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Once again, the executive branch has unilaterally announced a change to the Affordable Care Act, this time by granting yet another delay to the mandate requiring certain-sized employers to offer health insurance. Per the Wall Street Journal:

Under the new Treasury rule, firms with 50 to 99 full-time workers are free from the mandate until 2016. And firms with 100 or more workers now also only need cover 70% of full-time workers in 2015 and 95% in 2016 and after, not the 100% specified in the law.

The new rule also relaxes the mandate for certain occupations and industries that were at particular risk for disruption, like volunteer firefighters, teachers, adjunct faculty members and seasonal employees. Oh, and the Treasury also notes that, “As these limited transition rules take effect, we will consider whether it is necessary to further extend any of them beyond 2015.”

Quite simply, the Treasury cannot do this. Most citizens of the libertarian or conservative persuasion do not need to be informed that this is the case, knowing that the legislative branch is granted the ability to legislate. The Founders were clear on this — it’s not just the ambiguously purposed “Congress,” but “the legislative branch.” Accordingly, the uproar has been steady from the right regarding each one of the president’s issuances that have successfully changed the enforcement of the ACA.

But citizens of a leftist slant — and most importantly, this population includes the majority of what we refer to as popular culture, in addition to the executive Branch and the Senate — have responded to the lawlessness based on whether or not the decrees appear sensible. Note the latest from Ron Fournier of the National Journal, an ACA cheerleader:

Advocates for a strong executive branch, including me, have given the White House a pass on its rule-making authority, because implementing such a complicated law requires flexibility. But the law may be getting stretched to the point of breaking. Think of the ACA as a game of Jenga: Adjust one piece and the rest are affected; adjust too many and it falls.

If not illegal, the changes are fueling suspicion among Obama-loathing conservatives, and confusion among the rest of us. Even the law’s most fervent supporters are frustrated.

How could Mr. Fournier believe that the involvement of the legislative branch in the changing of a law is dependent on whether or not the bill is “complicated”? To whom? It’s an illogical, irrational stance.

“The law may be getting stretched to the point of breaking”? Huh? To Mr. Fournier, the enforcement of our nation’s laws — all of which should exist to defend the individual’s life, liberty, and property — do not commence until a critical of mass of leftists say: “Dude. Enough already.”

Culture encompasses more than entertainment. Obama has successfully altered a law without a congressional vote and without fear of judicial action because our culture cannot produce the will to secure the individual’s rights in these instances. Law enforcement is hamstrung by culture and always will be; the only solution is to foster a culture of laws, not men.

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Well, first we try to reason with our representatives. I'm about done trying.

Second, we work to vote them out. I'm all over this.

Third: 'When in the course of human events...'
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He has altered this law countless times, and altered enforcement of countless other laws.
We have a completely lawless government now. Citizens no longer have ANY rights, except those granted at the whim of that government.
WHY are our own "representatives" not standing up for the people?
And what are we going to do about it?
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Well, I have deferred the following laws:
1. Shoveling snow into my own yard. It now goes in the street. Screw 'em.
2. Sorting my garbage and recycling. Screw 'em.
3. Obeying red lights late at night. My vision and reflexes are as good as a member of the sacred blue army, and they stop, look and run through, so I will too.
4. Public drinking here in NY. F' em. I fill a flask and act like it's Mardi Gras.
5. Picking up my dogs' crap. Unless it's in someone's yard.
6. Destroying my magazines over ten rounds. Hell, they're in someone else's yard!
7. And now the omnibus: I am now, in my fifties, after a lifetime of following the law to the letter, now only following the Ten Commandments. And they do not mention taxes, guns, drugs, garbage or traffic signals.
The fish rots from the head back.
We can ALL be members of the ruling elite immediately. Just do it.
5.
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Mr Steinberg...you sir are wrong when you say, "Our culture cannot produce the will to secure the individuals rights." We know we cannot think for one second that we could petition the DOJ, (Holder), to protect our rights! But!....What is stopping a well schooled Constitutional Attorney from using you and me, etc. as plaintiffs in a suit to challenge it, and stop it??? On the other hand..should a TRUE conservative win in 2016...he could and should use the same tactics in dismantling this abomidible law!!!
36 weeks ago
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The ends justify the means. When you do that you live by the sword, and will die by it, too. Simply means that if you are results oriented and fail in that fashion, then you are doomed.
36 weeks ago
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So when will the GOP bring charges?

Oh, wait a minute . . . I was dreaming again. Never mind.
36 weeks ago
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'the only solution is to foster a culture of laws, not men'
I'm sorry It is 100 years too late for that. if the writer thinks the collectivist left will give up control of the culture without bloodshed he is dreaming.
36 weeks ago
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I have heard this very thing from a LIV, Democrat friend:

'They're just necessary adjustments..."
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
He has altered this law countless times, and altered enforcement of countless other laws.
We have a completely lawless government now. Citizens no longer have ANY rights, except those granted at the whim of that government.
WHY are our own "representatives" not standing up for the people?
And what are we going to do about it?
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well, first we try to reason with our representatives. I'm about done trying.

Second, we work to vote them out. I'm all over this.

Third: 'When in the course of human events...'
36 weeks ago
36 weeks ago Link To Comment
Point number 3 is all that's really left. The first two have not been working. I've only missed one election in 40 years. I've learned that most people just vote for the name they recognize, or for/against an issue if it 'sounds good'. I've written to senators and congresscritters. I get form letters in return, if anything.
So until enough people start to rise up, live subversively. And joyfully.
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