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SCOTUS' Decision Hands Feds Unlimited Power to Force You to Buy What They Want You to Buy
Natural News.com ^ | June 28, 2012 | Mike Adams

Posted on 06/28/2012 12:28:33 PM PDT by abigail2

Supreme Court's Obamacare decision hands federal government unlimited power to force you to spend 100% of your paycheck on things you don't even want by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

Regardless of whether you agree with the fundamentals of Obamacare, the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court has now ruled the federal government has the power to tax Americans into mandatory purchases of private industry products means an end to economic freedom in America. Why? Because it hands the federal government the power to force the American people to buy anything the government wants or face tax penalties for refusing to do so. It is the equivalent of announcing a federal monopoly over all private purchasing decisions.

"The Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax," wrote Chief Justice John Roberts, in his majority opinion. "Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness."

Thus, the government can force Americans to buy anything it wants by simply characterizing the forced payment as a "tax."

Economic freedom crushed by Supreme Court This article is not an argument so much about Obamacare itself, by the way; it's a red alert about a fundamental loss of economic freedom -- a shifting of private purchasing decisions to Washington D.C. Now, buoyed by the passage of Obamacare, the U.S. government can (and will) create new mandates that, for example, would force Americans to buy all the following:

A new car each year from Detroit, in order to "boost the U.S. auto industry."
• War bonds to "support the war effort."
• A year's supply of vaccines.
• Life insurance from the government's "approved" sources.
• Lawn fertilizer (the "lawn health care mandate").
• Intellectual property such as patented human genes already in your body.

There is no limit to the reach of the Supreme Court's wild misinterpretation of the Commerce Clause, it seems. So now, all Americans can expect to get ready for the federal government to start laying out a long list of products and services we will all be taxed into buying from the crony capitalist buddies of those in power.

Government hands economic monopoly to Big Pharma and the vaccine industry Perhaps the worst side effect is that Obamacare isn't really about health care at all. It's about protecting a Big Pharma monopoly over medicine; forcing consumers to buy into a system that offers zero coverage for alternative medicine, nutritional therapies, natural remedies or the healing arts.

If Obamacare actually offered consumers a free market choice of where to get services, it would be a lot more balanced and effective. Instead, it forces consumers to buy into a system of monopoly medicine of drugs and surgery that would flat-out collapse if not for the monopolistic protections granted to the industry by the government itself.

If given a free choice, most consumers prefer complementary medicine than straight-up "drugs and surgery" medicine, but complementary medicine isn't covered under Obamacare. The law is really just another corrupt, criminal-minded handout to the drug industry. And now, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, you can't even opt out!

Abuse of power by the federal government knows no bounds

That's the real kicker in all this: No more opting out of the private purchasing demands of the federal government! Americans are being pick-pocketed at an alarming rate, and it's only going to get worse now that this power has been unwisely handed to the federal government by a short-sighted Supreme Court.

Because long after Obama is gone, other Presidents -- from any political party -- will abuse this precedent to force Americans into buying any number of products, services, or even intellectual property that we don't want. There is now no limit to what the federal government can force you to buy by calling it a "tax."

Note, carefully, there is NO LIMIT to this "taxing" power. If you bring home a monthly paycheck of, for example, $3,000, the U.S. government can now mandate that you spend $2,999 of that on various products and services that it deems you must have "for your own protection." You no longer control your own take-home pay! The government can force you to spend it on things you don't want or even need!

America, it seems, is starting to sound a whole lot like England under King George. Soon, we'll be living under our own modern Stamp Act from 1765, which eventually led to the American Revolution. Learn your history! As Wikipedia explains: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamp_Act_1765)

The Stamp Act 1765 (short title Duties in American Colonies Act 1765; 5 George III, c. 12) was a direct tax imposed by the British Parliament specifically on the colonies of British America. The act required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London, carrying an embossed revenue stamp. These printed materials were legal documents, magazines, newspapers and many other types of paper used throughout the colonies. Like previous taxes, the stamp tax had to be paid in valid British currency, not in colonial paper money. The purpose of the tax was to help pay for troops stationed in North America after the British victory in the Seven Years' War. The British government felt that the colonies were the primary beneficiaries of this military presence, and should pay at least a portion of the expense.

