Let’s Set The Record Straight: ObamaCare Is A Tax; It’s The Obama PRESIDENCY That’s A Penalty.

Obama told us that he was opposed to using waterboarding (even if we couldn’t get information we needed to save the lives of millions of Americans) because waterboarding is torture.

Unfortunately, Obama is FINE with torturing the truth; it’s just terrorists he won’t torture.

Try to bear with me as we rehearse the sheer torture that Obama has administered on truth and logic:

1) Obama promised the American people up one side and down the other that he would never, ever ever raise taxes on Americans earning less than $200,000 a year (and less than $250,000 for a family):

Example 1:

BARACK OBAMA: And I can make a firm pledge: under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase – not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.

Example 2:

But let me perfectly clear, because I know you’ll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people: if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime.

2) Obama told the American people that raising taxes on Americans earning less than $200,000 a year would be an absolutely terrible thing to do to the US economy:

I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95% of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class.

3) Obama promised the American people that his ObamaCare mandate was absolutely NOT a tax.  Because, of course, if the mandate was a tax, then Obama would be a) a documented liar by 1) above and 2) an anti-American saboteur of the US economy by 2) above:

STEPHANOPOULOS: I wanted to check for myself. But your critics say it is a tax increase.

OBAMA: My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I’m taking over every sector of the economy. You know that. Look, we can have a legitimate debate about whether or not we’re going to have an individual mandate or not, but…

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you reject that it’s a tax increase?

OBAMA: I absolutely reject that notion.

[….]

STEPHANOPOULOS: “Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax?”

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “No. That’s not true, George. The — for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.

4) In outright contradiction of 3) above, Obama had his Soliciter General argue that ObamaCare IN FACT ACTUALLY WAS A TAX (hoping that the Supreme Court would recognize that he is a rabid, frothing liar and an anti-American saboteur of the US economy but that the rest of the American people would be too damned ignorant to understand.  As a further element of sheer hilarity and chutzpah, note that conservative Justice Samuel Alito points out the sheer, unadulterated galling hypocrisy of the Obama administration argument:

From the Daily Beast:

Despite being defined in the bill as a “penalty” (the word “tax” is never used), Solicitor General Donald Verrilli will argue tomorrow on behalf of the administration that the measure is a tax, since it is collected by the IRS and is intended to raise revenue and thus falls under the Taxing and Spending clause of the Constitution that gives Congress the “power to lay and collect taxes.” He will also argue that the law falls within the enumerated powers of Congress under the Commerce Clause, which gives it the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states.” In recent years, the clause has become a fiercely contested battleground with many on the right arguing forcefully for a far more limited reading.

Alito pressed the tax question Monday, saying: “Today you are arguing that the penalty is not a tax. Tomorrow you are going to be back and you will be arguing that the penalty is a tax. Has the Court ever held that something that is a tax for purposes of the taxing power under the Constitution is not a tax under the Anti-Injunction Act?” Verrilli answered no.

Verrilli argued on behalf of Barack Obama that ObamaCare WAS IN FACT A TAX:

“In passing on the constitutionality of a tax law,” a court is “concerned only with its practical operation, not its definition or the precise form of descriptive words which may be applied to it.” The practical operation of the minimum coverage provision is as a tax law. It is fully integrated into the tax system, will raise substantial revenue, and triggers only tax consequences for non-compliance…The Court has never held that a revenue-raising provision bearing so many indicia of taxation was beyond Congress’s taxing power, and it should not do so here.”

More:

GENERAL VERRILLI: It would be one thing if Congress explicitly disavowed an exercise of the tax power. But given that it hasn’t done so, it seems to me that it’s — not only is it fair to read this as an exercise of the tax power, but this Court has got an obligation to construe it as an exercise of the tax power, if it can be upheld on that basis.

Of course now the most dishonest administration that has ever contaminated the White House is arguing that they never said any such thing no matter how blatantly they must lie to say it.

5)  The Supreme Court allows ObamaCare to stand entirely because it is a TAX and NOT a penalty:

“The Federal Government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance. Section 5000A would therefore be unconstitutional if read as a command. The Federal Government does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance. Section 5000A is therefore constitutional, because it can reasonably be read as a tax.”

FACT: ObamaCare is either a tax or it is unconstitutional and must be overturned.

Only a traitor to the United States of America and its Constitution would argue that ObamaCare is NOT a tax but that ObamaCare should be allowed to stand.

6) Obama argues that the sole constitutional grounds that ObamaCare can stand does not apply to his blatantly unconstitutional takeover of health care and one-sixth of the US economy:

Obama campaign: It’s a penalty, not a tax
By BYRON TAU |
6/29/12 10:49 AM EDT

A top surrogate for President Obama insisted Friday that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act was not a tax — despite the fact that the Supreme Court narrowly preserved the law on those grounds.

“Don’t believe the hype that the other side is selling,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters on a conference call.

“This is a penalty,” Patrick said. “It’s about dealing with the freeloaders.”

(Also on POLITICO: How to repeal the health law: A GOP recipe)

The Supreme Court upheld the entirety of the health care law Thursday on narrow grounds, declaring that the individual mandate was legal under Congress’ taxing powers.

In the wake of the decision, Republicans and conservatives have accused Obama of raising taxes. Radio host Rush Limbaugh called the act “nothing more than the largest tax increase in the history of the world” on Thursday.

The White House has repeatedly insisted that the mandate is not a tax, with President Obama telling ABC in 2009 that he rejected that notion.

But Patrick said that it was about keeping people from getting care in expensive emergency room settings rather than private care settings. Further, he said that it would affect about one to two percent of Americans.

“By whatever name, it’s a solution,” Patrick said — still insisting that it was not a tax.

7) Seventy-five percent of ObamaCare TAXES will fall on those making less than $120,000 a year:

There are actually TWENTY-TWO new taxes created by ObamaCare that add up to $670 BILLION.  The mandate/penaty TAX is actually not a big deal when compared to the rest of this monstrosity.

ObamaCare IS a tax.  The Supreme Court ruled that it is a tax.  It is unconstitutional if it is not a tax.

It is the Obama presidency that is a penalty.

The American people have been rightly penalized for voting for this fool for the last four years.

A nation that does not deserve to suffer does not re-elect a pathologically dishonest liar like Obama.

America is like a puppy that made a mess and has spent the last four years having its nose wiped in its own feces.  I guess in four months we’ll see if we’ve learned our lesson or whether we actually like God damn America.

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