What hath Chief Justice John Roberts wrought? We’ve previously discussed the “several long term constitutional gifts” Roberts gave to Republicans/conservatives. Today we consider the “very important and immediate political riches” bestowed on the right by Santa Clause Roberts.
Consider, Obama has two “achievements” as president. There is the massive health scam force fed on an unwilling nation. There is the hideous Obama Dimocrat election slush fund dubbed so deceptively as the “stimulus”.
The Barack Obama health scam has been forever branded by Chief Justice John Roberts and the liberals on the Supreme Court as A Tax. The phony “stimulus” of course is a wasteful spending program. In short: “TAX AND SPEND”.
What hath Chief Justice John Roberts wrought? Roberts has provided Republicans/conservatives with the decades long strongest weapon in their arsenal. Republicans can go to their armory library and dust off the opposition texts they employed to win elections before and after Bill Clinton. Chief Justice John Robers has wrought The Return of the “TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL”.
Republicans/conservatives, at least those who disagree with our analysis, might not understand the potency of the return of the “tax and spend liberal” label. But Barack Obama understands the mortal threat Roberts has unleashed. So today Obama: It’s time to allow tax cuts for the wealthy, folks like myself, to expire but extend all the other Bush tax cuts to some but not all of the middle class.
It was not surprising to watch as Big Media/CNN spun like a top for a regurgitated Obama tax proposal We noticed that this was an Obama publicity stunt in which Obama could not have mentioned Bill Clinton’s economic record any more.
Obama never before has given respect to Bill Clinton’s brilliant economic record in office. But today Dumbo was all ears listening and recollecting Bill. Bill Clinton has a strong economic record. Bill Clinton has recently defended Mitt Romney’s business acumen. Bill Clinton several weeks ago made clear he does not think now is the time to raise taxes nor get rid of the Bush tax cuts.
But Bill Clinton is not the reason for Obama to call for tax cut extension. It is the John Roberts “tax and spend liberal” label that Obama is running from.
In today’s publicity stunt Barack Obama persistently claimed that he has cut taxes for the middle class by thousands of dollars. Unstated is the Obama health scam tax on millions of middle class and working class households to benefit Big Pharma and Big Insurance.
“The Supreme Court lawsuit isn’t the end of the legal challenges to the health care law — and the next ones just might help Republicans keep pushing their favorite political hot buttons.“
It’s easy to understand that Obama opponents on the left are unhappy with Chief Justice John Roberts. We would have much more preferred that the entire Obama health scam be struck down. But Republicans/conservatives unhappy? Heads must be scratched.
Some Republicans/conservatives are also making dubious claims that somehow John Roberts sold out the American people to the tax power. Nonsense:
“I’ve been a little surprised by the continued outrage on the right and chest-thumping on the left regarding the Supreme Court’s health care decision. The right got everything it wanted in the ruling, save for the actual outcome. The left got legal reasoning that, up until the minute the decision was handed down, it had maintained would mark the end of government as we know it. Sad to say, but the main takeaway is that most court-watchers, left and right, care a lot about the outcome and very little about the law.
Some on the right are latching onto one bit of doctrine as cause for unhappiness in the case. In particular, they claim that John Roberts expanded the government’s taxing power substantially, such that it now provides an endless capacity that Congress lacked with the commerce clause.
This is nonsense.“
We fully understand the four conservative justices on the Supreme Court being mightily aggrieved against their leader. To read that Roberts is not exactly beloved by his colleagues is not surprising. But the emotional cries of “betrayal” and moaning and groaning by the rank and file is embarrassing to even have to witness.
If Republicans/conservatives want to be angry and indulge in feelings of “betrayal” the appropriate focus of outrage is the Romney campaign that refused to unwrap the John Roberts early Christmas gift:
“Allen West: Romney Needs To Get Better Counsel From His Advisers; ObamaTax Is a Tax
“It’s a tax,” the Florida Republican told Greta Van Susteren of Fox News. “I think that the governor probably needs to look at who he has within his circle of advisers, and probably get … them to provide the right type of counsel and advice.”
This was precipitated by Romney adviser Eric Fernstrohm agreeing that ObamaTax was not a tax — his argument is that it’s not a tax, it’s a penalty, ergo it’s unconstitutional.
Now, this argument has appeal to Romney because he also imposed a mandate, and doesn’t want the “tax-hiker!” charge leveled at himself.
But here’s the thing: If ObamaTax is in fact a tax, then doesn’t that mean… Justice Roberts got it right?
