By Brian Kennedy
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare, we have witnessed a historic act of political dexterity. After promising the American people that the individual mandate was not a tax, President Obama argued to the Supreme Court that it was precisely that. He won that argument. Now what does he tell us? He’s back to the old line, telling us, once again, that the individual mandate is not a tax.
One might expect that the media would challenge the President on his contradictions. Instead, they seem to be more focused on whether Governor Romney agrees with Barack Obama. Begs the question: Agree with which of President Obama’s positions: That Obamacare is a tax, as his administration argued to the Court? Or that it’s not a tax hike as he now claims? As Mitt Romney made clear in his post-decision press conference, he—and indeed most conservatives—believe that the Justice Roberts was wrong in holding that President Obama and Nancy Pelosi could impose an individual mandate as a valid exercise of the tax power. Mitt Romney agrees with the dissent of Justices Scalia, Thomas, Kennedy and Alito minority that Obamacare should have been struck down in its entirety.
Be that as it may. From this day forward the law of the land is that Obamacare is a TAX and that if Americans want to repeal this massive job killing tax increase, we have but one recourse. It’s to go to the polls in November and elect Mitt Romney and Republicans to Congress. Governor Romney explained as much in a CBS News in an interview yesterday:
“You can try and say you wished they had decided a different way, but they didn’t. 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. Not only did he raise them 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.”
The Presidential debates this Fall will may end up being rather one-sided, as President Obama will have to debate himself when asked the question of whether Obamacare is the largest tax increase in history. President Obama’s answer is “yes” when he goes to court. Candidate Obama’s answer is “no” when he goes to the voters. In November we decide.
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