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Why is this man smirking?

Why is this man smirking?

For John Roberts was right: in the law’s practical effect, it is a tax, only a tax, and nothing but a tax — and if you think it’s going to fund “health care” for the lame, the halt and the blind, you’re out of your mind. The gullible, naive and the mendacious may not be able to discriminate between “health care” and “insurance,” but that was exactly what Obama was counting on when he sold — barely — his apparatchiks in Congress on the notion that Barrycare would only add to the sum total of human happiness by taking care of the neediest and blah blah blah your doctor, period. That doesn’t make Roberts’ cowardly decision good — he had a chance to put a stake through the PPACA’s heart once and for all, and he choked.  It’s a decision that will live in Supreme Court infamy until the day the act is repealed.

As the dissent (which, recall, apparently was for a time the majority opinion) noted:

What the Government would have us believe in these cases is that the very same textual indications that show this is not a tax under the Anti-Injunction Act show that it is a tax under the Constitution. That carries verbal wizardry too far, deep into the forbidden land of the sophists…

The Court today decides to save a statute Congress did not write. It rules that what the statute declares to be a requirement with a penalty is instead an option subject to a tax…

In other words, the entire flim-flam was a bright, shining lie all along, made possible by the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party and its GOP wing’s continuing complicity in perpetuating the fraud.  Remember, “universal health care” has been dream of the Regressives since Bismarck and Woodrow Wilson were pups, and now they have it. Make them own it, and destroy them with it.

We used to think that changing Congress meant changing which party controlled it. Now we know better. Real change can’t begin until the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party is gone. Fundamental transformation works both ways, and two can play at that game.

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Judge Roberts decision was ludicrously wrong. The constitution grants the federal government the power to levy 3 kinds of taxes. First are direct taxes, where every citizen of a state pays the same amount. Second are excise taxes which are taxes upon goods. And third are income taxes. The Obamacare tax/fine is quite obviously none of the above , being a tax upon failure to purchase a good. Consequently the federal government has no power to levy it. Roberts is a lawless moron.
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Actually I think the Chief Justice did the rest of us a favor. He showed us that we get exactly the government we vote for. I have a family full of ardent ObamaBots and boy has it been quiet around here since they found out what they are going to have to pay for insurance now that they have a few dependents. Nothing like having some parasites instead of being one.
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and it’s very, very bad, a direct assault on the most fundamental freedom Americans used to enjoy, which was the freedom to be left alone by the federal government.

This is of course the problem.

If the government wants to take fifty billion bucks a year and set up free walk-in clinics for whoever wants them, I'd say OK. Just leave everything else alone. It will adjust, and probably for the better.

The problem is with the details of Obamacare, virtually every one is intrusive, abusive, expensive, and guaranteed to fail.

And thanks for quoting that five cent cigar thing, I thought I was the only living person who still remembered the phrase.
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I really liked the part about the "Fusion Party". I have been calling the Republican establishment the "Democrat Lite" Party. If we are going to "hell in a hand basket", the exact speed of the descent hardly matters.
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Well said, Mr. Walsh.
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ObamaCare is set up to encourage fraud, it is by design.

They want their voter base to engage in fraud so that they can hang it over their heads at election time. Nothing will give their voters skin in the game like a potential Federal fraud indictment should the Dem's ever lose power.
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All we need to fix everything and make the nation a utopia is a tax on liberals. I suggest a flat rate of 110% for those making more than $1 a year.

The benefits are two-fold. First we can redistribute all the money back to those who actually earned it and second, we'll soon be rid of liberals.

If you want less of something, tax it.
37 weeks ago
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Michael, in your previous article on John McCain "American 'Hero'", you wrote:

"...But like all torture victims, he eventually broke and signed a forced “confession,”..."

I would just like to note that Col. Leo Thorsness NEVER confessed in the almost 6-yrs of confinement and torture that he endured.
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Judge Roberts decision was ludicrously wrong. The constitution grants the federal government the power to levy 3 kinds of taxes. First are direct taxes, where every citizen of a state pays the same amount. Second are excise taxes which are taxes upon goods. And third are income taxes. The Obamacare tax/fine is quite obviously none of the above , being a tax upon failure to purchase a good. Consequently the federal government has no power to levy it. Roberts is a lawless moron.
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You are not the first to note that this so called tax is not an apportioned tax and hence is illegal. The hard part to understand is why Roberts went to such great lengths to justify it as a tax and then allowed it to stand as an unconstitutional tax.
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"It’s a decision that will live in Supreme Court infamy until the day the act is repealed."

What on God's green earth makes you think that enough voters are going to go Republican in '16 to repeal this monstrosity, or that you'll actually find Republicans with a better idea than "oh shucks, let's just expand Medicare" at that point?

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Look, we don't need no bleeping Congress! They don't bother to read the bills they enact. They don't bother with a proper budget. They don't do serious oversight, specially of mis-, mal, and non-feasance. Send them all home for good. Have the coronation regalia of the Emperor Bokassa sent over and crown the Divine Barack,Emperor and Saviour of all the Earth. Why not? We couldn't be worse governed than we already are. the Constitution? To Hell with the Constitution! Ain't we got the power? sarc off
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How Big Business Crushed Washington’s GMO Labeling Effort Food and agriculture corporations with a stake in the outcome of Washington state’s Initiative 522 poured millions into the ‘no’ campaign. By Trisha Marczak | November 11, 2013

http://www.mintpressnews.com/how-big-business-crushed-washingtons-gmo-labeling-effort/172291/
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What has this got to do with the subject under discussion?
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How are the intern wages at MMFA and OFA these days? Askin' for a friend...
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