Monthly Archives: June 2012

The SCOTUS Ruled. So where do we go from here?

I decided not to post an intro to the Constitution video this week.  Apparently I need to take a little break to give the Supreme Court a lesson:

You’ll also want to check out Ben Shapiro’s piece on Breitbart.com where he explains that no on in our government is willing to defend our Constitution.  Now it’s up to you to do it.

Is The ObamaCare Penalty A Tax?




Let’s see. SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts, on Thursday, June 28, 2012, said that ObamaCare was unconstitutional if considered under the US Constitution’s Commerce Clause. His opinion rejects the federal government’s power to regulate inactivity under the Commerce Clause. But he did conclude that the ObamaCare mandate is constitutional if considered a tax. So does that mean that if Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Democrats, and Obama supporters deny that the ObamaCare mandate is a tax, do they admit that it’s unconstitutional?

President Barack Hussein Obama has a real problem here. When campaigning in 2008, he said that no one making under $250,000 per year would not see any new taxes.

I can make a firm pledge: No family making less than $250,000 will see any form of tax increase – not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital-gains taxes, not any of your taxes. And my opponent can’t make that pledge, and here is why: For the first time in American history, John McCain wants to tax your health care benefits.

Ironic, isn’t it? Now Obama’s key legislative achievement has become the single greatest legislative deception in American history. By upholding ObamaCare’s individual mandate as a “tax,” Roberts has labeled Obama the largest tax increase President in the history of the country!

Five SCOTUS Justices argued that, while the fine or penalty imposed by the law for not buying health insurance would otherwise be unconstitutional, the fine is actually legal under Congress’ authority to tax. So the fine is officially a “tax” in the eyes of the Supreme Court.

Now White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is contending that the fine is still just a “penalty” rather than a tax. If Carney is correct, that the fine for not having health insurance is not a tax, isn’t he saying that it is unconstitutional. Try as he (and Obama, and his supporters) may, they can’t have it both ways. We have a name for Obama’s, Pelosi’s, Reid’s, and Carney’s current predicament: Catch 22.

My personal prediction is that, in the next weeks, we will hear some really tortured logic (if you can be generous and call their thought processes logic) from Obama, the White House, and the MSM as they try to simultaneously defend both Obama and ObamaCare. In fact, it has already started. Calling it a “tax” causes political problems for Obama, who vigorously fought that label when campaigning for ObamaCare in 2009. Carney said, “It’s a penalty, because you have a choice. You don’t have a choice to pay your taxes, right?” Mr. Carney, can we consider that by not having a choice, we are forced to pay taxes? Carney also said, “It is not something that you assess like an income tax.”

By declaring that ObamaCare must be considered a tax to be constitutional, Roberts has forced the entitlement state to forgo its pretence that government entitlements are, by their very nature, beneficial, and concede the reality that benefits are, in fact, the application of FORCE to take from some to give to others. And that is the definition of a tax.

But that’s just my opinion.

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Calling All Calligraphers

Are you a calligrapher? You need to apply… Apparently, there’s a strong use for these skills and you could make $90,000 a year. In a day and time when we have the Autopen to sign for the President who would believe there is enough need to have not one, but three calligraphers on staff at the White House. Who knew? It is nice to see that not everything in the White House is high tech.

Have no skills except for making your own bed? Here’s the spot for you. Be a Domestic Assistant and make $42,000 a year.  What does that domestic assistant really do since this list does not include all other domestic staff?  Maybe just make sure there is plenty of tissue in the Oval Office? With unemployment still over 8% there are plenty who would even mop floors for those wages.

Released during a last minute Friday afternoon information dump are the salaries for White House employees. The administration brags that the numbers are lower than in 2009 perhaps forgetting to note the payroll did grow $700,000 from last year. In a time when this administration wants to make significant cuts to our military it appears there is room for adjustment within the White House itself.  (Want to read more on how much it costs to operate the White House. Here’s a 2008 publication on just this subject: To Serve the President)

I don’t know about you, but I’d just like to be a special assistant, not to anyone in particular, and be paid $70,000. I could do it. In fact, as unemployment continues to be an issue perhaps Team Obama is right; the best jobs are in the government.

