Maine Governor LePage Comments on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and Calls Obama’s New IRS Agents … the ‘new Gestapo’
Not a tax, eh Barack Obama … then why would one put the IRS in charge to enforce Obamacare? Cuz nothing says tax like the IRS.
Governor Paul LePage of Maine described the new IRS agents in charge of enforcing Obamacare as the “new Gestapo” as he blasted President Barack Obama’s health care law, known as Obamacare/Obamatax, in his weekly radio address. LePage commented that the SCOTUS decision on Obamacare has made America less free. You think?
Gov. Paul LePage used his weekly radio address to blast President Obama’s health care law and described the Internal Revenue Service as the “new Gestapo.”
The IRS description was a reference to a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires Americans not insured by their employers or Medicaid to buy health insurance or pay an annual penalty when filing their tax returns. The provision, known more broadly as the individual mandate, was the subject of a multi-state lawsuit, but was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
LePage said the court decision has “made America less free.”
“We the people have been told there is no choice,” he said. “You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo — the IRS.”
There has been Democrat outrage regarding LePage’s comments and the Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant has asked for an apology. Really dude, there are many people who thought the IRS is the Gestapo long before Gov. LePage’s reference. As the Gateway Pundit reminds us, the Obama administration is building up the IRS by another 16,500 agents to enforce Obamacare. So it is not a tax, eh Democrats? Then why is the IRS in charge of enforcing Obamacare, hmm?
More MSM bias and the health care Obamacare tax around the President’s neck …
Just curious, how come when Obama has a change of opinion on a topic it is called an evolution of change by the MSM. How come when Obama’s top adviser has a misspeak on TV from the view point of the President, it is just ignored? How about when VP Joe Biden says something not in line with Obama, it is no big “F’n” deal? But when a Republican has one that goes against what another has said, it is a contradiction? Try as Obama, Democrats and the in the tank MSM will, you cannot run from the fact that Obamacare is a tax.
There is nothing worse than holding an individual’s own words against them. Welcome to the 2012 Obama’s version of read my lips, no new taxes fr the middle class.Mitt Romney stated over the weekend that he thought that Obamacare was a tax because that was whet the US Supreme Court ruled it as. Mitt Romney also sat down with CBS News and further stated that Obamacare was a tax. Romney went on to say that the American people know it is a tax and know that Barack Obama broke a campaign promise. Did the Romney adviser make a gaffe and get tongue tied when he was trying to discuss whether Obamacare was a tax or a penalty, of course he did. However, I think I will go by what the candidate actually says, rather than a surrogate. That is how the MSM treats Obama.
Mitt Romney said the federal health care reform mandate constitutes a “tax” Wednesday, contradicting the way a senior adviser to his campaign characterized his position earlier this week.
But the similar individual mandate and fee he signed into law when governor of Massachusetts is not a tax, he said in a separate interview, citing the Supreme Court’s decision last Thursday.
Of the federal law, Romney told CNN’s Dana Bash and Shawna Shepherd, “Supreme Court is the final word, right? The highest court in the land? They said it’s a tax didn’t they?”
“So it’s a tax, of course, if that’s what they say it is,” he continued.
Romney’s comments from CBS News:
“The Supreme Court has spoken, and while I agreed with the dissent, that’s taken over by the fact that the majority of the court said it’s a tax, and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken. There’s no way around that,” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee told Crawford in an exclusive interview, referring to the court’s 5-4 ruling that largely upheld the president’s signature health care law, with the individual mandate as a tax.
“I said that I agreed with the dissent, and the dissent made it very clear that they felt it was unconstitutional,” Romney continued. “But the dissent lost – it’s in the minority.”
“You can try and say you wish [the court] had decided a different way, but they didn’t,” Romney said. “They concluded it was a tax; that’s what it is. And the American people know that President Obama has broken the pledge he made. He said he wouldn’t raise taxes on middle-income Americans, and not only did he raise the $500 billion that was already in the bill, it’s now clear that his mandate, as described by the Supreme Court, is a tax.”
Not a tax Mr President?
