“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Obama Lying About Health Care Tax Increase

While Congress was working on the health care legislation, Obama refused to accept the argument that a federal mandate to buy insurance, enforced by financial penalties, was equivalent to a tax. Look at the video and listen to the smug denial.

Now that the states are suing the government over the bill, Obama is claiming the right to impose the buying of insurance based on the argument that it is a tax and Congress has the right to tax.


Changing Stance, Administration Now Defends Insurance Mandate as a Tax
Published: July 16, 2010
NY Times

WASHINGTON — When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”

And that power, they say, is even more sweeping than the federal power to regulate interstate commerce.

Administration officials say the tax argument is a linchpin of their legal case in defense of the health care overhaul and its individual mandate, now being challenged in court by more than 20 states and several private organizations.

Under the legislation signed by President Obama in March, most Americans will have to maintain “minimum essential coverage” starting in 2014. Many people will be eligible for federal subsidies to help them pay premiums.

In a brief defending the law, the Justice Department says the requirement for people to carry insurance or pay the penalty is “a valid exercise” of Congress’s power to impose taxes.

Congress can use its taxing power “even for purposes that would exceed its powers under other provisions” of the Constitution, the department said. For more than a century, it added, the Supreme Court has held that Congress can tax activities that it could not reach by using its power to regulate commerce.

While Congress was working on the health care legislation, Mr. Obama refused to accept the argument that a mandate to buy insurance, enforced by financial penalties, was equivalent to a tax.


  1. Smoke and mirrors, we all agree, but the Law is the Law.

    It was a tax, it is a tax.

    That it was spun differently, just another "Boner" move, by the DC elites.

  2. I wonder if, right now, Odipshit is pondering if embarrassing the Supreme Court at the State of the Union address was really a good idea?

  3. Hmm, working their way through the courts we have the Arizona Immigration Law, and now This.

    Do you suppose a Supreme Ct. Justice by the name of Kennedy could get a blowjob if he snuck in the back door of the White House right now?

  4. Barack the businessman, economic maven, creator of capitol, entrepreneur extraordinaire,
    director of strategy made the decision to force tens of thousand of car dealers out of business.

    The press is finally noticing:

    "WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--A government watchdog Sunday slammed the Obama administration's handling of auto dealer closings that were pushed through last year to speed the bankruptcy proceedings of Chrysler and General Motors Corp.

    The decision by Treasury's auto task force to reject the companies' plans for gradual dealer closures in favor of an accelerated process may have exacerbated job losses in the midst of a recession, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program said in an audit.

    The office of special inspector general Neil Barofsky, set up to monitor the $700 billion financial bailout known as TARP, took the administration to task for failing to sufficiently oversee the closures and weigh the broader economic impact of its decisions.

    "Treasury made a series of decisions that may have substantially contributed to the accelerated shuttering of thousands of small businesses and thereby potentially adding tens of thousands of workers to the already lengthy unemployment rolls--all based on a theory and without sufficient consideration of the decisions' broader economic impact," Barofsky's 45-page report said.

    The audit said "only time will tell" whether the accelerated closures will help the companies' profitability. But Treasury should have "taken every reasonable step" to ensure the closures were necessary and that the benefits to the companies outweighed the economic costs of "potentially tens of thousands of accelerated job losses," it concluded.

    The closing of auto dealerships was among the most contentious parts of the GM and Chrysler bankruptcy restructurings last year.

    Treasury and the auto makers argued the companies' networks had grown too large, forcing nearby dealerships of the same brands to compete against each other and hurt profits. But many dealers and their congressional representatives said the process by which GM and Chrysler chose which dealerships to cut was arbitrary.

  5. Would someone please find his real birth certificate.

  6. The guy at the Hawiian Records Department said it was common knowledge there that there wasn't one.

    Is the anything the guy hasn't lied about, that is the question.

    What movies will be made....

