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Press Secretary Says Contention that Obamacare Is Tax “Idiotic”
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 June 2012 | John Semmens

Posted on 06/30/2012 12:11:29 AM PDT by John Semmens

Press Secretary Jay Carney sought to get out ahead of the GOP's campaign rhetoric alleging that Obamacare is a huge tax imposed on the middle class.

“There's no way this is a tax,” Carney insisted. “The President doesn't call it a tax. The legislation doesn't say it's a tax. Calling it a tax is idiotic. The President has made it quite clear that the $2,000 a person has to pay for refusing to buy health insurance is a punishment for disobedience, not a tax.”

The fact that the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare was founded on Chief Justice John Roberts' finding that the so-called penalty is a tax is irrelevant, according to Carney. “Roberts' convoluted logic isn't binding on anything,” Carney said. “All that matters is that the Court voted to sustain the law. Whatever reasons he or any other Justice might give are irrelevant.”

To further bolster his case against Obamacare being a tax, Carney cited the waivers granted by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Secretary Sebelius has no authority to waive taxes,” Carney pointed out. “She does, however, have the authority to excuse persons from complying with the mandate. Those who think the mandate is oppressive ought to be trying to get on her good side. I don't think that castigating the Affordable Care Act for political advantage is a course likely to achieve that.”

Thus far, Sebelius has issued over 1,000 waivers—most of them to organizations and businesses supporting the Administration's political agenda.

In related news, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) suggested that, based on the Court's decision, the government might mandate the consumption of tofu or the purchase of a Chevy Volt under threat of being assessed a penalty for noncompliance. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) dismissed such fears as “misplaced. It is the government's job to promote the general welfare. If eating healthier food and driving non-polluting vehicles is deemed the appropriate way of promoting that welfare who is Mr. Jindal to say that the government shouldn't penalize those who won't cooperate?”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news posts you can find them at...

http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Opinion/114163-2012-06-29-semi-news-a-satire-of-recent-news-july-1-2012.htm


TOPICS: Government; Health/Medicine; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: abortion; craptire; deathpanels; nannystate; notworthreading; obamacare; satire; stupid; tyranny; wasteoftime; zerocare
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1 posted on 06/30/2012 12:11:41 AM PDT by John Semmens
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ping


2 posted on 06/30/2012 12:13:42 AM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

Everybody in this administration is a lying peice of socialist excrement.


3 posted on 06/30/2012 12:17:08 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: John Semmens

Has anyone noticed that o’zeros lips look just like a pigs ass? I only know this because Eric Holder is the love child of billy Clinton’s and J’nut O’renos, and o’zero has been kissing O’holders ASS for a long, long time.


4 posted on 06/30/2012 12:21:46 AM PDT by Squat (Deport the illegals now! Turn Home Depot's into the prisons to hold the illegals!.)
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To: John Semmens
"The President has made it quite clear that the $2,000 a person has to pay for refusing to buy health insurance is a punishment for disobedience, not a tax.”

Money quote.

5 posted on 06/30/2012 12:39:48 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (If America were a car, the "Check President" light would be on.)
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To: jospehm20

The media will side with them. “It’s NOT a tax” and that will be the mantra.


6 posted on 06/30/2012 12:44:03 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: jospehm20
Everybody in this administration is a lying piece of socialist excrement.

I beg to differ as excrement has a valid and beneficial use as fertilizer which is good for plants. I would suggest that they are nothing but the foul odor that is left when all the beneficial products of excrement have been used.

7 posted on 06/30/2012 12:47:33 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: tsowellfan

Yeah, the SCOTUS was WRONG to call it a tax, but RIGHT to uphold it? That’s a tough pill for even the average 20-something liberal bimbo female to swallow.


8 posted on 06/30/2012 12:48:39 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
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To: tsowellfan

Problem is Alito, Kennedy, and Scalia are on their side too. They wrote in the dissent that it’s not a tax.


9 posted on 06/30/2012 12:53:11 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: jospehm20

Socialist/communist, whats the difference?


10 posted on 06/30/2012 1:02:54 AM PDT by exnavy (The time is upon us, fish or cut bait, may God guide your heart.)
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To: John Semmens
:-! ..that's all.
i know it's satire.

11 posted on 06/30/2012 1:42:56 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: John Semmens

My name john Semens. I no ken write. So I steal hedlines, real storries end slap my title on it & call it satire. Itz mucho eazier than write my own stuff for humur.


