William J. Quirk

Professor William J. Quirk is a professor of law at the University of South Carolina.  He has published three books: Abandoned (1989), Judicial Dictatorship (1995), and Courts & Congress: America's Unwritten Constitution (2008). He wrote an Introduction to the 2002 reprinting of Clinton Rossiter's Constitutional Dictatorship Princeton University Press (1948), the reprinting of Malcolm Jewell's Politics of Reapportionment Transaction Publishers (2010), and William J. Watkins' Divinely Anointed Judges: Restoring Popular Sovereignty (2011).

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  • Impractical Solutions
    February 2014

    Impractical Solutions

    Mark Levin, in his best-selling book The Liberty Amendments, is absolutely right about two things: First, the Courts, president, and Congress are not playing the roles assigned to them by the Constitution.

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  • December 2013

    Too Big to Jail

    “Even if you don’t have the authorities—and frankly I didn’t have the authorities for anything—if you take charge people will follow.” So said Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr., former CEO of Goldman Sachs, to the Washington Post on November 19, 2008, just about two months after TARP passed through Congress.

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  • Goldman Sachs and the Price of Beer
    November 2013

    Goldman Sachs and the Price of Beer

    The public thinks banks are prohibited from engaging in ordinary commerce, but that is no longer true. The public thinks that the banks’ business is to take deposits and make loans, but that is no longer true, either.

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  • September 2013

    Gay Marriage: The Last Chance

    Gay rights have come a long way in a hurry. Ten years ago sodomy was still a crime in many states. The Supreme Court found state laws banning sodomy constitutional as recently as 1986 (Bowers).

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  • How Goldman Sachs Is Swindling America's Cities

    Who do you suppose would get the better of it if the mayor of your city made a bet with Goldman Sachs on the direction of interest rates? Would you be surprised if the mayor lost, costing the city’s taxpayers millions of dollars? Do you think betting taxpayer dollars is legal?

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  • June 2013

    Gay Marriage, Before the Ruling

    Conservatives are waiting around for the bad news coming in June from the Supreme Court “gay-marriage” decisions. There is a way out, even at this late date, but it takes some explaining. The short version is that the Court started this culture war in 2003, and the war cannot end until the Court is removed from it.

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  • The Baby Boomer' Last Act

    Not many people would argue with Paul Begala’s view that the baby boomers are “the most self-centered, self-seeking, self-interested, self-absorbed, self-indulgent, self-aggrandizing generation in American history.”

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  • Fiscal Miffed

    The House of Representatives, at 10:57 p.m. on January 1, passed the Fiscal Cliff bill, with Republicans voting 2 to 1 against it. Speaker Boehner’s negotiations with President Obama had been a disaster.

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  • March 2013

    A Debt-Free Country?

    There “does not exist an engine so corruptive,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1821, “of the government and so demoralizing of the nation as a public debt.

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  • January 2013

    How Conservatives Could Win

    Republicans, after their comprehensive defeat on November 6, have been going through an identity crisis. Defeated Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown said, “We need to be a larger tent party.”

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  • November 2012

    The 400 Club

    Imagine a club where you have to earn $137 million per year to join, and which limits membership to 400 people. That, we’d all agree, is an exclusive club. Mitt Romney, for example, probably thinks he is rich, but he could not get in. He’d be told he would be happier elsewhere.

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  • October 2012

    The Last Word

    What would the country be like if Congress added to every law it passed a section that said “No court of the United States or any state shall have power to review or interpret this act”?

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  • April 2011

    Crisis and Denial

    At CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference), U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-FL) cited the 1999 repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act as the cause of the financial crisis. He has a point: As long as Glass-Steagall was in place, we had no systemic collapse.

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  • February 2011

    Birthright Citizenship

    The Romans took citizenship very seriously. Only citizens had the right to vote, marry, make legal contracts, and have a trial and appeal the decision of the lower court. Americans, on the other hand, are in the process of getting rid of the concept of citizenship altogether.

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  • December 2010

    Why Is the Supreme Court So Slow?

    Why does it take so long to get a decision from the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare law, or Arizona’s SB 170, or California’s Proposition 8 limiting “gay marriage”? Currently, those three cases are meandering their way around the lower federal courts.

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  • Back to Hamilton
    December 2010

    Back to Hamilton

    The credit bubble, which exploded in September 2008, exposed the fact that the U.S. economy has been devastated by globalism. Unemployment numbers—effectively close to 20 percent, about 25 million out of a workforce of 120 million—are near Depression levels.

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  • October 2010

    You Call This a Financial Reform Law?

    The special inspector general for TARP (the Troubled Asset Relief Program) reported on July 21 that the bank bailout that has been going on since September 2008 has cost $3.7 trillion in actual expenditures and guarantees to the banks. Not surprisingly, the banks are prospering. But in a just world, the failed banks would have been shut.

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  • August 2010

    How To Succeed in Banking Without Really Trying

    The Bush-Obama financial-rescue plan is premised on saving the big banks that caused the trouble. The theory is that we need to help Wall Street to help Main Street. Government would make money available, and the banks would make loans to business, which would revive the economy.

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  • Failure on Many Levels

    Goldman Sachs buys and sells securities for customers and also trades for its own book. It’s the world’s biggest derivatives dealer. CEO Lloyd Blankfein told a British magazine in late 2009 that they were “doing God’s work.” Now we know what that entails.

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  • May 2010

    How Do You Make $100 Million Per Day?

    How do you make $100 million per day? Goldman Sachs did it—and still does it. It even brags about it. Goldman’s net revenues for 2009 were over $45 billion.

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