There’s a lot of games-playing going on with politics, obviously. We’re in campaign season, after all. The candidates do it, we do it.
I think a little too much is being pushed on to this point. On one hand, we’re trying to recover some win from Roberts’ disastrous decision by saying, “Well, at least he said it was a tax; that’s politically useful.”
On the other hand, we’re insisting he got it wrong.
Well, if it got it wrong, it’s not a tax.”
We always wrote that Barack Obama was in a lose/lose position and no matter what happened at the Supreme Court he would lose. Some however, now that the Supreme Court has spoken, insist on giving Barack Obama a win by being dejected that the Constitution was “violated” or that they are weary or that they don’t like what happened, or they are upset, or they feel betrayed, or they don’t know whom to turn to anymore or related feelings from the chocolate box of whines.
We rather everyone put those delicious but fattening chocolates of whine back in the box, realize that we have been correct in our analysis from before the decision came down that Obama was in a lose/lose position, and fight
And educate. Republicans/conservatives should put away the hankies and make sure everyone knows about the new powers of an increasingly intrusive IRS.
Indeed, if John Roberts is right (not left) than it is a tax, tax, tax tax tax tax tax:
“The opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts argues that Obamacare is constitutional under the taxing powers of Congress. The Obama administration’s advocate before the Court, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, made this case during oral arguments, and Roberts bought it. The decision, in a sense, formalized what many conservatives had long argued: The Obamacare tax is a tax.
The politics could have hardly been better: The Obama administration and other Democrats would not only have to defend an unpopular law, but they’d have to try explain that a mandate upheld because of the power of Congress to tax was not, in fact, a tax. [snip]
Whatever the mandate was before the decision, and regardless of how strongly one disagrees with the ruling, it’s a tax now. [snip]
Voters will call it a tax and so will every other Republican candidate running for every other office,” he says. “It will be the most popular attack ad in Senate and House campaigns.”
Yes it is a tax. Or is anyone sensible arguing it is not a tax?
We are not hunting for “sliver linings”. We said all along Obama was in a lose/lose position.
We are and have been right on this. By this time next year, or possibly much sooner as Supreme Court decisions begin to flow the next term, we will have been proven right on the constitutional implications we addressed in Part I. Even the damn New York Times knows we are correct:
“No Respite for Liberals [snip]
But the conservative majority also laid down a cache of weapons that future courts can use to attack many of the legislative achievements of the New Deal and the Great Society — including labor, environmental, civil rights and consumer protection laws — and to prevent new progressive legislation. Far from being a source of jubilation, the term may come back to haunt liberals.“
But that’s the New York Times on the legal implications of what John Roberts hath wrought. What are the politics of what John Roberts hath wrought?:
“For Obama, a Signature Issue That the Public Never Embraced Looms Large
On the day President Obama took the final step in turning the Affordable Care Act into law, his senior adviser, David Axelrod, predicted the public would eventually embrace his ambitious effort at health care reform.
“As the American people become familiar with what this program is and what it isn’t,” Mr. Axelrod said, “they’re going to be very, very happy with it.”
Two years later, the public is no happier with the law than it was then. Mr. Obama’s signature initiative may have prevailed in the Supreme Court, but a White House that vowed a public relations blitz selling the act’s virtues never fully followed through, much to the frustration of many Democrats and even some of the law’s authors.
Now Mr. Obama faces the consequences as he heads toward a hotly contested election that will decide whether he has a second term and, by extension, whether the law will survive efforts to repeal it.”
Face the consequences for his actions – what a thought. Obama now has to face the consequences and Obama Hopium Guzzlers can fool themselves but they can’t fool the voters or rewrite history, no matter how much they try:
“Some supporters have argued that other social programs in the past were controversial at first before becoming embedded in American society. But polling suggests that is not so.
Social Security was popular from the start, supported by 73 percent of Americans in early 1937 and 78 percent the next year in Gallup polls. Medicare had the approval of 62 percent in early 1965 and 82 percent by the end of that year in Harris polls.
By contrast, just 32 percent supported the Affordable Care Act when it was approved in March 2010, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. As of a month ago, 34 percent supported it, virtually unchanged.”
What hath John Roberts wrought? For Republicans/conservatives “several long term constitutional gifts” and “very important and immediate political riches”.
For Obama Dimocrats Chief Justice John Roberts crafted a wooden horse, filled with danger and eventual destruction of their city and golden calf.