“In the current debate over the amendment to defund Obama-care, I find the actions of the Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate appalling. These actions are especially maddening when one considers that this is a law that never should have seen the light of day, but, passed by one vote in the Senate,” states Texas businessman and 2016 American Citizen Party presidential candidate Bob McNeil.
McNeil asserts, “As has been well documented, the administration and Democrats had to argue first that the individual mandate’s penalty was not a tax (in order to round up congressional votes), then had to argue in some courts that it was a tax (for some purposes) and in other courts that it wasn’t a tax (for other purposes), and then had to use the “it’s a tax” argument as a Hail-Mary afterthought in its Supreme Court argument, even while knowing full well that if they somehow won the case on that basis, they would immediately disavow in public the very argument they used to win the case.”
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was asked to rule on the constitutionality of the Obama-care Mandate on the grounds that the government had no constitutional authority in its attempt to force Americans citizens to pay for insurance by law. McNeil recounts, “With the law having already experienced numerous near-death experiences and survived only on the basis of trickery and sheer dishonesty, this unconstitutional and illegitimate law — and a deeply unpopular one with a majority of the public — was on its death-bed again before Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts lost his nerve. Roberts reportedly sided originally with those who would kill the law in its entirety. Logically, legally, constitutionally, he knew the law did not pass muster. Logically, legally, constitutionally, he also knew that the mandate’s penalty in particular was not a tax. That’s how he voted in conference, and that’s what he was prepared to announce — until Obama’s pressure and public scolding from some editorial boards made Roberts blink.” Continue Reading →