Skip to comments.Chief Justice Roberts Is A Genius
Posted on 06/28/2012 1:43:28 PM PDT by Whenifhow
Before you look to do harm to Chief Justice Roberts or his family, its important that you think carefully about the meaning the true nature of his ruling on Obama-care. The Left will shout that they won, that Obama-care was upheld and all the rest. Let them.
It will be a short-lived celebration.
Heres what really occurred payback. Yes, payback for Obamas numerous, ill-advised and childish insults directed toward SCOTUS.
Chief Justice Roberts actually ruled the mandate, relative to the commerce clause, was unconstitutional. Thats how the Democrats got Obama-care going in the first place. This is critical. His ruling means Congress cant compel American citizens to purchase anything. Ever. The notion is now officially and forever, unconstitutional. As it should be.
Next, he stated that, because Congress doesnt have the ability to mandate, it must, to fund Obama-care, rely on its power to tax. Therefore, the mechanism that funds Obama-care is a tax. This is also critical. Recall back during the initial Obama-care battles, the Democrats called it a penalty, Republicans called it a tax. Democrats consistently soft sold it as a penalty. It went to vote as a penalty. Obama declared endlessly, that it was not a tax, it was a penalty. But when the Democrats argued in front of the Supreme Court, they said hey, a penalty or a tax, either way. So, Roberts gave them a tax. It is now the official law of the land beyond word-play and silly shenanigans. Obama-care is funded by tax dollars. Democrats now must defend a tax increase to justify the Obama-care law.
Finally, he struck down as unconstitutional, the Obama-care idea that the federal government can bully states into complying by yanking their existing medicaid funding. Liberals, through Obama-care, basically said to the states comply with Obama-care or we will stop existing funding. Roberts ruled that is a no-no. If a state takes the money, fine, the Feds can tell the state how to run a program, but if the state refuses money, the federal government cant penalize the state by yanking other funding. Therefore, a state can decline to participate in Obama-care without penalty. This is obviously a serious problem. Are we going to have 10, 12, 25 states not participating in national health-care? Suddenly, its not national, is it?
Ultimately, Roberts supported states rights by limiting the federal governments coercive abilities. He ruled that the government can not force the people to purchase products or services under the commerce clause and he forced liberals to have to come clean and admit that Obama-care is funded by tax increases.
Although he didnt guarantee Romney a win, he certainly did more than his part and should be applauded.
And he did this without creating a civil war or having bricks thrown threw his windshield. Oh, and hell be home in time for dinner.
Baloney. Robert’s is traitorous scum.
He single handedly saved Obamacare.
So is Sotomayor then I suppose. Can’t forget that conservative stalwart Breyer either. They certainly outfoxed that idiot Scalia didn’t they?
God bless them. We are all freer citizens today.
Instead of machinations, Roberts’ contorted way to “get back at Obama” is akin to pissing in the wind that splatters everyone.
Why not a penalty tax for not sending your kids to public schools?
Why not a penalty tax for not buying an electric car?
Why not a penalty tax for not installing a government monitored thermostat in your home?
Why not a penalty tax for not creating a gun-free zone in your house?
I’m actually starting to agree with this. The individual mandate was the most important piece and it was struck down. That would have been irreversible damage if that had been upheld.
So Congress can tax, no news there. It’s the political backlash that keeps them from over-exercising that piece.
Hmmm, might not be so bad.
You are joking, right? Americans are being forced to buy health insurance or be taxed to death. What Roberts did is enshrine the right of Congress to force Americans to do anything they want through the use of the tax system. There are no limits or any charade any more like the Commerce Clause.
Obamacare has been deemed constitutional including the individual mandate. Congress can compel Americans to purchase anything period.
Interesting analysis...not sure I really concur though. I was able to read part of the ruling and not sure I agree that is how it reads.
Can you point to the actual text in his opinion that backs this assertion? I keep seeing it being asserted that he is some sort of genius, but haven’t seen the details behind it for my own confirmation.
As on cue, Obamster got in front of the cameras and spiked the ball. He needed this "victory" so badly he made no argument or offerred no reason why this is not a tax and therefore completed the ownership of this largest increase in taxes ever.
So yes I am a bit more cool than at 10:20 AM this morning.
I really don’t think Roberts put this much thought into his decision. He’s a progressive. This is what progressives do.
That’s putting the best face on it, but I think when people cool off a little they will see that there is some good that could come from this. No longer will the dems be able to say it isn’t a tax. and if many states opt out, the whole program will go belly up. Kind of cool actually...
“So Congress can tax,...”
AND... Congress can repeal taxes. Even better.
Roberts could have done all of that and more by voting with the 4 conservatives. How damn stupid can people be?
Perhaps or maybe its just perceived as strategy with Roberts. Irregardless Obama is intent on shoving this monstrosity down our throats so the objective remains the same. Dump his tyrranical butt and all complicit Dems in November. War on Dems-—dont walk to the voting booths—RUN!
