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President Biden's Plan for
the U.S. Supreme Court
By Glenn Harlan Reynolds
I
f you can't win, change the rules! Th at was President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt's (D) 1937 approach to a U.S. Supreme Court, a court
that was declaring many of his programs unconstitutional. Th e idea
is now being brought back by Democrats.
FDR saw the Great Depression as an opportunity to fundamentally transform
America. Many aspects of his New Deal programs were enacted into
law, but others that went too far were struck down by the Supreme Court,
typically on grounds that they went beyond the powers granted to Congress
to regulate interstate commerce, or that they delegated legislative powers to
administrative agencies or private bodies.
Roosevelt found this highly frustrating, and after a big win for Democrats in
the 1936 elections, he acted. On the thin excuse that many of the Court justices
were too old to keep up with their work, he off ered a proposal to allow the president
to appoint an additional justice for each justice over 70. Th is would have
left the Court with 15 justices and-of course-a solid liberal majority.
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It didn't exactly work. But though
the bill didn't pass, it may have had
its desired eff ect: By an odd coincidence,
the Court suddenly started
upholding Roosevelt's bills, in some
cases overruling decisions only
a year old. Th is was dubbed " the
switch in time that saved nine. "
Now, with President Joe Biden (D)
in control of the White House, and
with his party in narrow control of
the U.S. House of Representatives
and the U.S. Senate, there's talk
again of court-packing to remove
the current conservative majority on
the Court and to open up the way
for Biden's proposals, such as on gun
control, without danger of the Court
striking them down.
Last April, President Biden
announced a Presidential Commission
on the Supreme Court. Th is
commission is a ruse to make it
Illustration: Brad Walker

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