Sarah Palin is fond of saying (and I may be paraphrasing here): “You don’t retreat, you reload”.
I’ve got a few comments on the goings-on around us, and I will try to put them into some coherent order below. As you can imagine, while this news sinks in, thoughts tend to ramble, so…Just fair warning.
I’ve spent the past two days in my own personal “fog”, trying to decipher how a man supposedly as smart as John Roberts could fall for the threats that came from the White House in those early days after the case had been argued. But, as we all know, some men are weaker than others, and if he was “looking out for his legacy”, he’s certainly secured one now, ay? Oh and,…Let me just get this out of the way, right up front…Chief Justice John Roberts should be pressured to resign, or simply be impeached. He knows full well that without rewriting the statue, it would’ve failed the constitutionality test. Yet, I believe, because of the threats coming out of the White House in early days after the case had been argued, he caved. It was one of the most egregious moves ever made by a Chief, and one that should never be allowed to happen without serious consequences, such as resignation or impeachment.
I saw a clip from David Axelrod yesterday, on the “Today” show, arguing that although the SCOTUS labeled this a “tax”, it is not. He claims it’s a “penalty”. In this piece (written by Mary Bruce from ABC OTUS news), both Jay Carney and Axelrod speak nearly the same statement on the subject:
“For those who can afford health insurance but choose to remain uninsured, forcing the rest of us to pay for their care, a penalty is administered as part of the Affordable Care Act,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One today.
“Whether you call it a mandate or tax, what it is is a penalty on the very few Americans who don’t – who can afford health care, don’t pay for it, end up in our emergency rooms getting free care and then we all pay for it in the form of premiums,” Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod said this morning on NBC’s ‘Today’ Show.
Both of them are simply following their boss, who’s said time and time again, that this is not a “tax”.
If we follow this ill-conceived logic to it’s natural end, what they are saying is that those who make enough money to be able to purchase insurance on their own are supposedly heading to emergency rooms in droves, demanding care, and then never paying for it, which then shifts the financial burden to tax payers.
So, it’s NOT the poor, the elderly or the young, without health insurance, who cannot afford it, who are heading to the ER’s across the nation, seeking care???? REALLY???? HAS THIS ADMINISTRATION EVEN STOPPED FOR ONE BRIEF MOMENT TO LOOK UPON EXACTLY WHO IT IS IN THOSE ER’S ACROSS THE COUNTRY??!! It’s the very people they (and their party) have always claimed they want to help. The poor, the elderly, the young…And THEY will be the hardest hit if/when this law is allowed to be enacted, in full, within the next 2 years.
I’ll tell you why they are ‘running’ with this BS. They don’t like the fact that those who can afford insurance, but simply choose not to purchase it, cannot be tracked through the system. They want to keep tabs on as many people as possible, no matter what their problem or concern. Don’t believe me? Here’s one for ya: I was told by my local unemployment office that although I don’t qualify for unemployment benefits, I need to keep reporting my job search to them. Why would anyone do that? Why would they even ask? BECAUSE THEY WANT TO KEEP TABS ON ME! Oh and, if you must know the answer…No, I don’t report my job search to them. I don’t report anything about my job situation to them. They can suck it.
In the mean time, there is a real and palpable human cost to all of this that cannot be over-looked, and should become the primary focus of the entire aftermath. The folks over at Townhall have put together a piece that outlines this, in stark terms, for all to see. Click on over there and read/watch. It’s worth your time.
I read a quote from Rush Limbaugh yesterday too. He said (in part):
“If the whole thing ends up back at the Supreme Court someday, we know all bets are off, because nothing matters anymore. There is no standard. There is no firewall. There’s no backstop. There is no alarm. There is no 911. There’s nowhere to go.”
Come on Rush – you know as well as I do — WE THE PEOPLE are that “firewall”!! Think Boston, 1773!! Seriously, if the possibility of open Revolution hasn’t yet sunk in, in the minds of many a Patriot, I’d be highly shocked. Rush is right…Love him or hate him, he’s right. If November goes bad, what have we left to guard us from all out governmental tyranny??!!
Remember those pitch-forks and torches I mentioned a few posts ago? Keep ‘em handy.
Things could get “real” at any time. Obama, and government as a whole, have just been given a wide path to complete control over our lives.