The Stamp Act met great resistance in the colonies. The colonies sent no representatives to Parliament, and therefore had no influence over what taxes were raised, how they were levied, or how they would be spent. Many colonists considered it a violation of their rights as Englishmen to be taxed without their consent -- consent that only the colonial legislatures could grant. Colonial assemblies sent petitions and protests. The Stamp Act Congress held in New York City, reflecting the first significant joint colonial response to any British measure, also petitioned Parliament and the King. Local protest groups, led by colonial merchants and landowners, established connections through correspondence that created a loose coalition that extended from New England to Georgia. Protests and demonstrations initiated by the Sons of Liberty often turned violent and destructive as the masses became involved. Very soon all stamp tax distributors were intimidated into resigning their commissions, and the tax was never effectively collected.

Opposition to the Stamp Act was not limited to the colonies. British merchants and manufacturers, whose exports to the colonies were threatened by colonial economic problems exacerbated by the tax, also pressured Parliament. The Act was repealed on March 18, 1766 as a matter of expedience, but Parliament affirmed its power to legislate for the colonies "in all cases whatsoever" by also passing the Declaratory Act. There followed a series of new taxes and regulations, likewise opposed by the colonists.

The episode played a major role in defining the grievances and enabling the organized colonial resistance that led to the American Revolution in 1775.


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If you are rather dull, like I am when trying to understand the bill, and the decision...read this. It is clear and simple and frankly should be read by every American. We need to understand the consequences. ANd you will after you read this...
1 posted on 06/28/2012 12:28:41 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: abigail2

This is what we get with the now-revealed Fascist “Chief Justice”

Another colossal W Bush F-up.


2 posted on 06/28/2012 12:31:34 PM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: abigail2

It’s funny in a sad way: In six days, we celebrate our standing up to a giant, central government and declared enough-was-enough. We even spilled countless amounts of blood to achieve this freedom. Today, the Supreme Court allowed Congress to have unlimited powers in forcing us to buy whatever it is they are lobbied for us to buy with no check or balance except the ballot box in November.


3 posted on 06/28/2012 12:31:34 PM PDT by Engineer_Soldier ("Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto." Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: abigail2

Myth RomneyCARE to felon DiMasi:
"I bet you $10,000 that I can create RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE
And the stupid GOP will LOVE me for it
as I pretend it did not even happen
and YOU ... serve time."

4 posted on 06/28/2012 12:31:44 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: abigail2
Next, all remittances will be sent through the feral government.

They will forward on to you the portion they feel you deserve.

5 posted on 06/28/2012 12:32:17 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: abigail2

Whatever you call it, a fine or a tax (which by nature both are punitive, and both are used to compel you to do or not do something), are forced coercion under threat of government penalty/punishment.

In effect they are using their power to compel you to buy or not buy something. If you don’t they punish you. How is that not forcing you to buy something. Otherwise something bad will happen to you by the government. If that isn’t de facto forcing you to do something (else bad stuff will occur to you - fines, jail time) I don’t know what is.


6 posted on 06/28/2012 12:33:11 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: abigail2

The most likely next application will be requiring the purchase of “green energy” products. For example, every homeowner must install solar hot water heaters. If they do not, they have to pay a new energy tax.


7 posted on 06/28/2012 12:33:32 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: abigail2

Rush’s take: Roberts has been turned by the Elite argument that his legacy as chief justice would be ruined if he did not vote with the Liberals. How horrifying. How disappointing. His ego trumped his ideaology. It’s now the Little Johnny Roberts Court.


8 posted on 06/28/2012 12:38:03 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: 2harddrive; Admin Moderator; AmericaCitizen; armymarinemom; awake-n-angry; bk1937; Boletus; ...

This article really summed it up for me. I have trouble understanding it all and how to discuss it with the enemy (LOL) if you understand...Hope you like this as well as I did. I emailed it to my email list too... :)


9 posted on 06/28/2012 12:38:26 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

I don’t know if he’s facist or just incredibly weak and unable to say ‘no’ to the ladies...