Sign me up.

And just what do we get for our “tax”

When Americans pay the gas tax, they assume (wrongfully) that the money is going to roads and  bridges upon which they will drive their cars. As we approach 2016 and Obamacare’s taxes for not having insurance approach $700 per person, what exactly do voters get for that money?

The “tax”, as the Supreme Court ruled, isn’t just assessable when someone fails to purchase health insurance. Americans must also pay the tax if they buy health insurance deemed unacceptable to the government. Plans like high-deductible health plans with health savings accounts won’t be allowed under the new law and cost-savvy health consumers will no longer have that lower-cost option without also paying the Obamacare tax.

In 2014 the tax starts out small – just 1% of income or $95 whichever is greater. In 2015 it goes up to 2% of income or $395 per person per year. In 2016 it grows to $695 per person per year and grows every year after that using the government’s flawed inflation calculations.

Many Americans are considering just paying the tax so that they can avoid the over-insurance present in Obamacare.  The premiums of the plans on the exchanges will be exorbitant in order to pay for those that just pay the tax and only get insurance when they get sick or hurt – we’ll call those free-riders. This is possible due to the pre-existing conditions clauses in Obamacare that prevents insurance companies from charging someone more or denying coverage to someone that already has a condition prior to first premium payment.

Those choosing the penalty tax versus paying for insurance they don’t want or need are weighing the options and might even feel that they are getting one over on the government. Paying $695/yr so that they don’t have to pay$450+ month for an overly-rich, government-prescribed health care plan sound financially well-thought – until a fundamental question is asked: What do you get for your $695/yr? NOTHING!

The government has found a way to get employers and citizens to give it money for nothing. You don’t get better roads or bridges, better hospitals or a new playground at your children’s school. You don’t even get better healthcare. You get.. bubkiss, nada, zilch, zero… And some are happy to do it!

Obama didn’t completely lie. He said that if we liked our health coverage we could keep it. Unfortunately, he forgot to mention that we might have to pay almost $700 per year per person to keep that privilege.

 

WTF?

Like a puppy who hasn’t quite got the hang of potty training yet, the administration is still struggling with decorum and behavior befitting the office of the presidency.

In a move best described as presidential potty mouth, the official twitter account of President Barack Obama posted “Still a BFD” hours after the ruling on the Affordable Health Care Act, obviously referring to the hot-mic incident at the bill’s signing. Vice President Joe Biden displayed a little diarrhea of the mouth whispering, “this is a big f—ing deal,” on live television.

Apparently, the official “tweeter” for the president failed to see the backlash from a social media faux pas courtesy of Democrat National Committee Executive Director Patrick Gaspard that occurred earlier in the day. Several hours before the president’s juvenile tweet, Gaspard took to Twitter to gloat saying, “it’s constitutional. B-tch-s.”

Gaspard later apologized, but the obnoxious statement had already been re-tweeted over 1,500 times.

Keeping the lack of class and complete disrespect for the office of the presidency going, Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina proceeded to send a hasty email from the official campaign address just a few hours later with the subject line, “Let’s win the d-mn election.” The short content of the message repeated the vulgarity as if to prove beyond doubt the act was intentional and well-thought.

Perhaps the president, his campaign staff and the DNC could take a manners class to learn proper language and respect. In the meantime, I’ll continue to line my new puppy’s crate with the newspaper stories about the presidential potty mouth. I’d be willing to bet he’ll be potty trained faster than the president can fix his behavior.

Obama: Soldiers NEED TO PAY MORE

Is there any group in this country more deserving of  our help and consideration than the military?  And yet, this week President Obama threatened to veto the Defense Appropriations bill because it did not increase fees charged for medical care to our soldiers and their families.

The Washington Review and Commentary Weekly News From The White House, dated June 28, 2012,contains a laundry list of appropriations with which the administration disagrees. It should be noted, the appropriations bill passed easily in a bipartisan fashion. The president’s budget plan wanted to cut nearly $2Billion in expense from TriCare through increased fees to military personnel. The House passed bill was slightly larger than the administration proposal (less than 1%) but made spending cuts in the non-defense discretionary budget in order to lesson the impact particularly to the military staff.

