A tax by any other name
The ruling the Supreme Court handed down on ObamaCare is disappointing to the majority of Americans. The unprecedented ruling limits congressional authority by limiting the commerce clause, but on the flip side expands congressional ability to tax anything they want. As you know Congress rarely misses an opportunity to raise taxes, despite what they might say. In effect anything that they cannot enforce constitutionally can now be enforced with a tax. It seems like the Constitution is becoming less relevant every day. This is not a good outcome.
If I were to sell you a boat but instead deliver a car, that would be fraud. That is what has happened because of the Supreme Court ruling. When ObamaCare was being debated and argued across the country its congressional proponents swore up and down that the mandate was not a tax. When it came time to argue the point before the courts though, the administration’s lawyers claimed that it was indeed a tax. As we have seen, that is how the Supreme Court allowed the Affordable Care Act to stand.
It seems to me that the President said explicitly that the mandate was not a tax. Now that the Supreme Court says it is a tax, does he still support his own massive tax increase? I thought he said no new taxes on the middle class. It seems he is taking that promise as seriously as his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first (and only) term. A politician not taking his promises seriously is nothing new, but this is beyond the pale. ObamaCare represents the single largest tax increase in American history. He broke his promise with the help of our Congress so spectacularly that I am at a loss for words.
It was a rational political decision to not call the mandate a tax. It will also be a rational decision on the part of the voters to kick the President and Congress out as well. Our “leaders” haven’t lead in a long time. It is time to elect real leaders; leaders who have lead men into battle and know what it takes when lives are on the line. We need leaders with backbone willing to stand up for what they know to be right; leaders who will bring about wholesale change to Washington, to fix the corruption and cronyism that is so prevalent inside the beltway.
The Supreme Court ruling stands as a black mark in America’s history. The 906 pages of the bill and the thousands of pages of regulations stand as a monument to the failure of government. Congress and government can be fixed, but it takes average citizens to stand up and say, like the protagonist in the classic film “Network”:I’m mad as hell and I won’t take it anymore! Words alone are not enough though, change requires action. We must vote out career politicians, but hold their replacements feet to the fire too. It’s time to return responsibility and accountability to the nation’s capital. I hope you will join with me and sweep out the old, and bring in the new.
[Kent Kingsley is a Republican candidate for Congress in the Third Congressional District which includes Fayette and Coweta counties. He is a retired U.S. Army Infantry lieutenant colonel, owns a small real estate company in Lamar County and lives in Milner, between Griffin and Barnesville. He is an advocate for the Fair Tax, balanced budgets and federal term limits. His website is kingsleyforcongress.com.]