10 posted on 06/28/2012 12:40:17 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: abigail2

I’m sure a few state’s attorney’s general’s will now find the stones to make “Justice” Roberts get out his pen and provide the Court’s Constitutional definition of just exactly what a tax is....and perhaps he can also find enough gray matter to explain to us why this “special tax” is NOT a “head tax” or a “poll tax”

“A poll tax (head tax or capitation tax, per U.S. English usage) is a tax of a portioned, fixed amount applied to an individual in accordance with the census (as opposed to a percentage of income). When a corvée is commuted for cash payment, in effect it becomes a poll tax (and vice versa, if a poll tax obligation can be worked off). Head taxes were important sources of revenue for many governments from ancient times until the 19th century. There have been several famous (and infamous) cases of head taxes in history, notably a tax formerly required for voting in parts of the United States that was often designed to disenfranchise poor people, including African Americans, Native Americans, and white people of non-English descent (e.g., the Irish). In the United Kingdom, poll taxes were levied by the governments of John of Gaunt in the 14th C., Charles II in the 17th and Margaret Thatcher in the 20th century.

The word poll is an English word that once meant “head” - and still does, in some specialised contexts - hence the name poll tax for a per-person tax”


11 posted on 06/28/2012 12:41:00 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: abigail2

pay for something that 60-70% doesn’t want... by taking the money, under threat of violence, from those same people

good luck with that

JUST SAY NO!
- NReagan


12 posted on 06/28/2012 12:41:09 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: abigail2
The only ones to win are the party's in power. If people think that this is going to be repealed, your nuts. Even with a majority the E-pubs are not going to let this go. You have to understand, he who is in power rules the people. Gov knows those little details about you now that are in data bases etc. They know us real well.

The demorat congressman said after the passing that, "we finally have control over the people". This is the truth. The Gov, no matter who is in charge, have complete control over its people. So tell me, the only thing the sides are going to fight for now is who controls the people.

13 posted on 06/28/2012 12:41:42 PM PDT by luv2ndamend (Same party, different letter.)
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To: abigail2
There is no limit to the reach of the Supreme Court's wild misinterpretation of the Commerce Clause, it seems.

Apparently Adams did not read what Roberts wrote:

Construing the Commerce Clause to permit Congress to regulate individuals precisely because they are doing nothing would open a new and potentially vast domain to congressional authority. Congress already possesses expansive power to regulate what people do. Upholding the Affordable Care Act under the Commerce Clause would give Congress the same license to regulate what people do not do. The Framers knew the difference between doing something and doing nothing. They gave Congress the power to regulate commerce, not to compel it. Ignoring that distinction would undermine the principle that the Federal Government is a government of limited and enumerated powers. The individual mandate thus cannot be sustained under Congress’s power to “regulate Commerce.”

14 posted on 06/28/2012 12:42:09 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Bain Capital would not have bought into Solyndra)
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To: Engineer_Soldier

Or its sad in a funny way...


15 posted on 06/28/2012 12:42:47 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: luv2ndamend
You have to understand, he who is in power rules the people.

And Republicans love power every bit as much as the Rats do.

16 posted on 06/28/2012 12:43:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I can hardly wait, NOT!


17 posted on 06/28/2012 12:44:27 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: abigail2
Thus, the government can force Americans to buy anything it wants by simply characterizing the forced payment as a "tax."

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18 posted on 06/28/2012 12:45:54 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Now we know why he had to hire many more IRS agents and an {”national security” gang to oversee this bill. It has nothing to do with health and everything to do with control


19 posted on 06/28/2012 12:46:41 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Of course!


20 posted on 06/28/2012 12:47:39 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: abigail2
It's worse than that. It says that the power to tax means that they can tax you for anything, even if they can't constitutionally do the thing they are taxing you for. So, the principle applies to all kinds of situations. They can tax you if you own guns. They can tax you if you peaceably assemble. They can tax you if you have opinions they don't like. They can tax you if you have a second child.

