In previous statements, professor Goodwin Liu made disparaging remarks about private property when he said, “Before becoming a judge, [Chief Justice John Roberts] belonged to the Republican National Lawyers Association and the National Legal Center for the Public Interest, whose mission is to promote (among other things) ‘free enterprise,’ ‘private ownership of property,’ and ‘limited government.’ These are code words for an ideological agenda hostile to environmental, workplace, and consumer protections.”
I was making the point that these American values are basic to American constitutional thought, not a hostile ideological agenda. The comparison between Liu and U.S. District Judge Jack McConnell has no merit since there was nothing in McConnell’s record close to reflecting the radical anti-property-rights views of Liu.
Sen. Chuck Grassley is an Iowa Republican and a senior member of the Judiciary Committee.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.