In an effort to control the only branch of government not currently under his thumb, President Barack Obama announced plans to increase the size of the Supreme Court from nine to fifteen justices. Prior to his administration, the White House had been under control of Republicans for 28 of the previous 40 years, meaning that the court was mostly appointed by Republican presidents.
By increasing the size of the court to 15, he will give himself a clear majority and be able to protect any unconstitutional laws or policies that he creates.
The House and Senate, both currently under his control, are expected to ratify this change.
Obama is not the first president to increase the size of the Supreme Court to control it as it was most recently done by FDR.
When asked if he had any qualifications in mind for his new appointees, Obama said that "ACORN membership is a plus, and I don't intend to look at any of those unnecessary things like actual citizenship, birth certificates, criminal record, or payment of taxes."
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