You see, they can't stop you from having a second child. But if you do, they can tax you $1 million. After all, it costs society to raise your child.

They can tax you for being Catholic.

They can tax you for posting on Free Republic.

The implications of this decision are mind-boggling.

21 posted on 06/28/2012 12:48:07 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: abigail2
SLAVERY!!!
22 posted on 06/28/2012 12:48:15 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Individual Liberty, R.I.P, 6/28/2012)
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To: mo

“I’m sure a few state’s attorney’s general’s will now find the stones to make “Justice” Roberts get out his pen and provide the Court’s Constitutional definition of just exactly what a tax is....”

Actually, his opinion is rather clear. If the penalty is less than the activity penalized costs, then it’s within the taxing powers of congress. That is true even if congress doesn’t call it a tax and even if the sponsors of the bill deny over and over that it is a tax.

So if a Chevy Volt costs $40,000, a penalty for not buying a Volt of $20,000 passes consitutional muster.

Roberts should hang his head in shame.


23 posted on 06/28/2012 12:49:32 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Michael.SF.
The individual mandate thus cannot be sustained under Congress’s power to “regulate Commerce.”

Whip-de-do. Totally irrelevant. Power is power no matter the Constitutional justification.

Congress, the President will say anything to justify increasing the power of the State over the individual. One can try and rationalize this or that, but the very simple fact is that Liberty was dealt a death blow today.

Roberts clearly and decisively sided with State Power. The "regulate Commerce" phrasing is insulting. We are far beyond such trivialities of language.

We have entered the phase of raw, unbridled power wielded by Men who want to rule over others with an Iron fist.

Liberty is on life support in our Republic.

24 posted on 06/28/2012 12:49:32 PM PDT by sand88
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To: luv2ndamend

Wow, good points...


25 posted on 06/28/2012 12:50:02 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: abigail2
ObamaCare is the first of many Intolerable Acts under the Soetoro Regime that will likely lead to R2/CW2.
26 posted on 06/28/2012 12:50:09 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: abigail2

How long before you can’t buy medicine from Canada? That’s gonna’ be a big hit to a lot of us.


27 posted on 06/28/2012 12:50:34 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( To all my kin: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: dfwgator
"And Republicans love power every bit as much as the Rats do."

We were just ruled meaning less and your rights completely taken away from you. What this does do is make the people part of the prize for winning. People can not grasp what Scotus just did.

28 posted on 06/28/2012 12:50:34 PM PDT by luv2ndamend (Same party, different letter.)
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To: luv2ndamend

Very well stated. BTW, did anyone notice that on the podium from which romney made his speech today had a sign on it stating obamacare - repeal and replace. Replace? Replace? Replace with what exactly? What happened to simply repealing this POS law? People, the most perfect covenant ever conceived on this earth, the US Constitution, was murdered today. It has been on life support for a very long time but today so-called justice roberts (may piss be apon him) pulled the cord and killed it. I only hope that obama will honor his side of the deal and give ole johnny roberts the reach-around.


29 posted on 06/28/2012 12:51:13 PM PDT by DonPaulJonesII (WARNING: Poster does not play well with others!)
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To: Michael.SF.
Apparently Adams did not read what Roberts wrote

I think Adams has a better understanding than you do. What Roberts said is that Congress cannot force the citizenry by law to buy health insurance, but it can coerce the citizenry by taxation to do so. This is a distinction without a difference.

30 posted on 06/28/2012 12:51:32 PM PDT by kevao
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To: abigail2

Just as bad, a part of the majority stated/established that the Constitution allows the federal government the power to tax without limit! Combined with giving .gov the power to COMPEL us to buy something from another individual, this is THE END folks.

If there was any doubt before, it should be clear now. We no longer live in a free country. Thank you ‘Benedict Roberts’.

(it makes me damn near physically ill knowing that KENNEDY was willing to toss out the whole damn thing, and it was ROBERTS that fell in line with the liberals!!!!!!!)