In February it was reported that the administration planned to cut health benefits for active and retired military while not adjusting benefits of the civil defense workers who are unionized. At the time, congressional aides suggested the move was intended to force service members into Obamacare.

 

 

We send our service men and women out to protect us and our country. Does it make sense that we place less value on their services than we do the civil defense force? Or is this another opportunity for this administration to side with unions?

 

Waivers Render Executive Order A Toothless Tiger

President Barack Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA.) on July 1, 2010.  The law’s purpose was to convince the Iranian Government to comply with its full range of nuclear obligations, and engage in constructive negotiations on the future of its nuclear program.

On November 21, 2011, Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13590. That EO called for sanctions on ANY entity (see Section 5) doing business with Iran, specifically buying Iranian oil. The sanctions were designed to affect financial institutions that conduct transactions with Iran’s central bank for the sale or purchase of petroleum and related products.

On April 26, 2012, Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs at the Congressional Research Service, provided “Sanctions Targeting Foreign Energy Involvement in Iran: The Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), CISADA, and a November 2011 Executive Order” for Congress. In his report, Katzman says, “The President has had the authority under ISA to waive sanctions if he certifies that doing so is important to the U.S. national interest. CISADA changed the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) waiver standard to ‘necessary’ to the national interest.” (page 6)

Well, I guess issuing waivers has, in Obama’s mind, become necessary. In an announcement largely overshadowed by the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday, June 28, 2012, that the Obama administration was exempting China from sanctions called for in EO 13590 for continuing to buy Iran’s oil.

China’s imports of Iranian oil did decline substantially between January and May, 2012. The decline was attributed to a contract dispute between China’s state-controlled Sinopec and Iran’s National Iranian Oil Co. But when that dispute was resolved, China’s imports of Iranian crude rose again by 34.5 percent. Coincidence? You decide.

House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL) said, “The administration likes to pat itself on the back for supposedly being strong on Iran sanctions. But actions speak louder than words, and today the administration has granted a free pass to Iran’s biggest enabler, China, which purchases more Iranian crude than any other country.”

Since March, 2012, a total of twenty waivers have been granted, including top Iran customers China, Japan, India, South Korea and Italy.

The signing of EO 13590 was widely covered by the MSM, predicting the new sanctions reflect an increasingly Trans-Atlantic response to Iran. The MSM predicted an expansion of the reach of existing sanctions and their potential impact on companies worldwide that interact with Iran’s financial and petroleum sectors. But with granting of waivers, EO 13590 has become a “toothless tiger,” a fact that the MSM has chosen to ignore.

But that’s just my opinion.

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obamacare: Tip of the Iceberg

Since the ruling by the United States Supreme Court on Thursday, June 28, 2012, the big news in America has been how the obama administration, then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid misrepresented the legislation to Congress, the Senate and the public.

It was consistently presented as a cost saving measure that would reduce the size of U.S. national deficits, thus helping pay down the debt, while improving the quality and lowering the costs of healthcare. Insurance premiums would be reduced.  It would provide coverage for uninsured millions.  If you liked the doctor and healthcare plan you had, you would be able to keep them.

Regrettably for American Citizens, with the exception of covering additional people, none of the rest was ever true.  It will add to the deficit and to the debt.  The quality and availability of healthcare will go down.  Existing doctors will retire and fewer prospective doctors will enter medical practice since the rewards will be outstripped by the costs of a medical education.  Insurance premiums have been will continue to rise, leading employers to drop coverage for employees, thereby adding to the likelihood that both your doctor and your plan will change.

It was never explained how a system cited as being too expensive was going to fund a new federal bureaucracy, start covering more people with the same number of facilities and personnel at a lower cost, while saving the nation trillions of dollars.

Now, we  know – Obama, Pelosi, Reid and company all lied. 

