By Skip Chatterson - June 29, 2012
Outside the obvious damage the Health care law will wreak on the economy and damages to medical freedoms, we have dangerous precedents being set with this ruling.
In order to save Obamacare, which Chief Justice Roberts felt was his job, he not only re-wrote the health care law, but rewrote the Constitution into obscurity.
First, Roberts argued the Anti-Injunction Act does not apply to the health care law, because Congress did not declare a tax within the law. So Roberts’ took away any ability to petition the government based on the taxes within health care because there are no taxes being levied by the Congress, then Roberts, out of whole-cloth created a tax (which is protected from the anti-injunction act by his ruling).
Second, Roberts created a tax! The Constitution allows only the Congress to create a tax, which has it’s origins dating back to the conception of our Nation. The Boston Tea Party July 1773, was a response to “Taxation without Representation” a grievance the colonials had with King George. When the Supreme Court creates a tax, it is a complete violation of the very heart of our Revolution and everything our Founders stood for.
A number of conservative pundits are trying hard to find a silver lining in the decision handed down, by reminding us all that the Commerce Clause was defined in a more limited fashion. Many of the rest of us say, so what! What does the Commerce Clause matter, when Congress can pass a law limiting behavior, without a tax, then have the Supreme Court create a tax for them. Also how does the Commerce Clause matter when SCOTUS has just allowed unlimited taxation. In theory, the Congress can tax any behavior, action or inaction. Have an SUV? Your earth-killing behavior will cost you. Want a Twinkie? You will be assessed a calorie tax (already becoming reality in New York City). What if you don’t exercise three times a week? Could you be taxed if you prefer to exercise twice a week? It is all possible. Thanks to Justice Roberts, this is the first time an American citizen will be taxed for doing nothing.
When SCOTUS does everything it can, as Roberts admittedly did, to pass an unconstitutional law, what good is the Supreme Court? When the President can rule unabatted by way of executive orders, is there any need for other houses of government? What do we have when SCOTUS will not rule on constitutionality but prefers to let any law ride, and the President rules as he likes? How is this unlike a dictator?
Liberty is flatlining! In November we can pull out the AED and get this country’s heart moving again. Make your vote count and vote for Romney and any other Republicans, it’s the nations only hope at this point. Vote early and vote often. Why not, the democrats do.