I'm not one of the Republican justices deciding what's constitutional. But nor are you. The difference between us is that I have a basic understanding of constitutional jurisprudence under the Commerce Clause while you are completely and embarrassingly ignorant on the topic.
But by all means hitch your wagon to a fringe theory that would invalidate most federal legislation since the 1930s. After all, who cares if it's completely stupid so long as it helps score some points against the administration? Gotta keep focused on what's important.
This is a wingnut constitutional theory that hasn't been accepted by the judiciary since Lochner v. New York. A mandate would easily pass muster as a valid regulation under the Commerce Clause. People familiar with how this enumerated powers argument has actually fared in federal court aren't really impressed by invocations of the Scalia bogeyman.
Interesting, however, to see "progressives" essentially adopting the argument that the New Deal was unconstitutional.
Obama does not want to include a PO in the present bill. The question is why. It's clearly not because he thinks it's a bad idea - he has made numerous statements in support of it. So the answer presumably is that he doesn't think it had enough political support. But part of his job is to advocate for policies he thinks are good so that they gain political support - i.e leadership. He has not really done very much to advocate for the PO. If he had, maybe if would have failed or maybe it would have succeeeded, but he didn't really even try and anger/disappointment about that seems completely justified to me.
Your talking points, while remarkable in their predictability, have not grown more persuasive over the months, as they strongly resemble something a none-too-bright college freshman might put in a half-assed essay for an intro history class. But I do like how you've taken to random capitalization. Let me try it; Reagan's signature achievement was Selling Weapons to Iran. Damn, written like that it does seem impressive!