Especially President Obama, who repeatedly pledged to Americans making less than $250,000 that their taxes would never go up.  Not their income tax, not their payroll tax, not their capital gains tax.  None of those taxes would go up, not by one single dime, ever.

The truth is revealed: obamacare: Seven New Taxes on Citizens Earning Less than $250,000

It doesn’t stop there.  Attacks have been made on religious liberties. See healthcare mandate on contraception in religious affiliated institutions:

There have been assaults on freedom of the press. See White House and Media Matters coordinate attacks on FOX News:

Egregious though these examples may be, in the big picture they are only the tip of the iceberg.

•He has violated the individual liberties of all Americans by imposing forced participation in a government healthcare regulatory system without their consent.

•He has collaborated with his Attorney General to ignore equal protection under the law in favor of selective protections based upon arbitrary factors.

•He has violated American bankruptcy laws by willfully denying secured bond holders first payment, in favor of unsecured political supporters.

•He has violated the Constitution by accepting the position of Chairmanship of the UN Security Council.

•He has ignored the Constitutional separation of power by appointing “czars” to oversee matters that are intended to be handled by the legislative branch of the government.

•He has violated the First Amendment right to freedom of the press, by attacking television and radio networks, stations and broadcasters while attempting censorship.

•He has violated the individual’s right to free speech through creation of an email address to report Citizens in a blatant attempt to silence dissent through intimidation.

•He has violated the Law by ignoring the War Powers Act and engaging the United States military in overseas hostilities without the consent of Congress.

•He has violated the First Amendment by attempting to impose restrictions on free speech through implementation of Net Neutrality by the FCC.

•He has endeavored to interfere in the free market through the imposition of The Clean Energy and Security Act, which mandates carbon emissions be reduced to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, 42 percent by 2030, and 84 percent by 2050. By 2020, this tax will extract an estimated $160 billion from the economy, or an average $1,870 per family.

•He has violated the Constitution by having the government offer $4,500 rebates to people for turning in older motor vehicles for newer vehicles

•He has interfered in America’s free market by having the National Labor Relations Board sue a privately owned company for planning to open for business in a State that protects an employee’s ability to work free of forced union membership.

•He has interfered in the free market by imposing restrictions and regulations on petroleum, natural gas and coal production in the United States.

•He has abandoned enforcing the security of American borders and protected illegal immigrants from prosecution for violation of immigration laws:

•He has abandoned and insulted our most enduring and faithful allies through speech and action, the most glaring among these being placing the State of Israel on the list of nations that foster terrorism.

•He has sought to impose additional taxes on America without the people’s Consent.

•For depriving American Citizens in some cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.

•For transferring billions of dollars to enemies of the United States through Foreign Aid.

•For ignoring the Constitutional separation of powers by publicly attacking the Supreme Court of the United States.

•For attacking America’s bedrock family values by ordering the Department of Justice to not defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

•For repeated attacks upon America’s Christian foundation.

•For repeatedly slandering American Citizens with false accusations of racism, violent tendencies and hatred.

•For grossly accelerating and increasing the amount of America’s debt through passage of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, which had negligible effect on unemployment, sent billions of dollars overseas and wasted billions domestically by lining the pockets of political cronies while bailing out States guilty of practicing irresponsible budgetary policies.

•For putting America and America’s allies at greater risk through cancellation of missile defense systems.

•For expanding the need for enormous increases in government borrowing,

•For collaborating with his Attorney General to try enemy combatants in civilian Courts.

•For collaborating with his Attorney General and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in the implementation of operation Fast and Furious, which has been implicated in the murder of American Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

•For devaluing America’s currency by engaging in the practice of Quantitative Easing, allowing the Federal Reserve to purchase trillions of dollars of our national debt.

The list could continue.

A president, whose character is thus marked by acts which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to govern a free people.

