Monday, July 02, 2012

This Week's Watcher's Forum:What's Your Reaction To The Supreme Court Decision On ObamaCare?

The Supreme Court finally ruled on the constitutionality of ObamaCare, with Chief Justice John Roberts apparently switching his vote at the last minute to break with the originalists and conservatives on the Court to uphold the individual mandate as a 'tax'. The Council and our invited guests weigh in:

Robert Avrech from Seraphic Secret: Massive migraine. Let me add a more serious thought, a d'var Torah:

After King Solomon died, his son Reẖav'am ascended to kingship over Israel. Led by Jerobam, the people begged the new king to lessen the burden of taxes.

The new king declared:

"Whereas my father laid upon you a heavy yoke, so shall I add tenfold thereto. Whereas my father chastised (tortured) you with whips, so shall I chastise you with scorpions. For my littlest finger is thicker than my father's loins; and your backs, which bent like reeds at my father's touch, shall break like straws at my own touch."

In short, more taxes.

The people, led by Jeroboam, rebelled with ten tribes breaking away from the Israelite confederation.

Ultimately this led to the downfall of the First Jewish Commonwealth.

The Noisy Room: After I got over the shock of the ruling, I felt intense anger at being betrayed. Justice Robert's surely screwed the pooch on this one. He was either threatened or he is a Progressive coward and I think it is the latter. I have listened to others who want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I'm sorry. I just can't. He knowingly ruled that Obamacare is a tax and that the government has the power to tax which is constitutional. Let's forget that the 16th Amendment should be repealed for a moment. The Supreme Court just gave the good-to-go nod for Obama to implement the largest tax in American history. One that if put into use will surely break the back of a once great nation. It also gives the government absolute authority to compel just about any action using taxation as a weapon and the IRS as their jack booted thuggish army. How very Atlas Shrugged. How very Marxist.

The only up side is this will energize and motivate conservatives to get out the vote. The Tea Party and constitutional conservatives will not let this pass - it could be that Roberts has just ensured a landslide victory for Romney. We must elect Romney and get control of the Senate, as well as get more Tea Party candidates into the House. If we don't, America as a free country is over.

Joshuapundit: I find it fascinating that this was such a poorly made law that it actually had to essentially be rewritten to pass muster as a 'tax'. Except it doesn't, really, since the Constitution's quite specific about what kinds of taxes the federal government may levy(capitat or head tax, excise taxes or income taxes, per the 16th Amendment) and this isn't any of those. Apparently anything now qualifies as a tax, including Michelle Obama's White House party and vacation tabs.

There's actually an historical precedent here. Chef Justice Charles Evans Hughes did pretty much the same thing after the 1936 elections, when FDR threatened legislation to pack the Court with 6 more FDR-appointed justices after the Court knocked down some of the more questionable New Deal programs. Hughes and Justice Owen J. Roberts panicked and switched positions, upholding most of the rest of Roosevelt's agenda and ushered in the beginning of America as Welfare State.

In spite of various rumblings,including a pending repeal vote scheduled for July 11th, this will only be decided at the ballot box this November.Will the American people decide to reaffirm their Republic or will they move along the present path of allowing politicians to manipulate demos (the mob) until the people that really make the country work see the basic structure of the country is in danger? If it gets to that point, they're going to decide the whole thing was a bad idea and get behind someone on a white horse with some solutions. It took our direct ancestor, the Roman Republic 500 years to get to that point, but then life moves so much faster nowadays. We'll find out.

The Razor:In a sentence, intellectually satisfying but emotionally unsatisfying. It is intellectually satisfying because as Ann Althouse believes, Obama will pay a price for instituting a huge regressive tax on the working poor and middle class and the Commerce Clause rebuke clips the wings of Congress. But hearing the high-fives on NPR and other liberal media outlets is a punch in the gut. When they are happy I know that something is wrong with the country. It’s a simple bellwether but it works.

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