OBAMATAX: 75% of Obamacare Costs Will Fall on the Backs of those Americans making less than $120,000 a Year … So Much for Obama’s no Tax on Families Making Less than $250K (VIDEO)
Barack Obama, read my lips no new taxes on families making under $250,000 …
Stephen Moore, Senior Economics Writer with the Wall Street Journal, told FOX and Friends Friday that nearly 75% of Obamacare costs will fall on the backs of those Americans making less than $120,000 a year. Democrats want to call it a penalty on freeloaders. But what if some one chose not to buy insurance and paid for their medical bills out of pocket? However, it was the US Supreme Court who ruled that Obamacare was Constitutional as a tax.
What happened to Barack Obama’s promise that he would not raise taxes on families making over $250,000? That would seem to have been an Obama broken promise and a lie to “We the People”. White House Chief of staff Lew tried his best to lie his way through the difficult task of saying that Obamacare was not a tax. However, it is pretty difficult when Obama’s own solicitor general argued before the Supreme Court it was one, and it was ruled Constitutional only because of Congress’s ability to tax.
From the non-partisan CBO, Congressional Budget Office, that Obama loved to quote when discussing the benefits and costs of Obamacare, comes the following analysis that no one in the Obama administration wants to address.Not to mention, who oversees Obamacare to see whether individuals have bought healthcare, the IRS of course. If it looks, walks and talks like a tax, its a tax.
Obama promises to not raise any taxes on families making under $250,000
Good luck defending this tax increase in the 2012 elections when people are out of work, losing their homes and are struggling. This tax increase will affect families and businesses. How could a tax increase create job growth? So why can’t Democrats call Obamacare for what it actually is, a tax? When have Democrats ever been ashamed of raising taxes?
OBAMACARE BAIT & SWITCH: Stocks Fall Triple Digits as SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare Individual Mandate as a Tax … Even Though Obama Said it Was Not a Tax … Obamacare Tax on the Middle Class
BARACK OBAMA … THE LYING KING!!!
STOCKS PLUMMET ON NEWS OF OBAMACARE … and the BAIT & SWITCH OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE. WELCOME TO THE OBAMACARE TAX ON THE MIDDLE CLASS.
Many Americans were shocked today, including the White House, when the SCOTUS has upheld the individual mandate of Obamacare as a tax. That is correct America, A TAX! President Barack Husein Obama said that he would not tax Americans, unless you were deemed rich.
OBAMACARE IS A TAX!!! This is something that Barack Obama stated that Obacare was not. Au contraire. Obama and his lawyers have perpetrated the greatest “BAIT & SWITCH” on the American people that has ever been done in the history of the United States. It was the Obama lawyers that argued that the mandate was a tax, even though Barack Obama continually passed this off as not a tax. Listen to Obama in his own words that the individual mandate was NOT A TAX. However, Obamacare and the individual mandate stands today as ruled on by the SCOTUS as a tax. Thank you Barack Obama for issuing the greatest tax increase in history.
This is hardly going to play well for Obama in the 2012 election. As per the latest Rasmussen poll, 54% want to repeal Obamacare while only 39% are for it. The SCOTUS may be the ones that declare a law constitutional or not; however, it is “WE THE PEOPLE” who are in charge of the so-called government by and for the people. It is the people that will pass judgment on the wisdom of this law. The SCOTUS has awoke a sleeping giant.
America, you have a chance in November … hire a Congress that will scrap this Obamacare crap and write a law that everyone will read before they vote on and will be good for America and Americans.
US Supreme Court Declares OBAMACARE … Individual Mandate Ruled Unconstitutional!!! But (Correction Individual Mandate is Constitutional as a Tax) VIDEO … OBAMATAX
THE BAIT AND SWITCH OF OBAMACARE … IT IS A TAX EVEN THOUGH OBAMA SAID OT WASN’T …
BREAKING … THE SCOTUS HAS RULED THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE HAS BEEN DECLARED UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!! Correction … individual mandate allowed to go forward as a tax.