  7. Bu Gutt, he's Swiss

    Obama 'citizenship papers' arrive from remote village
    'This brings new proof that he is American just like everyone else'
    Posted: July 17, 2010
    9:50 pm Eastern

    By Chelsea Schilling
    © 2010 WorldNetDaily

    President Obama will finally receive documentation of his citizenship, and a Swiss lecturer claims it's enough to end the controversy over Obama's birth – but the records aren't from Hawaii.

    They're from a remote village in Switzerland.

    Want to help find out the real answers? Join others in supporting the national billboard campaign that asks the simple question, "Where's the birth certificate?"

    Obama was named an honorary citizen of Switzerland in a July 13 press conference after a genealogist purportedly linked his ancestry to the Swiss village of Ried bei Kerzers, according to, a publication of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.

    Now the paperwork designating him an honorary citizen is reportedly on its way to Washington.

  8. No one his age, in Hawaii has a "real" birth certificate.

    They were all digitalized, back in the day.

    You need one, they print it.

    There are no 'vault copies'.

    Have not been, for twenty years or so. His records were, are, maintained "as everyone else's are", was what the Hawaiian State official TESTIFIED to in the court case that was brought to a hearing.

    She had seen the data, and it matched the printed document. As one would expect it would, it having been printed from that data base.

  9. By Chris Ariens on Jul 24, 2009 12:45 PM

    TVNewser has learned CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein sent an email to a handful of "Lou Dobbs Tonight" staffers last night regarding the coverage of the so-called birthers and the validity of Pres. Obama's birth in the U.S.

    In part, Klein writes, "It seems this story is dead- because anyone who still is not convinced doesn't really have a legitimate beef." Klein asked CNN researchers to dig into the question of why Obama couldn't produce the original birth certificate. The researchers contacted the Hawaii Health Dept. and confirmed that paper documents were discarded in 2001 when the department went paperless. That reportedly includes Pres. Obama's original birth certificate.

  10. "The way energy is used in racing is pretty antiquated," Jehlik said.

    Today's race fuel systems are not much different, component-wise, than what was used 50 years ago. The basic ingredients are a carburetor and gasoline produced from crude oil.

    Jehlik and his team have a simple solution. Replace the gas with E-85 (an ethanol-gas blend, 85 percent ethanol) and pull the carb and swap it with an efficient, electronic fuel-injection system.

    The lab reports were amazing, according to Jehlik.

    "Using the ethanol fuel, you gain more power and torque and get better fuel consumption with fuel-injection technology," he said.

    Exhaust emissions were reduced by 63 percent using E-85 (versus racing gas) and dropped to 92 percent burning straight ethanol, which can be distilled from almost any type of plant.

    "E-85 makes more power and it's renewable and it's domestically generated," Jehlik said. "That's a win for everybody."

    Racing Should Go Green

  11. The depressing thing about Obama is that he is a perverse creation of the Republicans.

    Obama's senatorial career was onceived by that Republican pervert, Jack Ryan, the ex Goldman Sachs alum that wanted to watch other men fuck his wife to get off.

    He was forced out of the race and replaced by the truly certifiable Alan Keyes, the Republican great black hope.

    Bush screwed us with two wars, spent money like it was just paper (Oh I forgot) and did nothing about the thieves on Wall Street.

    So we got Obama the Democrat's great black hope. So it goes.

  12. Then we let the Wahhabi-owned Fox News "give" us McNutz, and, finally, as is the wont of the world, after so much idiocy we finally drew the "Black Ace" in the form of a Complete Financial Meltdown (and, $4.30 gasoline) right before the election.

    It reminds me of the poker player that played "bad, but lucky" all night, and upon losing a pot, cried about his bad luck.

  13. Let's get this straight. You're Republicans; You've GOT To Have Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, and either Iowa, or Pennsylvania (all corn states.)

    So, let's let Fox News promote us into supporting John "I Hate Ethanol" McStupidfuck.

    You gotta admit, he had an intriguing campaign strategy - "Go to Iowa, and give Speeches against Ethanol."

