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As most of you know by now, Judge Derrick Watson from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has blocked President Trump’s second attempt at temporarily banning Muslim immigration from six specific countries. This comes on the heels of Judge Robarts block-headed move in February. For the record, according to Federal law, this action is Trump’s presidential right, just like President Carter did in the 1970’s, in order to protect the citizens of the country, but that is a blog for another day.
Since this is the second time it has been blocked, both times by a judge from the 9th Circuit, I decided to look a little further into that “special” group of magistrates.
First off, about Judge Derrick Kahala Watson, who was appointed by President Obama: Just coincidentally, this Overlord graduated from Harvard Law School the same year as BHO, but let’s not jump to conclusions. And there is now an unsubstantiated rumor that President Obama made a trip to Hawaii just before Judge Watson’s ruling, but that too may be for a blog another day…feels sort of like when Bill Clinton met AG Lynch on the tarmac in Phoenix to talk about grand kids. (Nothing to see here folks, just move along…)
The 9th circuit has appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in AK; four in CA; HI; ID; MT; NV; OR; two in WA; and the territorial courts in Guam; as well as the Northern Mariana Islands. (Where the heck is the Northern Mariana Islands and why do we have a court there? And who has jurisdiction over the Southern Mariana Islands?)
There are 29 circuit judges on the 9th circuit. 7 were appointed by Republican presidents and the rest (22 in case you weren’t keeping up) were appointed by not-Republican presidents. 76% were appointed by Democratic presidents – no wonder it is such a liberal court!
One judge, Stephen Reinhardt, who must have been appointed by Ulysses S. Grant during a drunken fit, will be 86 years old at the end of this month, 2 years older than Ruth Bader Ginsburg of Supreme Court fame. (If you recall, she woke up long enough to tell us she was leaving the country if Donald Trump was elected president. Evidently nobody told her yet as she’s still here.) And tell me old man Reinhardt wasn’t heavily influenced – he is married to the retired Executive Director of the ACLU of Southern California, one Ramona Ripston. The step-son of a Hollywood producer, he readily admits to being a liberal and does not consider himself to be bound by the Supreme Court. Think about that – he is supposed to be an arbiter of justice, blind to anything but the law, and yet…he doesn’t care. He could give a hoot about his constant high rate of reversals either. And we can’t impeach him, nor can we stop his salary. I wonder if we can send him to the Northern Mariana Islands for awhile?
Speaking of salary, these judges are paid $217,600 each, meaning they cost taxpayers about $300,000 per year. (By the way, Chief Justice of the US. Supreme Court, John Roberts, doesn’t think that is enough. Don’t know about you all, but I’d take that gig.) That equates to about $8,700,000 per year picked up by John Q. Public. That salary is for the rest of their life too – some pension!
Now, get this! Their rulings are overturned 79% of the time. Yes, you read that right – 4 out of 5 times, this special group of rocket scientists are proven to be…wrong! Would you pay your plumber to come back all 5 times to fix the same leak? How about your favorite auto mechanic to start your car? Would you give your doctor 5 tries to take out your appendix? And the taxpayer pays almost $9 million per year for this…for the rest of their judgeship's lives? While I admit, that probably isn’t too long for old man Reinhardt, it does mean we have to pay for his Judgeship Derrick Watson (51) to play political games for 30-45 more years! (Is it just me or does it seem judges live so much longer than the rest of us?)
It's high time to break up this merry band of adjudicators, folks. Their blocking of President Trump’s immigration ban was for no other reason than political gamesmanship, and that is not their job! Not on our dime. If they are not going to do their job judiciously, they must be removed.