WOW, Fox News is ruling that the “individual mandate” does not fall under the commerce clause, but instead will remain as a tax. UNREAL. UNBELIEVABLE … doesn’t it figure, we have sunk so low that the federal government can force Americans to buy a product and call it a tax. Barack Obama has now just raised a tax on every single American. Chief Justice Roberts, you should be ashamed of yourself.
‘Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it. ‘
Isn’t it quite something that President Barack Obama presented Obamacare to America that it was not a tax. However, his attorneys argued it at the SCOTUS that it was a tax. Talk about your bait and switch. Watch the VIDEO below where Obama tax that the individual mandate is not a tax. IT IS TIME FOR OBAMA TO SAY IT IS A TAX AND THAT HE WILL BE TAXING EVERY AMERICAN IN THE UNITED STATES.
The justices rejected two of the administration’s three arguments in support of the insurance requirement. But the court said the mandate can be construed as a tax. “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” Roberts said.
OBAMA MANDATORY TAX ON HEALTH CARE IS NOT A TAX
NY TIMES: Obamacare stands.
Drudge Report … Chief Justice Roberts joins the left of the Court … The Medicaid provision is limited but not invalidated …
Look for this to now energize Americans that do not support Obamacare by 2 to 1. The only way to get rid of Obamacare is to vote Obama out of office and repeal the law.
AP: High court upholds key part of Obama health law.
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
The decision handed Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.
UPDATE I: States can opt out? However, it appears that the Fed have lost the ability to force states to put individual on Medicaid or face penalties. So where are they going to go? It would almost appear that with no Medicaid expansion required, the states that opt out will face no fines. So what would cause all states to just opt out? Is there a penalty if states do not participate? If not, it is a defacto opt out.
I guess we can expect Democrats and Obama to spike the football.
Obamacare now will go from the legal field to the political one.
UPDATE II: from CNN, Supreme Court upholds entire health care law
Now Americans will receive a tax increase if they do not buy health insurance. The death of liberty.
AZ Governor Jan Brewer in Response to SCOTUS Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law S.B. 1070 … Then to Homeland Security, Napolitano & Obama Suspend 287(g) Agreements … Drop Dead Arizona (VIDEO)
HOPE AND CHANGE, OBAMA VINDICTIVE STYLE …
First Arizona Jan Governor responds to the US Supreme Court ‘s ruling on Arizona’s Immigration Law S.S. 1070, then 3 hours later Brewer and the citizens of Arizona were presented with the Obama White House and Homeland’s Security’s vindictive reprisal. Homeland Security and Janet Napalitano suspended the seven 287(g) task force agreements with Arizona law enforcement officials.
In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News today, Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ), the woman who signed into law SB 1070, the controversial bill dealing with illegal immigration upheld in part by the Supreme Court today, called the ruling a “victory” but added that the federal government was continuing to place Arizona “under assault.”
“I believe that this Supreme Court unanimously upheld the section that it is the heart of the bill,” she said. “It’s a victory for the rule of law and the 10th amendment.”
See VIDEO HERE.
No sooner did the SCOTUS make their decision and the Obama Administration attacked in only the vindictive nature that they know how suspended the 287(g) agreements with Arizona that allowed state and federal authorities to work together in battling illegal immigration. Wow, the Obama Administration just declared war on Arizona. Feds set up a hotline for people to nark on the state officials for so-called civil rights violations. This is the equivalence to a ‘wanted poster’ for state authorities doing their job as voted unanimously bt the SCOTUS. What on earth is going on?
DROP DEAD ARIZONA
Video Hat Tip: Mediaite
Following the Supreme Court decision about Arizona’s immigration law, Greta Van Susteren spoke with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who wasn’t sky in holding back her feelings about the decision. Brewer — who you may recall had a brief, finger-wagging encounter with President Obama — criticized the current administration for abandoning Arizona, and not letting her protect her state’s citizens.
“This is politics at its best,” Brewer said of the decision, expressing the rescinding of 287(g) privileges, which would allow law enforcement to use a database system to verify citizenship status. From the beginning, she said, the Obama administration has “downplayed the border situation Arizona” faces daily. And they sued the state “for trying to protect the citizens.”
