O SPOKESMAN SAYS O DISAGREES WITH SCOTUS RULING – WAIT, WHAT?
This just in from the Have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too department: In an interview on CNN this morning, Team O spokesman Ben LaBolt said that O disagrees with SCOTUS’s ruling that the individual mandate in Obamacare is a tax.
Anchor Soledad O’Brien (of all people) questioned LaBolt: “His spokesman said it’s a penalty. The Supreme Court has said it’s a tax. What does he believe?”
“That it’s a penalty,” LaBolt answered. “You saw our arguments before the Supreme Court.”
“So then he disagrees with the Supreme Court decision that says it’s now a tax?” O’Brien asked.
“That’s right,” said LaBolt. “He said that it’s a penalty. You saw our arguments before the Court.”
Astonishingly, über-liberal O’Brien pointed out that the Regime’s solicitor general, Donald Verrilli, argued before the Court that if the justices chose not to find the mandate constitutional under the Commerce Clause, they could still uphold it because it is a tax; because “Congress has broad power to levy taxes.”
lied denied that the Regime had ever made such an argument: “It [the Regime] never referred to it as a…it never referred to it as a tax. It said that it was a penalty. And that’s under the section of the law that is the tax code, but it said very specifically that it’s a penalty.”
This was – dare I say – a bald-faced lie. Of course the Regime justified the individual mandate to SCOTUS as a tax.
Having said as much, while I’m amused by the continuing pissing contest over whether the mandate is indeed a tax, or a penalty (a buck is a buck), the machinations of the Regime as it continues to get its collective panties in a bunch over the “T” word are downright comical.
The bottom line is this: while the Regime’s lackeys continue to be shoved out to defend the O-man and ObamaCare against the “T” word, the one person who has remained silent about the issue is O himself. Where does he come down on the SCOTUS ruling? (other than being “for it.”) Does O believe the mandate is a tax? Does he think the Supreme Court is wrong – by Constitutional definition? When will he sack up and tell us?
Knowing O, he doesn’t give a damn about the legalities or the Constitutional implications one way or the other – just as long as ObamaCare stands. After all, at the end of the day, it’s really just about government control and wealth redistribution.
Quite a pickle in which we find ourselves when our ideology overrides logic.
Can’t wait for the debates.