Doug along with other friends have called or left messages today, all expressed anger or exasperation with the Supreme Court decision upholding ObamaCare. Does it help that the court labeled it a Tax instead of a power under the Commerce Act?
Today marks a sad day in the history of America. With this decision, Americans have lost the right to be left alone, which Justice William O. Douglas once called “the beginning of all freedom.”
If, at the end of this day, the House is unable or unwilling to move to uphold the rule of law against the out of control Obama
White House Red Shed, then the truth of Karen Harned‘s option piece on this ruling will be even more true.
We must now look forward, with great trepidation, into this brave new world, a world in which the Constitution has been undone, and federal power knows no limit. This is a day that our Founders would never have wanted to see. All that they had fought to secure and preserve has been lost.
A friend, a good man and even a person I respect for his service, said today that they prefer to see everyone “made” to have health insurance because otherwise everyone else has to pay for their treatment at the ER with higher costs.
I say, don’t talk money. Talk liberty. You can always make more money, you can’t have any more liberty.
I’m unclear on how I can be “taxed” on something I don’t buy; something I don’t do. I understand how I can be fined or forced to pay a penalty for failing to do something, but it seems to me that “taxation” is a different kind of pocket picking by the state.
If I earn nothing I pay no income tax. If I buy nothing I pay no sales tax. If I own nothing I pay no property tax. If, however, I do nothing I pay an Obamacare “tax” which is not part of the general pool of tax revenue. So is the new deal that I can be taxed simply for being born in America, just for existing as an American, for just standing around breathing? I guess so.
gerardvanderleun : June 28, 12
So, it’s a Tax. (Says the Supremes) What am I being Taxed for? Perhaps being healthy and NOT needing to buy insurance is now taxable, such as the tax discovered by many states and municipalities called, “Having a nice view“.
So, can I avoid the tax by ingesting plague germs? Breaking a leg? Voting Democratic? (The last one was a trick question).
As I have been laboring on this post in Washington D.C. a decision has been made…
So, the two things that we now have learned today; Obama has created a wholly new Tax on the American People, and the Chief of law enforcement in The United States of America is the first sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt.
As my sidebar says, a legion of fools elected this Prince of Fools. Is this going to be enough to wake them up?
And on that note…
Below are two quotes from Chief Justice Roberts on the Supreme Court’s responsibility in handling the health care law.
“We do not consider whether the Act embodies sound policies. That judgment is entrusted to the Nation’s elected leaders.”
“Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
Adding this from Theo Spark…
By Alan Caruba
The Supreme Court decision on Obamacare confirmed that lies have triumphed over the Constitution.
It also is a reminder that the Supreme Court is a political entity and a human one. Only the Justices who dissented from the majority decision on Obamacare were willing to take the heat. The majority ruled that the individual mandate under the commerce clause was unconstitutional, but gave Obamacare life as a tax.
It was always a tax, but President Obama repeatedly told Americans that it was not until his administration’s lawyers went before the Supreme Court and admitted and argued that it was a tax. The lawyers on the Court agreed, the majority in effect saying that there is no limit to the ability of Congress to tax Americans.
As Politico.com reported: On the losing end of a 5-4 decision, Justices Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said that the entire health care reform law should have been struck down.
They wrote: “The Act before us here exceeds federal power both in mandating the purchase of health insurance and in denying non-consenting states all Medicaid funding. These parts of the Act are central to its design and operation, and all the Act’s other provisions would not have been enacted without them. In our view it must follow that the entire statute is inoperative.”
Obamacare is a blow to state’s rights as sovereign republics.
A fellow blogger, writing under the pseudonym of J.D. Longstreet, warned that “The lesson here is — don’t play around with socialism. You cannot win. It kills its host country every time.”
Not since the Civil War and the more recent 9/11 has America faced a darker day. That day killed nearly three thousand Americans. Today, the fate of more than three hundred million Americans has been sealed. This is particular true of older Americans who, if the law is not repealed, will learn to their dismay that they cannot have essential medical care if bureaucrats conclude it is too costly. Others will die waiting to be admitted to hospitals to mitigate cancers and other life threatening diseases.
It is a death sentence for them. It is a death sentence for America.
There is the prospect that Mitt Romney may secure election to office and that the Republican Party may secure control of the Senate as well as the House. Without question Obamacare along with the economy becomes the central issue of the months leading up to Election Day.
Not a single Republican voted for Obamacare 820 days ago.
The House will vote on a full repeal of Barack Obama’s health care law during the week of July 9, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Thursday morning. The scheduling of another repeal vote came less than an hour after the Supreme Court upheld the health care mandate.
This is, however, purely symbolic. The bill will not be taken up in the Democrat-controlled Senate. It would be vetoed if sent to Obama.
Too many with whom I have talked believe that the same Americans who elected Obama in 2008 will reelect him in 2012. He lied his way into office then and it is entirely plausible he will do so again.
America will not survive him if he is reelected. He is truly the Manchurian candidate sent to destroy America.