It is obvious that Barack Obama must go. No one will be able to deal with a President who will not enforce the rule of law in America when he decides as a King that he does not want to. It is impossible to deal with the obstruction of the Obama Administration and Attorney general Eric Holder with regards to ‘Fast and Furious’ and now when they do not get their way, they try and punish a state. There must be comprehensive immigration reform in the US; however, Obama is hardly the honest broker to have as President to ever attempt such a change. Obama changed immigration law last week by executive fiat in stating that only a certain group of people will be granted amnesty. Even though he had previously stated he did not have the authority.
Barack Obama can kiss the state of Arizona goodbye in the 2012 Presidential election.
UPDATE I: More from AZ Gov. Jan Brewer and Obama says Drop Dead Arizona from the Politico. Also, the commentary from Rush Limbaugh regarding ‘The Regime Refuses to Enforce the Border and Tells the State of Arizona to Go to Hell’. Limbaugh went on to say, “He has written off the state of Texas. He’s written off white, working families. He’s now written off the state of Arizona. Arizona was a state that was in play. I don’t even understand why, but it was a state that was in play according to all the experts and all the presidential polling data. Well, not any longer! Arizona is… He doesn’t care.”
“It just is incomprehensible to think that this has all taken place today. And it ticks me off. I think that it should tick the people of America off,” she added. “And it’s almost become apparent that they can do whatever they darn well want! They don’t want to enforce their laws. They won’t let us help them enforce their laws.” [...]
Brewer also criticized the policy shift in an interview with John King of CNN.
“They arbitrarily single out Arizona and sent a bomb, if you will, across our bow and made Arizona once again a target,” she said. “The people of America ought to be outraged. This is absolutely an assault.”
Following SCOTUS Decison on Arizona Immigration, Homeland Security Suspends Immigration Agreements With Arizona Police
Talk about vindictive … Once again King Obama speaks and disregards the US Constitution, the US Supreme Court and his Oath of office … How’s that “hopey, changey” thing working out for you America?
In yet another act of Executive defiance, Barack Obama’s Homeland Security suspends Immigration agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws. They have issued a a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting cases of illegal immigration. The following is an act of a sore loser President. On Monday the administration officials also said they are ending the seven 287(g) task force agreements with Arizona law enforcement officials, which proactively had granted some local police the powers to enforce immigration laws. UNREAL. So much for the rule of law and separation of powers. We have a President who thinks he is King.
The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
Administration officials, speaking on condition they not be named, told reporters they expect to see an increase in the number of calls they get from Arizona police — but that won’t change President Obama’s decision to limit whom the government actually tries to detain and deport.
“We will not be issuing detainers on individuals unless they clearly meet our defined priorities,” one official said in a telephone briefing.
The official said that despite the increased number of calls, which presumably means more illegal immigrants being reported, the Homeland Security Department is unlikely to detain a significantly higher number of people and won’t be boosting personnel to handle the new calls.
The Lonely Conservative says, why should we be surprised by the actions of the Obama Administration. If this is how they act, when the SCOTUS rules, could you imagine what Obama and his henchman will do of the Court strikes down Obamacare?
So this is what you get when you dare go against Barack Obama, you wind up on his enemies list. As stated at the PJ Tatler, This is a political maneuver designed to punish Arizona. Barack Obama congratulates the Muslim Brotherhood on their victory in the Egyptian Presidency, yet attack a US State and tries to make an example out of them because they dare defy der Obama on enforcing illegal immigration. Obama must be voted out in 2012, can you only imagine the disregard of the people and the US Constitution with a lame duck President?
It also tells us that the administration has given up on winning Arizona, which until recently was considered a swing state, this fall. Obama has written it off, and is now going Soviet on it to make it an example to others. He is essentially kicking Arizona out of whatever is left of the federal government’s border enforcement, declaring to smugglers and traffickers that Arizona is very much on its own.
