SCOTUS shoots down the Teabirthers' Lawsuit. Again.
It's a relief of course that the Supreme Court has ruled 6 to 3 AGAINST the umpteenth corporate-financed lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. But this decision was such a no-brainer, how else could they rule?
If six million Americans had had their health insurance yanked away from them because a 5-word phrase in the middle of the 2,000-page Affordable Care Act might, just might, might could mean something slightly different than what was clearly spelled out in that phrase: imagine the ripple effect...
When you pull up to a Stop sign, you can no longer just stop, look to make sure there's no oncoming traffic, and then go. Nope. That was then. From now on, a Stop sign means STOP. That's it. So you pull up, Stop, and then sit there until you receive further instructions.
And pronouns would pretty much disappear from people's conversations. When you say Johnny stubbed his toe, the listener is 99.99% certain that you mean Johnny stubbed Johnny's toe. But you can't assume. From now on, that obvious fact will have to spelled out every time.