12 posted on 06/30/2012 2:01:09 AM PDT by Kevmo ( FRINAGOPWIASS: Free Republic Is Not A GOP Website. It's A Socon Site.)
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To: John Semmens

America must declare war against the Obamataxcare.


13 posted on 06/30/2012 2:04:13 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Is your state Obamacare free yet?)
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To: John Semmens

I cant stomach hearing or looking at any of them


14 posted on 06/30/2012 2:28:36 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: John Semmens

Even Jay Carney is smarter than Chief Justice Moron.


15 posted on 06/30/2012 2:43:29 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: John Semmens

Proving even further that Roberts is delusional. Roberts is a coward and a traitor.


16 posted on 06/30/2012 2:53:52 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: John Semmens
"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) dismissed such fears as “misplaced. It is the government's job to promote the general welfare. If eating healthier food and driving non-polluting vehicles is deemed the appropriate way of promoting that welfare who is Mr. Jindal to say that the government shouldn't penalize those who won't cooperate?”

Wow... what arrogance!

Tyranny is coming.

17 posted on 06/30/2012 3:03:23 AM PDT by GregoTX (Federalist)
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To: John Semmens

You can take your toys and go home Jay.


18 posted on 06/30/2012 3:18:41 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: John Semmens
Isn't he the fellow that said a guillotine will “only take a little bit off the top”? Maybe someone else.
19 posted on 06/30/2012 3:26:45 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: John Semmens

Next up, a regency fee for the honor of Obama allowing us to worship him.


20 posted on 06/30/2012 3:27:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: GregoTX

I see an image of a dingbat on a stick like they did to Bush.


21 posted on 06/30/2012 3:31:16 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Is your state Obamacare free yet?)
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To: John Semmens
with carneys position and station in life...he is not smart enough to say what this is...when he is as educated as some are on the SC then maybe we can listen to him...but he is NOT that intelligent, after all he is associated with the obama gang...
22 posted on 06/30/2012 3:42:35 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: John Semmens

We’re not worthy.

We’re not worthy.


23 posted on 06/30/2012 3:48:18 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: John Semmens
Carney, you are a totally stupid piece of excrement. The only way the SCOTUS upheld your guy's mandate was by symantically converting the "penalty" into a "tax".

Truth is, it really matters very little what you call it, because the effects will be the same! What's the over/under on years to the Great American Bankruptcy if this tripe goes through?

24 posted on 06/30/2012 4:41:07 AM PDT by cincinnati65 (Romney is not MY candidate for President in 2012.)
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To: John Semmens

“There’s no way this is a tax,” Carney insisted. “The President doesn’t call it a tax. The legislation doesn’t say it’s a tax. Calling it a tax is idiotic.

Carney finally said something true. Only an idiot would call this a tax. Roberts is that idiot. May he soon leave the court.


25 posted on 06/30/2012 4:43:44 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Yardstick

Problem is Alito, Kennedy, and Scalia are on their side too. They wrote in the dissent that it’s not a tax.

That’s because they are correct. The only constitutional ruling would have been to call it a mandate and declare it unconstitutional. Calling it a tax is not to our long term advantage and it’s not honest.


26 posted on 06/30/2012 4:46:04 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: tsowellfan

If it is not a tax, then is it now unconstitutional?


27 posted on 06/30/2012 5:05:22 AM PDT by D Rider
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To: John Semmens

The extent to which a work of satire goes undetected is at once a tribute to the satirist, and a warning about his subject.


28 posted on 06/30/2012 5:21:06 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: jospehm20

Yesterday Obama called Justice Roberts a Liar,. Now Carney calls him an idiot.

It was Roberts who passd their bill through the Supreme Court by calling it a tax and now they attack him for doing it.

We have 3 branch’s of Government, and we cannot trust any of the three.


29 posted on 06/30/2012 5:25:39 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: freedomfiter2

Yours is the correct answer.

WTF Roberts did will always be a mystery.

Why he did it will be a mystery.

The whole thing should have been tossed in the trash.

Perhaps he knows something we don’t or perhaps he is crazy as a loon.


30 posted on 06/30/2012 5:30:46 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: John Semmens

John Roberts sure managed to piss everybody off with his idiotic ruling.


31 posted on 06/30/2012 5:53:50 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: freedomfiter2
That’s because they are correct.

