Posted on 28-06-2012
Filed Under (Current Affairs) by Rashtrakut

Seconds after the court upheld the individual mandate of Obamacare under the taxing power the Republican outrage machine clicked into full gear accusing Obama of taxing the middle class.  Exhibit A is the video below.

 

Turns out that the Romneybot version 2006 made essentially the same argument:

 

 

Hmm…

The real reason is not hard to figure out.  In a country founded on a tax revolt where the masses of citizenry demand services, but are allergic to paying for it defending legislation under the taxing power can be political suicide.  This is why Republicans like Romneybot (in any version) and Tim Pawlenty twist themselves into pretzels asserting that they never raised taxes…they raised fees.

The mandate is the only part of the bill that is unpopular.  But it is necessary to pay for all the goodies in the bill Americans like and many desperately need.  But the allegedly fiscally conservative party would like to pretend that the goodies can be delivered without any cost…but then again this is the party that deludes itself that tax cuts raise revenue, evidence be damned.

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Posted on 28-06-2012
Filed Under (Current Affairs) by Rashtrakut

LMAO

 

Breaking: Conservatives planning to leave U.S., but can't find wealthy Western democracy without universal health care. #hrc #scotus
@MSignorile
Mike Signorile

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Posted on 28-06-2012
Filed Under (Current Affairs) by Rashtrakut

President Obama’s tyrannical attempt to ensure that the health care access of Americans is not subject to the vicissitudes of the job market or preexisting health conditions survived today after CNN, Faux News and the Huffington Post re-enacted Dewey v. Truman.

A 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John Roberts elected to uphold a bill originally drafted by the conservative Heritage Foundation.  You can read the opinion here.   The court embraced the nonsensical activity-inactivity argument and found the mandate (the only part of the bill that is actually unpopular) unconstitutional under the commerce clause but upheld it under the taxing power.  The bill now survives with the decisive vote of a chief justice appointed by George W. Bush, giving conservatives their new Justice Souter or Justice Blackmun to rail against.

Bozell: Roberts "reputation is forever stained in the eyes of conservatives, and there will be no rehabilitating of it” http://t.co/gYZAEPDI
@TimJGraham
Tim Graham

 

 

Meanwhile Mitt Romney offered a passionate defense of the independent mandate that was the most controversial element of Obamacare.

 

 

Oh wait…that was the last election cycle.

#MittRomney denounces US health law as "bad policy" and pledges to repeal if elected president http://t.co/tihYw9Uz #healthcare
@BBCWorld
BBC News (World)

 

 

This is now a socialist attack on our freedom

This is the greatest destruction of individual liberty since Dred Scott. This is the end of America as we know it. No exaggeration.
@benshapiro
benshapiro

Obama lied to the American people. Again. He said it wasn't a tax. Obama lies; freedom dies.
@SarahPalinUSA
Sarah Palin

Now more than ever: WHAT THE (BLEEP) JUST HAPPENED?
@MonicaCrowley
Monica Crowley

This also means that the Republicans resume their promise to repeal and replace (no idea with what).  It is time for the Democrats to highlight how most of this law is actually popular – once you take Obama’s name off.  Today truly was a pleasant surprise.

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