As pissed off as I was, it never occurred to me that anyone would consider harm to Roberts; on the other hand, if that hellhole they call DC and all it's occupants were to suddenly disappear, I wouldn't volunteer for any search parties - I'd be doing partying of another sort.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
Art 1, Sec 7 Constitution: 2 raise revenue (taxes) MUST originate in House OCare originated in Senate! Sup Court miss that?
Challenges to Ocare coming!
Another view here
They just might attach the new “penalty taxes” to something essential such as your electric, gas, water utility bills or maybe your internet service.
Actually if Roberts were a genius he would have secured a future for his children and grandchildren. Instead he has knowingly consigned them to hell on earth and by extension all of our children. This nightmare is unworkable. It’s the way civilizations die and his will not be exempt from those horrors.
I’m with you.
Would it now be possible for them to enact a penalty tax for not having an abortion?
Except Obama or his solicitor general did not argue it was a tax or is it written as a tax but that the intent of ObamaCare was a 'mandate.' Roberts ignored the intent and the meaning of the law by becoming an activist judge and changed the law "to a tax" to support his erroneous opinion.
“but I think when people cool off a little they will see that there is some good that could come from this.”
Put down the crack pipe.
So instead of just killing the bill he not only breathes life into it by calling it a tax, he opens the door for us to be taxed over EVERYTHING (like breathing) and that’s a good thing?
This was BAD, BAD, BAD.
Interestingly enough they seemed to me to be classifying all funds transferred to the state to be a tax no matter what it is called. I think there will be hell to pay for that.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the Court did - or could - decide that the tax itself is constitutional. That battle will likely be fought later.
As am I. We all naturally wanted it to be over today, but there is a bit more work left to do.
I don't think Roberts acted honorably. I think instead of concentrating only on the constitutionality, he considered the historical political consequences of tossing the whole law, and went french in the face of battle.
But, he did toss conservatives a consolation prize. His majority opinion restricting congress' ability to hide behind the commerce clause while continuing to grow was signed by every liberal hump on the court. I think they were so thrilled to have him on board, they all agreed to whatever phrasing he came up with. Giddy idiots.
Plus, it's a political loss for Team Obama, who now have to face the fact that the economy is in the shitter, and instead of fixing it, they championed the largest middle-class tax hike in American history.
Maybe they can kill bin Laden again.
Ummm...the bill would have been dead TODAY if Robert’s hadn’t save it.
Good Lord. What are you smoking?
Roberts had to come with some excuse to make Obamacare constitutional despite the fact that Obama and Congress denied the individual mandate was a tax. Now we are stuck with a legal precedent that will be very difficult to undo even if Obamacare is repealed.
For all those too stupid to understand......ROBERTS SHREDDED WHAT WAS LEFT OF THE CONSTITUTION TODAY.
He stabbed us all in the back.
Talk about denial.
Therefore, a state can decline to participate in Obama-care without penalty. This is obviously a serious problem. Are we going to have 10, 12, 25 states not participating in national health-care? Suddenly, its not national, is it?
Grasping at straws like the Chief Justice himself if he tried to ratioalize this to others this way.
Politics is Power. We did not have it — they did — in 08, 09, 10, with a little less in 11 and 12, but they still have it. If we don’t have our citizenry that votes with us, we have no power save ineffectual rebellion which will work to their advantage.
Hmmm. I don’t believe it would brazenly be called such for the revulsion it would rightly generate. I can see it beeping called something like Community Sustainability Ratio. CSR for short. You know how they love the acronyms. Besides who could ever be against community sustainability?
Roberts himself changed the mandate into a tax in the majority opinion. If he planned to kill it as unconstitutional then, why kick it down the road? Why not just leave it as a mandate, which was already unconstitutional?
Oh puhleeze. Putting a bow on cow dung is no more than cow dung with a bow.
Start at line 24, bottom of page 16.
Not smoking anything. I was very angry this morning, but have been reading and thinking about it all day. I think Obamacare is going to go down, either through repeal or successful challenge of the constitutionality of the tax itself or because it will be unsustainable in light of the states' ability not to participate in the medicaid portion. It is the precedent of the opinion that worries me most. I do believe the tax itself will eventually be found unconstitutional, which will significantly erode any precedent.
Why not a tax for refusing to be armed at all times in public places?
In pre-revolutionary America, many localities had such requirements for the possession of firearms at home with sufficient ammunition to be an integral part of the militia. There is precedent for that.
Not much of "an argument" when Obama's solicitor dodged and weaved when he was asked more than once by the Supreme court if it was a tax. Roberts turned it into a tax.
So Roberts is a genius now?
Wow. Denial runs deep.
People can talk themselves into anything.
He stabbed us in the back. He shredded what’s left of the Constitution.