Supreme Court Decides Arizona Immigration Law S.B. 1070, Struck Down Parts But Upholds Key Immigration Status Check Provision
Today, the US Supreme Court ruled on Arizona Immigration Law S.B. 1070 and struck the provisions dealing with state criminal penalties and other provisions which imposed procedural requirements on illegals in the state. Among the provisions the Court struck is the one requiring that a person be detained if the police officer believes the person is removable. However, the SCOTUS upheld the key Immigration status check provision. Although one has to wonder what good it is if there is no penalty.
By a vote of 6-2, the court voided a provision making it a state crime for an immigrant to fail to carry federal registration papers. By 5-3 votes, it invalidated sections that authorized jail time for illegal immigrants who seek work in Arizona and that gave state and local police more power to arrest immigrants suspected of offenses.
Arizona’s one victory came in the court’s decision to uphold the status-check provision. Federal law already requires immigration authorities to respond to checks from state and local officers, indicating that Congress saw nothing wrong with such “consultation” between arms of government, the court said.
Much, much more and some great analysis at Legal Insurrection.
It would appear Justice Scalia gets it, too bad the majority of the Justices did not.
Justice Samuel Alito agreed with the majority that Arizona’s alien-registration requirement was void, but voted to uphold SB 1070 provisions making it a crime for illegal immigrants to seek work and authorizing warrantless arrests of certain aliens. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas each filed separate dissents arguing that SB 1070 should be upheld in its entirety.
The majority “deprives States of what most would consider the defining characteristic of sovereignty: the power to exclude from the sovereign’s territory people who have no right to be there,” Justice Scalia wrote.
Fast & Furious Stonewalling, Obamacare looking Unconstitutional, Failing Economy & Middle East on the Brink … Barack Obama Golfs for 101st time of Presidency
101 and counting …
President Barack Hussein Obama celebrated the Muslin Brotherhood’s Presidential victory in Egypt today with yet another round of golf. This will make Obama’s 101st round of golf since he took office. Millions of Americans are unemployed, the parents of Brian Terry are looking for answer as to their son’s death in connect with ‘Fast & Furious’ and wonder why Obama evoked executive privilege, a majority of American hope that the SCOTUS declares Obamacare Unconstitutional and the Middle East was turned on its ear today with the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood candidate in Egypt. All this, but it did not deter Obama from playing golf.
President Obama waited for the temperature to cool just a bit before heading to the golf course on Sunday.
Obama is golfing at the Fort Belvoir course, according to a White House pool report. The president is golfing with White House chef Sam Kass, staffer Mike Brush and White House trip director Marvin Nicholson, a frequent golf partner of Obama’s.
The temperature at the course is a steamy 89 degrees but a slight breeze makes it feel a little cooler, according to the Weather Channel. Washington is in the midst of a heat wave, with temperatures hitting 100 degrees on Thursday.
This will be the president’s 101st round of golf since entering office according to a count kept by CBS News’s Mark Knoller. He was last on the course on Father’s Day.
Funny, I waited for the temperature to cool off a bit, like millions of Americans to cut the grass. Who is out of touch with the American people?
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is predicting “sharp disagreements.” That’s what happens when Justices use political ideology rather than the US Constitution to make a decision.
Within the next couple of weeks the Supreme Court will finally make a decision on the Constitutionality of the individual mandate and Obamacare. The SCOTUS will also make decisions on Arizona’s immigration law, television broadcast indecency enforcement, and a federal law making it a crime to lie about earning high military honors. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said on Friday at a conference hosted by the American Constitution Society at the Capital Hilton, “As one may expect, many of the most controversial cases remain pending. So it is likely that the sharp disagreement rate will go up next week and the week after.”
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is predicting “sharp disagreement” as the Supreme Court prepares by month’s end to release some of its most-talked-about rulings, including the constitutionality of the health care law championed by President Obama.
Speaking to a legal conference Friday night in Washington, the oldest member of the high court offered tantalizing hints about where the court may be heading in coming days.
“The term has been more than usually taxing, some have called it the term of the century,” she said in remarks at the American Constitution Society’s annual review of the court. The ACS is a left-leaning legal advocacy and scholarship group.
From Forbes comes the story that based on Intrade, there is a 69.9% chance that the Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate in the national healthcare reform act. Correction, Intrade has it up to 73.5%.