Gertrude Stein said, "a rose is a rose is a rose".
Justice Roberts said, " a tax is a tax is a tax".
All in all, I prefer roses.
When SCOTUS published their decision, I listened to the experts, formed a quick opinion, and wrote a blog. I think that the blog that I wrote represented the situation accurately. Especially for a snapshot opinion. Friday I sunk into a deep malaise. Obama has brought the country I love to the edge of the precipice that makes us no different from France or Denmark or any of those milk fed socialist countries. I grieved.
Now I've had a chance to think and listen to some people that are much smarter than I am and I'm stll confused. Originally the plan was a mandate under Article 1 section 8 of the Constitution. Then SCOTUS said no to that, it's a tax. But is it still a mandate under a tax or is it just a program with mandatory requirements. Is there a difference. But then, how can it be a tax? The plan was started in the Senate. Tax programs must start in the House. But SCOTUS said it is a tax. With all of their power, they do not have the power of taxation. So the Supreme Court created a tax that they had no right to create. Jay Carney, the White House spinmeister, is calling it a penalty. Is he overruling the Supreme Court?
So we have a new tax the was "born fully formed from the head of Zeus", or some other magical means. Does anybody out there think that this, along with the proposed ending of the "Bush Tax Cuts" is going to help the miserable economy we are suffering under.Obama and the Obamites (sounds like a singing group, news, they're way off key) have tried to Eurosize this country for four years now. I do not have to tell anyone, it is not getting better under their ministrations. It amazes me that they have any support left at all.
It's an unwieldy mess. It cannot stand. We need jobs and a stable economy. Make that happen and this economy will soar. There is money out there in the world. Lots of it. And people want to invest it. The only place in the world today to do that is into a stable American economy. If we build it they will come.