    As I said earlier today. Republicans are the Stupidest Motherfuckers on the face of the Planet.

    We deserve to wander the wilderness, FOREVER.

  14. I see the leading propensity among the green people like rat's asshole and ash's asshole to engage in name calling has returned with a vengeance. rat you are a boodie. There, that's got it, how intelligent.

    Anon, you're needed.

    And we we doing so well...

  15. boodie, I like that boobie.

    But boobie, that has a lot more cultural ring to it, than boodie.

    We all have known a boob or two, to include you, boob.

    A boob in the singular, to be sure.

  16. Only good thing about the drive home from from my parents' in Pennsylvania?

    Ukranian, Polish and Irish radio. All on the AM. And by the time you get to Somerset, that's about all there is to listen to. So you'd damn well better enjoy it.

    Well, there is a religious programming station and though I'm glad to be informed that God is not angry with me, I do have my limits.

    But on one of the former, John Somebody called in a request for the Hot Dog Polka. I am sure you can You Tube it.

    Only could have been made more precious if John had added in his request, "Dedicated to Jean. We'll be married thirty years this Tuesday. It's our song."

  17. I need an i Pod or i Phone that I can plug in. Or go back to keeping a handful of CDs in the Jeep.

    The Golf with which we've never had trouble overheated in a pile up ninety miles shy of DC.

    Water pump, maybe.

    It's sitting at Tysons now waiting for their tender ministrations.

    And we just had the sun roof replaced for 1500 and change.

    How to talk the husband into buying me a double cab Silverado to replace the Jeep?

    I'm workin' on it.

  18. Your Silverado took a Semester at Sea.You better keep driving the Golf, especially now that the sunroof cost you more than the car is worth.


  19. The Ipod though, Nano or Touch, that's doable.

  20. "Would someone please find his real birth certificate."

    What, you think you have to be some kind of citizen posturer to spin policy and dick millions of your fellow countrymen?

    It is to laugh.

  21. "Your Silverado took a Semester at Sea."

    Au contraire. I've joked about it, but the man is really, truly a dyed-in-the-wool tightwad. Except, bless his heart, when it comes to his kids.

    I actually sympathize and have no love, for instance, of vehicle payments. I'd do a two or three year old vehicle.

    And, FYI, he drives what the kids nicknamed The Gay Car. His little commuter. I've had the Jeep since the daughter got the Volvo.

    And I like it.

  22. Walt Whitman wouldn't lament a few bubbles of methane coming from the ocean floor, he lament a man with the name like rat's asshole that has 'too lamentable a face for a man.' (Names ofter followed faces, in Walt's view.)

  23. "Would someone please find his real birth certificate.'

    Do I need a metaphor font or one for irony?

  24. In some dim brain he was marmorean born, glory to seize I say, sleeping like a lake...

  25. I was sitting out on the back deck with my dad this morning. Sipping coffee.

    "You know, it never occurred to me until recently that I don't know your political affiliation or affinity."

    He smiled.

    "Oh, you just noticed that?"

    Nothing followed.

  26. He's a Republican, he's a gentleman, he just didn't want to argue with your mother.

  27. I can't think of him as a Republican.

    I can't think of him as a Democrat either.

  28. I don't want to think of him as either.

  29. Is Jehlik living in a time warp?

    I not aware of any car sold in this country with a "carburetor."

    That ethanol kills brain cells, thats for sur.

  30. Mustang Ad:
    412 hp, 26 mpg.

    Ain't bettin on a "carburetor" on that.

    They finally caught up with the Corvette on mileage.

    Forget how many years ago they got up to 26 mpg.

  31. "The USA uses 20 billion barrels of oil each day.
    That's almost a billion dollars a day going overseas, which doesn't help generate domestic business.

    At a nickle a barrel, I'd say we oughta stock up Big Time.

    But we also gotta arrange an intervention for The J Man before he kills himself drinkin that stuff.

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  33. NASCAR runs carbs, Doug.