Remember.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/obamacare-tip-of-the-iceberg/

Americans For Prosperity Responds to the ObamaTax

The Taxman

Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity, held an emergency conference call this morning detailing the new ad in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare as constitutional.  However, it is constitutional only if Congress taxes the uninsured at a higher rate.  Given that this law fundamentally changes the dynamics of our government, AFP went into rapid response mode.  The new ad, appropriately named “Not a Tax Increase,” will be shown in Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  This is part of a concerted social media effort to pressure the administration on the merits of government run health care.  Facebook and Twitter will be heavily utilized and grassroots operations and rallies are being coordinated and executed throughout the country.

Yesterday, rallies in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,  Waukesha, Wisconsin, Montana, and Nevada were held in the hopes that the bill would be declared unconstitutional and for free market supporters to lend their voice in the ongoing effort to stop the Obama agenda.  Mr. Phillips reiterated the polls showing that a majority of Americans are dissatisfied with the law and how independent voters find it politically unpalatable.  Hence, the reason why the president wants to move on and refuse to talk further on the legality of the takeover.

Mr. Phillips and the rest of the pro-free marketers at AFP will not back down.  They plan to work with other like-minded organizations to change narrative, fight for full repeal, and expose this bill as one of the largest tax increases in our history.  A direct contradiction to Obama’s campaign pledge to not to raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000 a year.  Furthermore, the president has gone on record to say that this takeover is not a tax increase.  This provides AFP with an opportunity to expose this broken promise in the Obama campaign and continue their efforts in educating and informing the public about economic freedom and  limited government.  We simply lost this round, but public opinion is shiftable sand and tomorrow is a new day.  We’re not down. We’ve  just entered the next phase in our war with the institutional left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSNBC’s ‘The Cycle’ Spins Mandatory Voting As Good For America

Krystal Ball of MSNBC’s The Cycle

The day before the Supreme Court ruled ObamaCare’s individual mandate constitutional — as a tax, not as an exercise of the commerce clause — the mostly-liberal panel at the brand-new 3 p.m. program The Cycle explored the question of what, in the view of the panelists, that government should consider making Americans do against their will.

For her part, panelist Krystal Ball insisted that America should be more like Australia, which forces its citizens to vote in it federal elections or else to pay a fine. Unsurprisingly, Ball’s fellow liberal panelists Toure Neblett, and Steve Kornacki were sympathetic to the proposal, with only conservative panelist S.E. Cupp denouncing it as antithetical to the notion of political liberty.

Ball, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2010 in a safely Republican district,  stated that such a measure would mitigate the influence of money in politics and lead to a more “representative democracy.”  Furthermore, Ball stated that the absence of money in our elections would decrease grassroots operations aimed at suppressing the vote.

Salon.com’s Steve Kornacki agreed stating that it will lessen the nasty side of campaigning which seeks to turn out voters who are favorable to your side while discouraging voters favorable to your opponent. Toure, the inimitable 9/11 truther, also agreed and said that Election Day should be a national holiday and that voter registration should be mandatory as well.

Cupp was the only voice of reason stating that apathy isn’t nor should be a crime. Conservative columnist  Jonah Goldberg agreed. In response to former Obama budget director Peter Orszag, who holds the same position, Goldberg wrote in the National Review on June 27 that:

One of the chief benefits of coerced voting, according to Orszag, is that it increases participation. Well, yes, and kidnapping drunks in pubs increased the ranks of the British navy, but it didn’t turn the conscripted sailors into patriots.

There was also an inane notion that a lottery and cash prize for people to incentivize them to vote was a free market initiative.

Goldberg slams this and the utopian mindset that this mandatory voter participation would create a more “representative democracy.”  In fact, as Goldberg states, “… fining people, say $15, if they don’t vote and using the proceeds to set up a lottery to bribe reluctant voters. If the old line that lotteries are taxes on stupid people is correct, then the upshot of this proposal is that the cure to what ails democracy is an influx of large numbers of stupid voters.”

Sorry Krystal, but incentivizing people to vote with the carrot of a lottery and the stick of a fine doesn’t make it a free-market initiative, because free markets by definition are marked by freely-contracted exchange, not government coercion and subsidy.

 

Obama Man

A song by by comedian Greg Morton. The more he talks about how much Obama CAN, the more obvious it is Obama CAN’T! So much for that hope and change!