ObamaCare is upheld, now what?

By now you have heard the awful news that ObamaCare’s individual mandate was upheld by SCOTUS today through a legal parlor trick: changing the individual mandate into a tax.  While this make very little sense to me, it opens the opportunity for a way out of this horrendous liberty destroying debacle.  Any tax can be repealed.  Votes on tax repeal cannot be filibustered. 

So we must turn our attention to the Third Bite.  The First Bite was the “Shellacking” of the 2010 elections. Those historic wins by the Republicans were fueled by anger over the passage of this bill.  The Second Bite was the earth shattering win in Wisconsin in June.  The Third Bite is what We The People do in the ballot box in November: the Third Bite is our next move.  Making this move will not be easy, because nothing worth copious amounts of time ever is.  

Now back to the ruling…

Three things were accomplished by the cunning nature of Justice Roberts ruling today.

Via Emily Zanotti:

  • Limited the Commerce Clause significantly
  • Limited the Necessary and Proper Clause signficantly
  • Limited the Federal Government’s power to coerce the states into altering their laws.

So, in other words, this court limited the power of the federal government in three key ways, while still receiving the adulation of the President who’s mission it has been to increase the power of the federal government. It may seem genius, but I don’t think that is how the Chief Justice intended for this to happen. 


Though, to be fair, it’s not as bad as it looks. Commerce Clause power has been limited. The government is now forced to own Obamacare as a tax, which they deliberately lied about before, and the liberals have stopped whining about the court being “too political.” So we win.

Any criticism of the court about perceived partisanship is nullified by this ruling.  No more whining and pouting about the unfairness of it all, like the song and dance we were made to endure after the Citizens United thingamajig.  

The ruling sends the whole nasty package back to be rectified by the people’s representatives. And that is where things can get fun.  Obama has said repeatedly that the individual mandate is not a tax.  So many times in fact, that we have a wonderful video via Ben Howe for you:
The beauty of this is that while the President considers this ruling a win, the majority of the American people do not.  In fact most recent polling from Rasmussen has support for the Affordable Healthcare Act at an underwhelming 48%, while 62% of Americans believe that the AFA will cause companies to drop health care insurance.  ObamaCare is not an issue that the Democrats can run on and expect to win.  In fact any time they mention it they have to call it a new tax.

It ain’t all bad news…

One person has benefited mightily from this disastrous day.  Mitt Romney is reporting fundraising of $4.2 million dollars since the announcement.  That’s impressive, and it’s only the beginning.


Link Love:

In case my take on things didn’t cheer you up, check out what Kate Hicks wrote over at TownHall. You will enjoy this peek into her beautiful mind. CLICK HERE

Shane’s take: http://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2012/06/scotus-upholds-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act/ 

Via Smitty http://theothermccain.com/2012/06/28/michele-bachmann-obamacare-decision-response-at-the-scotus/

DataTechGuy: http://datechguyblog.com/2012/06/29/im-sure-white-house-wants-it-democrats-meet-pyrrhus/

Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304058404577494400059173634.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

McCaskill won’t attend the DNC this year…

To be fair, records show that Claire never attends the Democratic National Convention in years that she is on the ballot. She contends that she isn’t running from the President at all. To the contrary, Claire actually seems to bemoan Obama’s lack of support for her. 

Via PoliticMO:

— McCaskill, in her own words, via the National Journal: “I’m frustrated that they’re not there campaigning frankly… It’s very expensive… I mean all of my colleagues that are in the states where the president is campaigning have a huge foundation of support in terms of the get out the vote mechanism, the coordinated campaigns, all the different offices. We don’t have that in Missouri. … Our campaign is building that ourselves. We’re opening offices all over the state. We’re hiring people. Typically in a presidential year in Missouri that would be done by the presidential campaign, so it is a problem. It is a problem. It makes it harder for me, not easier for me that he is not campaigning in Missouri. … The cake is baked… I think most Missourians know that I supported President Obama. I think it’s kind of silly to think whether or not I go to the convention looks like I’m running from the president. I mean, only a bunch of political Republican operatives would get [the media] ginned up about this. Because frankly it seems dumb to me.” http://bit.ly/MzZN0B 

As I have noted many times before, Claire is a political operative of the highest order.  She takes extraordinary care with her messaging and narrative control. But this year she is rated most vulnerable by senate race watchdogs and is under a considerable burden to differentiate herself from the losing national campaign of Obama. 

Not attending the convention may seem a savvy move to her, but to most voters it’s another telltale sign that she sides with a party that lacks ideas. For the past three years the Democrats have rammed through hugely unpopular policies that resulted in the “Shellacking of 2010” and losses on the local level around the country.  Now in the wake of stunning victories for Governor Walker and the GOP in Wisconsin, the handwriting on the wall is clear.  


Democratic National Committee communications director Brad Woodhouse pic via Twitchy.com

I can see November.


Link around:

CNN Political Ticker notes Dems skipping out.

Gateway Pundit: DCCC Chair says stay home if you want reelection

The Daily notes some Dems distancing themselves from Obama

US News Washington Whispers notes West VA Gov won’t make it either


Romney Bus Circles, Honks Obama — Again | Buzzfeed

BOSTON — For the second time in as many weeks, Mitt Romney’s campaign taunted President Barack Obama outside a speech.

Romney’s campaign bus circled Obama’s fundraiser at Boston Symphony Hall Monday night several times, according to Romney deputy press secretary Ryan Williams and verified by several onlookers who said it was honking its horn as it passed.

Williams told BuzzFeed that the bus made “a few” laps before local police closed the roads around the venue before Obama’s arrival. They plan on bringing the bus back after Obama leaves to attend another fundraiser.

Earlier this month in Cleveland, the Romney bus circled the venue Obama was speaking at and honked its horn several times.

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The Obama campaign has to be having really awkward meetings to discuss how much fun the Romney campaign is having.   And how scary that is: for them. Romney pulled another “hey look at this” move when the campaign bus circled an Obama fundraiser and honked the horn repeatedly, proving that Romney does indeed have a sense of humor and is enjoying the campaign trail immensely.

It doesn’t hurt that the Romney bus looks sleek, cool and new; not a bit hopey changey at all.