31 posted on 06/28/2012 12:52:24 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Uncle Miltie

“wild misinterpretation of the Commerce Clause”

SC didn’t misinterpret the Commerce Clause, they abolished it.


32 posted on 06/28/2012 12:52:50 PM PDT by privatedrive
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To: Defiant

Good point, reminds me of what Schwartenegger said when he ran for governor...”They tax you when you wake up, they tax you when you buy a coffee, they tax you ...etc etc”


33 posted on 06/28/2012 12:53:06 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: Bubba_Leroy
The most likely next application will be requiring the purchase of “green energy” products. For example, every homeowner must install solar hot water heaters. If they do not, they have to pay a new energy tax.

We need someone to get out in front of this and demand that every household must have a gun....or pay a "tax"

Then, make the penalty for not buying omagube care applicable to one and ALL.

That should slap some sense into these morons who are celebrating this madness.

34 posted on 06/28/2012 12:53:19 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio - http://www.istandwithrush.org/)
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To: Terry Mross

Time to get off our medicine...fhu.com will help you as well as naturalnews.com


35 posted on 06/28/2012 12:55:06 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: Michael.SF.
We have entered the phase of raw, unbridled power wielded by Men who want to rule over others with an Iron fist.

What I mean by above is that the power will not be wielded as done by dictators in the past.

It will be as Mark Levin states, a soft tyranny

The ruling class in D.C. will control our lives in every manner through endless regulations and edicts. They will intimidate us, humiliate us and fine us in order to bend us to their will.

Those doing the bidding of the elites will be enthusiastic people who relish the chance to be sadistic to their fellow citizens. There are large numbers of people who relish being part of such tyranny. It wont be a physical tyranny, but just as evil as any humans have experienced -- for they will take away our humanity.

36 posted on 06/28/2012 12:55:55 PM PDT by sand88
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To: DonPaulJonesII

Its not the federal governments job to provide healthcare.


37 posted on 06/28/2012 12:57:18 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: privatedrive
SC didn’t misinterpret the Commerce Clause, they abolished it.

Exactly. Congress will never again mandate desired behavior by law; now they'll simply compel the citizenry to conform through the coercion of taxation.

38 posted on 06/28/2012 12:58:07 PM PDT by kevao
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To: abigail2
Good afternoon.

Simple as I can say it...

I WILL NOT COMPLY.

5.56mm

39 posted on 06/28/2012 12:58:19 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: abigail2

Look for civil disobedence to make a comeback.


40 posted on 06/28/2012 12:58:46 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

excellent idea!


41 posted on 06/28/2012 1:01:46 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: M Kehoe

Look for more of that to happen. Civil disobedence is going to become real popular.


42 posted on 06/28/2012 1:02:39 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: M Kehoe

Ok, but are you prepared for them having tanks and drones?


43 posted on 06/28/2012 1:03:57 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: DTogo

Sadly, we got a little bit closer to it today.


44 posted on 06/28/2012 1:04:38 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: pabianice

The Chicago Way: find the key decision makers, arrange for a quiet meeting, and ask “how can we make you an offer you can’t refuse?”


45 posted on 06/28/2012 1:04:50 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Defiant

Mark my words, we are closer to a second American revolution.


46 posted on 06/28/2012 1:07:19 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: abigail2

” Now we know why he had to hire many more IRS agents and an {”national security” gang to oversee this bill. It has nothing to do with health and everything to do with control”

That was Obama’s plan all along, and he won.


47 posted on 06/28/2012 1:07:58 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: ModelBreaker
Roberts should hang. his head in shame.

There, fixed.

48 posted on 06/28/2012 1:09:29 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: abigail2

We’re going to get single payer and get ready for Canadian style taxes to pay for it and both the Left and the Right will get behind it just like what happened in Canada. Its just a matter of time now.


49 posted on 06/28/2012 1:10:32 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: abigail2

“The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts, in his majority opinion. “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”

A financial penalty for not buying something is a tax? How so?

How does the Constitution permit such a tax? What was his reasoning?

It appears to me that the SC rewrote the legislation.


50 posted on 06/28/2012 1:11:57 PM PDT by mom.mom
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