“It’s not often that a president’s most vocal critic comes from his own family, but I believe the inviolable oath I took to my patients demands that I oppose ObamaCare…I’m proud to call Barack Obama my cousin but my oath is to my patients and my loyalty is to liberty. You cannot choose your family but you can choose to stop them from tearing down the finest health care system in the world and turning America into a European-style social welfare state.” —Dr. Milton R. Wolf, My Cousin Barack Obama and Our ObamaCare Family Feud
At least there’s one member of the Obama clan that takes his oaths seriously. And while Dr. Wolf’s flexible cuz was in Seoul plotting unilateral disarmament with the Russians this week, his Affordable Care Act, that unaffordable, unpopular, and unconstitutional piece of socialist dreck, was at long last dragged kicking and screaming before the High Court, where its dubious legality was ineptly argued by Stuttering John, the Solicitor General, who discovered to his perhaps lasting dismay that defending the indefensible is no easy task:
In response to U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli describing fines imposed under President Obama’s health care law as a “tax,” Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan pointed out that Obama’s own budget director does not agree.
“The president’s budget director [Jeffrey Zients] himself told us about a month ago in testimony that it is not a tax.” (The Daily Caller)
But if the individual mandate is not a tax, then why does the Internal Revenue Service need an additional 4,000 tax collectors and a extra $303 million in order to oversee the program?
It’s not a tax whenever you don’t want it to be, and it is when you do. That’s the administration’s argument! And that’s what the NYT…calls “potential tension.” (Cue the comments: This is why people hate lawyers.) (Althouse)
Obama’s shell game shouldn’t fool anyone, let alone a Supreme Court justice—but this is Washington, after all, where half of the black robed personages listening to this undercooked malarkey are normally all too willing to haul the Constitution to the dumpster in order to replace it with an unpalatable concoction of their own:
With our Constitutional freedoms so clearly at risk, you’d think that this would be a slam dunk nine-to-zero ruling for the court. But instead, the expectation is that four Justices will vote for Obamacare, four Justices will vote against it, and just one “swing” Justice, Anthony Kennedy, may ultimately be the sole person to determine the future of our country and the citizenry’s relationship to Washington’s new progressive overlords.
That, in and of itself, is a terrifying proposition.
As is this fact: if the Obama team wins its case, then the members of the Supreme Court can pack their bags and toddle home for the last time. Because their only job is to interpret the Constitution… and the Constitution will be no more. (Hope n’ Change Cartoons: You Can’t Hurry Law)
As Obama’s conservative cousin reminds us:
[…] Obamacare was forced upon America by 219 congressmen, 60 senators and one president.
For America to be safe from future would-be authoritarians, their political careers must end. Politically speaking, we should level their cities and salt their fields so that when future generations look upon the barren wastelands that once were promising political careers, it will be a timeless reminder that Americans simply will not tolerate the betrayal of their will.
We elected the wrong member of the family.