Indeed they are.

32 posted on 06/30/2012 5:58:39 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Kevmo

Alinsky Rule No 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.


33 posted on 06/30/2012 6:25:23 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: John Semmens

Ha! The Supremes called it a tax. The Supremes said that is the only way it is legal. The dems are going to rewrite the Supremes’ ruling, then? Hahha, can’t wait to watch this unravel.


34 posted on 06/30/2012 6:28:32 AM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: John Semmens

Mr. Semmens - you have done your job when 30 out of the 32 people that have responded don’t realize it is satire.

Well done!!!


35 posted on 06/30/2012 6:32:28 AM PDT by RowdyYates
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36 posted on 06/30/2012 6:53:37 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: All

37 posted on 06/30/2012 6:59:43 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: John Semmens

Punishment for disobedience,the King has ruled obey or else.


38 posted on 06/30/2012 7:05:03 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Kevmo

With this group in DC satire practically writes itself. If most of the readers believe the article at first glance then it is good satire, this is good satire


39 posted on 06/30/2012 7:09:52 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrats are the problem. Vote them out, all of them.)
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To: John Semmens

Did anyone ask why the Obama lawyer argued it was a tax in front of the Supreme Court?


40 posted on 06/30/2012 7:24:57 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: Flotsam_Jetsome

‘”The President has made it quite clear that the $2,000 a person has to pay for refusing to buy health insurance is a punishment for disobedience, not a tax.”

Money quote.’

YOU BETCHA! “[D]isobedience,” no less. Imperial presidency, indeed. I’d get that into an ad, fast.


41 posted on 06/30/2012 8:02:02 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: tsowellfan
The media will side with them. “It’s NOT a tax” and that will be the mantra.

I'm not so sure. If the media says it's not a tax, that means the media has to agree with Scalia that it's not a tax. The mainstream media doesn't like to agree with Scalia and Thomas. I think most of the media will agree with Roberts that it is a tax so that they don't have to side with Scalia.

42 posted on 06/30/2012 8:07:24 AM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Tau Food
I think most of the media will agree with Roberts that it is a tax so that they don't have to side with Scalia.

I disagree because the media knows that what is not reported is not so - like Fast And Furious. They do not have to report anything that Scalia said just. I think that could be their approach. We'll have to wait and see but we know their ultimate goal is to protect Obama and if that means siding with Scalia they will. They would side with Ronald Reagan if it meant another 4 years of Obama.

They still think that they are the only source out there for the news. It's an insult to our intelligence.

43 posted on 06/30/2012 8:24:25 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: tsowellfan

You could very well be right.

Personally, I think Scalia and the other conservatives are right and that it is a penalty and not a tax. If the media says it’s not a tax, this will be one of the rare times that I agree with the media.

We’ll see. ;-)


44 posted on 06/30/2012 8:30:06 AM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Tau Food

My “I disagree” I wanted to change to something a bit more softer but I clicked send too quickly. You made some good points also. We’ll have to wait and see. Like you, I have no trust in the media. There’s no telling what they will do.


45 posted on 06/30/2012 8:36:25 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.cafenetamerica.com/)
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To: Yardstick

That’s NOT a problem. It’s the truth. Only the NAME of the rose has changed.


46 posted on 06/30/2012 8:36:58 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: John Semmens
Hmmmm. Shall I laugh? Or shall I cry?

Laugh?

Cry?

...

Good one, John. It helps ease the pain.

47 posted on 06/30/2012 9:25:24 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Kevmo
Bad Croc, no zeeba for you.


48 posted on 06/30/2012 12:06:20 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: John Semmens
“Roberts' convoluted logic isn't binding on anything,” Carney said. “All that matters is that the Court voted to sustain the law. Whatever reasons he or any other Justice might give are irrelevant.”

In related news, in anticipation of semi-satire-induced insubordination, Chief Justice Roberts left a message with his staff that anyone reading Semmens' column this week will be taxed (or whatever) from their jobs .

Another fine column John!

.

49 posted on 06/30/2012 1:14:54 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: School of Rational Thought; John Semmens

“Did anyone ask why the Obama lawyer argued it was a tax in front of the Supreme Court?”

Most folks seem to have missed that point. Obama’s lawyer tried it both ways during oral arguments.

John, another great satire, and thanks again for the ping.


50 posted on 06/30/2012 2:02:58 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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