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Us vs. Them, SCOTUSCARE, NVE vs. PUC 
by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on July 9, 2015 - reprinted with permission

    Well, socialist Bernie Sanders brought his presidential campaign of hatred and venom to Las Vegas last month and put on a good show of pretense in support of the "little guy" against the filthy, corrupt "rich." Using the classic technique of all demagogues he pounded away at his scapegoat (the rich) blaming them for every ill and political, social and  economic injustice that plagues our country.

    There is nothing new about Sanders or his tactics. This political garbage has been around forever: "Of those men who have overturned republics, the greatest number has begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants." Alexander Hamilton Federalist Paper #1.

When will we ever learn?

    So, what do you think about the latest Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act or as Justice Scalia calls it-SCOTUSCARE? A perfectly reasonable title since the Court basically re-wrote the law  .  .  .  twice.

    As I have noted before, the anti-Federalists lost their battle against the proposed Constitution but along the way raised some remarkably prescient warnings about its weaknesses. Consider anti-Federalist #11, January 31, 1788 on the subject of judicial independence written by "Brutus":

    "The plan (of judicial independence) is modeled so courts can rule not only within powers expressly given but also, in gray areas, can supply what they want by their own decisions. Courts are given the right to rule on equity under law. This means they can rule on the "spirit" of the Constitution "without being confined to the words or letter."

    "This power in the Judicial will enable them to mold the Government into almost any shape they please."

    We'll give the last word to Patrick Henry: "We have divided power between three branches of government and erected checks and balances to prevent abuse of power. However, where is the check on the power of the judiciary? If we fail to check the power of the judiciary, I predict that we will eventually live under judicial tyranny.

"They didn't. We do.

    The subject of net metering and rooftop solar is becoming a bigger question for all of us starting with the Legislature's dumping the whole thing onto the PUC. Right now NVEnergy (NVE) is supposed to present numbers to the PUC to try to get a handle on what kind of rate structure is needed to protect the vast majority of people not generating electricity from substantially higher electric rates to maintain the grid.

    I don't think I want to be a PUC Commissioner right now. Besides the rooftop solar situation there's the fact four major NVE customers want out. Add in the politics and you've got a brew as dangerous as a thirty gallon drum of unstable nitro.

    For most of us, the vast majority, who are going to be left behind we had better hope the PUC staff along with the Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection will come up with a rate structure that will not leave us twisting in the wind.

  Stay cool. It's gonna be a long, hot summer.

Contact Vice-President Knight Allen