Skip to comments.Obama, SCOTUS, Taxes and Your Freedoms
Posted on 07/03/2012 3:42:07 AM PDT by Kaslin
Last Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold Obamacare's individual mandate (indictment) to collect more taxes from you and me. President Barack Obama's taxation shell game, which flies in the face of the freedoms we celebrate this week, is just one more reason his presidency and Obamacare need to be overturned this November.
Chief Justice John Roberts wasn't kidding when he offered the commentary about the court's ruling: "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices." Obamacare is taxation unleashed!
Despite the fact that in 2009, Obama repeatedly denied to ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos that Obamacare's individual mandate was equated with increased taxes, the Supreme Court defined the legislation as just that -- more taxation.
When Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was asked by a reporter whether the financial penalty for not complying with Obamacare's individual mandate is, in fact, a tax, she retorted: "Call it what you will. ... This is a very good thing for the American people."
Pelosi, who helped Obama ramrod the legislation, and Obama were frolicking like two kids in a candy store when they learned about the hallmark SCOTUS decision. But I doubt that middle-class taxpayers will be so ecstatic when they are footing the bill every year for another socialized medicine program.
On Thursday, CNN even confessed: "In 2014, the penalty (for not having medical insurance) will be no more than $285 per family or 1 percent of income, whichever is greater. In 2015, the cap rises to $975 or 2 percent of income. And by 2016, the penalty would be up to $2,085 per family or 2.5 percent of income, whichever is greater."
Bloomberg reported: "Some of the largest levies and fees in the 2010 law take effect in 2013. In all, the law is projected to raise an estimated $813 billion in revenue over 10 years to help pay for the expansion of insurance coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That figure includes penalties under the individual mandate, which the court ruled is constitutional under Congress' taxing power."
The fact is that behind closed doors with the Supreme Court justices and out of view of the public, the legal teams from the Obama administration pitched Obamacare as a tax. Obama and his legal eagles lied to the public to get the legislation passed on Capitol Hill and then described it as a tax to pass it before SCOTUS. They knew that the court knows that the Constitution gives Congress the power to tax in order to carry out its duties, and that was their ticket to manipulate their way to victory.
On March 26, the first day of Obamacare arguments before the Supreme Court, Fox News reported that a top Obama lawyer was chided by the justices for calling the fine for not purchasing insurance both a "penalty" and a "tax."
Even U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli repeatedly used the phrase "tax penalty" to describe noncompliance with the individual mandate. Then Justice Samuel Alito rebuffed, "General Verrilli, today you are arguing that the penalty is not a tax. Tomorrow you are going to be back, and you will be arguing that the penalty is a tax."
Verrilli answered Justice Elena Kagan's question of whether noncompliance with the individual mandate would result in breaking the law by saying that if people "pay the tax, then they are in compliance with the law." That reference caught the attention of Justice Stephen Breyer, who interjected, "Why do you keep saying tax?"
To require people to pay a penalty for not buying health insurance is a tax. And I vehemently disagree with Pelosi that Obamacare's new taxes are "a very good thing for the American people" -- in or out of a recession -- simply because more government regulations and taxation restrict our freedoms and pocketbooks.
The actions of Obama's federal government are diametrically opposed to those of America's Framers, who adopted the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, who penned the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, wrote roughly 40 years later, in 1816, to Samuel Kercheval:
"We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes; have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers."
Does that not describe Obama's fundamental transformation of America to a T?
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“It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
It is your job to see hat the Constitution is not violated.
You not only did not do your job, you helped in the violation, you sorry piece of dung.
And then you have the temerity to smile and say what is and isn’t your job.
BEHOLD THE GOPs CHAMPION = MR.ROMNEYCARE
IMPOSING OBAMACARE AND RomneyDEATHPANELS.
“America HATES ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE.”
Yeah....well. The DC RinoCracy hates all them Americans out in FlyOver Country who just won’t sit down and shut up and leave the CommieCrats alone to do their jobs!!!!
What the hell does that mean?
Roberts was the one who unleashed it, right? His Opinion flat out states the following about Congress's power to tax under I.8.1:
Put simply, Congress may tax and spend. This grant gives the Federal Government considerable influence even in areas where it cannot directly regulate. The Federal Government may enact a tax on an activity that it cannot authorize, forbid, or otherwise control.  And in exercising its spending power, Congress may offer funds to the States, and may condition those offers on compliance with specified conditions.
Obama the Muslim hates Whitey, old people and (especially) America.
He's absolutely right about this.
How can any judge take a case seriously when the law in question is challenged by 28 separate states even though it was passed in the U.S. Senate by a 60-39 margin?
I'm sure Chief Justice Roberts agrees that ObamaCare is unconstitutional. It's just that it's not unconstitutional on the grounds that were the basis of THIS legal challenge. Nobody has the legal standing to challenge the individual mandate, for example, because it hasn't been implemented yet. THIS is the sort of thing that someone with a solid legal background has to keep in mind when deciding a case like this.
Personally, I think ObamaCare is so full of holes that it won't even last until 2014 with all of its provisions intact.
Yes, Obama is a Marxist and Pelosi is a kook, but we knew that in 2008 when the American Electorate decided it was a good idea to hire a neophyte community organizer to run the Executive branch of the US Government. Yes, liberals are the enemy of liberty and freedom, and ObamaCare is a huge power grab by the Dems, but is that really the story from the Healthcare ruling?
For the last several days all I have heard was defense of John Roberts as a Conservative looking at the “big picture” and protecting the legacy of the Supreme Court. Hogwash. Roberts is a spineless coward who rather then protect the Constitution decided instead to find ways to make support the rape of individual liberty. I no longer live in a free nation. We are no different then Red China, Cuba or any other nation where individuals can be punished for not behaving as the state dictates. Roberts is nothing less than the coward who sold out the American dream rather then take a principled stand.
The George Bush legacy is complete. Massive federal spending, ballooning federal deficits, the end of Capitalism as we know it, huge intrusions into liberties and freedoms in the name of “keeping us safe” and now ... a total fail on selection of Chief Justice for the Supreme Court.
I agree with all the arguments against Obama, the Liberals and for all they stand. They are the enemy, but are the Republicans really any different? Mitt Romney is now savior of the Republic? The father of ObamaCare? It has come to that? Really?!?!
Sorry for the rant, but I am tired of the cheer leading for the Republican Party. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney and John Roberts. All “republicans” and not a spine found among them. This 4th of July while others celebrate the birth of a great nation I will mourn the loss of our liberty and freedom.
If it was possible I would hope that there would be a massive mutiny in the GOP ranks, a massive grass roots turnout forcing a revised version on POTUS nomination.
Bring back a level new playing field, Palin, Cain, Santorum, Newt and other conservative favorites have an EQUAL chance of competition.
Due it because of a national emergency.The no confidence of Romney for starters, he sees Obamacare as a giant golden opportunity of power over lesser man, he is too weak to have that control.
Mutiny is called for the SS GOP, its time the passengers find a Captain they have faith in.
Does anyone know if Roberts can change his mind on this and reverse the ruling?
He can be petioned to reconsider for 25 days after the ruling.
It won’t happen, and he wouldn’t change it anyway. The conservatives on the court were begging him for a month to change his vote.
Time to TAKE AMERICA BACK!
I wonder, at what % of taxation does one become a slave to therefor be UnConstitutional?
We’re already above 50%; what’s the limit?!
SCOTUS is made up of nine justices. They’ve made their collective decision, 5-4, and another Roberts conversion cannot change that.