give this function to our law clerks? Is this not totally unrealistic? That we are going to go through this enormous bill item by item and decide each one?
I was stunned by this statement, too. If you get an extremely prestigious job with very high pay for life, plus tremendous benefits, shouldn’t you also be expected to do the work that comes with the honor? Apparently, Justice Scalia thinks not.
Unlike Mitt Romney, I don’t like firing people. But Scalia deserves to be fired, instead of being paid for not thinking or doing his homework.