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    Tax needle threaded perfectly

    Tax needle threaded perfectly

    The conundrum – how to be intellectually consistent that the mandate was an unconstitutional penalty to force people into commerce, yet deal with the fact that The Chief and the four liberal Justices called it a constitutional tax.

    I said the only solution to this pretzel logic was to say, the Supremes are the Supremes and the Supremes have spoken.  In other words, we don’t need no stinkin’ logic if they don’t use no stinkin’ logic.

    After a kerfuffle of mixed messaging, Romney threaded the needle perfectly (video h/t Hot Air):

    In an interview with Jan Crawford of CBS News, Mr. Romney said: “While I agreed with the dissent, that’s taken over by the fact that the majority of the court said it’s a tax, and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken.”

    “They concluded it was a tax. That’s what it is, and the American people know that President Obama has broken the pledge he made,” he added. “He  said he wouldn’t raise taxes on middle-income Americans. Not only did he raise the $500 billion that was already in the bill, it’s now clear that his mandate as described by the Supreme Court is a tax.”


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    Anchovy | July 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    If the Supreme Court says a cow is a horse it would still be wise not to bet on it in a horse race.

    Voluble | July 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Romney is EXACTLY the wrong guy at the wrong time to be leading this fight. He has no moral authority because of what he did in MA and he doesn’t really believe that our essential liberties are at stake. The ONLY thing he has going for him is that he is NOT Obama. I don’t think anyone has ever won when they did not give the voters something to vote FOR rather than AGAINST.

    Roberts needs to be excoriated at every opportunity and he needs to be made to feel that he has delegitimized the court in the eyes of the people. He had a choice between upholding his oath and getting patted on the back by the elite and he chose the latter.

    There is no word for him but traitor.

    Phillep Harding | July 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    The country is in rough times and may well be headed into rougher times. Whoever gets elected is going to have to do some unpopular things to get us back on the road, and I fear he will choose the course the “smart and educated with experience” recommend.

    Note how hard Bernanke is trying to do correctly something that should not be done at all. He studied the 30’s. He should have studied the financial crisis of the early 20’s, which was worse, but healed quickly because the fedgov did nothing.

    […] – Overheard in The Argument Room. “It’s a Tax.” “No, it’s a penalty.” […]

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