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Thread: SCOTUS LIVEBLOG - Obamacare Mandate Survives-Part 2[W:1, 183, 386, 590]

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    Malignant bureaucracy. It's the American way. Love it or leave it.

    Screw 10-pages. All it would have taken was ten words:

    "The Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution is hereby overturned."
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    Re: SCOTUS LIVEBLOG - Obamacare Mandate Survives-Part 2[W:1, 183, 386, 590]

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    Malignant bureaucracy. It's the American way. Love it or leave it.

    Screw 10-pages. All it would have taken was ten words:

    "The Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution is hereby overturned."
    The 10th amendment has no meaning. It's just a tautology- that which has not been granted has not been granted. How can you overturn a tautology? What would that even mean lol?
    Total tax rates- People living in poverty: 16.2%. The median American: 27%. Working people who make over $140k/year: 31%. The top 1%: 30%. Super rich investors: around 15%. Help the democrats retake the house.

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    Re: SCOTUS LIVEBLOG - Obamacare Mandate Survives-Part 2[W:1, 183, 386, 590]

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    The 10th amendment has no meaning.
    Thanks to the SCOTUS and the corruptocrats in Congress whose lust for power is infinite, you're absolutely right. Congratulations, mission accomplished.

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    Re: SCOTUS LIVEBLOG - Obamacare Mandate Survives-Part 2[W:1, 183, 386, 590]

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    Thanks to the SCOTUS and the corruptocrats in Congress whose lust for power is infinite, you're absolutely right. Congratulations, mission accomplished.
    No. It never meant anything. All it says is that which is not granted isn't granted. That would be true whether the 10th existed or not. It's just a tautology
    Total tax rates- People living in poverty: 16.2%. The median American: 27%. Working people who make over $140k/year: 31%. The top 1%: 30%. Super rich investors: around 15%. Help the democrats retake the house.

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    Re: SCOTUS LIVEBLOG - Obamacare Mandate Survives-Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Di Salvo View Post
    Why did the left go crazy about Citizens United? Because the left saw it as an illegitimate power grab. That's why President Obama beat on the Supreme Court at his State of the Nation speech a couple of years ago. It's the political culture that requires we fight to the death. It's the way America does business in this age.
    That's seriously hyperbolic and full of wild assumptions, unsupported assumptions.

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    Re: SCOTUS LIVEBLOG - Obamacare Mandate Survives-Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by teamosil View Post
    That's just the reality of modern day legislation. It isn't anything deceptive or anything, that's just how it works for everything. The actual legislation passed by Congress sets up high level goals, it creates administrative agencies or positions or departments within agencies that are then tasked with coming up with the more specific regulations, then through a mix of agency and court decisions it continually gets more fleshed out and changes shape over time. That isn't just health care, that's how every major piece of legislation works. The major environmental statutes, for example, continue to generate tons of new regulations and directives and whatnot every day. Life is just way, way, too complicated to like spell out everything we'll ever need to know to totally redesign the health care system in a nice neat 10 page bill.
    It's not that we don't know what's in it, because it has been throughly read by now. However, laws take a life of their own and we can't say with any certainty how it will play out. This gives rise to wild rumors and speculation.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: SCOTUS LIVEBLOG - Obamacare Mandate Survives-Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    It's not that we don't know what's in it, because it has been throughly read by now. However, laws take a life of their own and we can't say with any certainty how it will play out. This gives rise to wild rumors and speculation.

    And rightly so. We were told numerous times this was not a TAX, the president. But IT'S A TAX. We were assured this was going to be paid for and we wouldn't have to change anything. "We the people" were lied to by everyone involved.

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    Re: SCOTUS LIVEBLOG - Obamacare Mandate Survives-Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy the Kid View Post
    And rightly so. We were told numerous times this was not a TAX, the president. But IT'S A TAX. We were assured this was going to be paid for and we wouldn't have to change anything. "We the people" were lied to by everyone involved.
    Four Supreme Court justices -- all conservative -- say that it isn't a tax. Are they lying, too?

    And of course Mitt Romney agrees with them ... and disagrees with them.
    "The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."

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    Re: SCOTUS LIVEBLOG - Obamacare Mandate Survives-Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    Four Supreme Court justices -- all conservative -- say that it isn't a tax. Are they lying, too?

    And of course Mitt Romney agrees with them ... and disagrees with them.
    Well, if we go back to stephanopoulos interview where Obama originally claimed it wasn't a tax, his justifications for doing so were rather weak, to say the least. Which made it seem more political ploy, than a well thought out, and articulable, position.

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    Re: SCOTUS LIVEBLOG - Obamacare Mandate Survives-Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Chuckles View Post
    Well, if we go back to stephanopoulos interview where Obama originally claimed it wasn't a tax, his justifications for doing so were rather weak, to say the least. Which made it seem more political ploy, than a well thought out, and articulable, position.
    Lots of Constitutional lawyers agree with the President that the mandate should have come under the Commerce Clause - the SCOTUS disagreed with that view. How was the President to know in advance what the Court's ruling would be in the matter?
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