"It IS a Tax!"
Peter Lawler is Dana Professor of Government and former chair of the department of Government and International Studies at Berry College. He serves as executive editor of the journal Perspectives on Political Science, and has been chair of the politics and literature section of the American Political Science Association. He also served on the editorial board of the new bilingual critical edition of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. He has written or edited fifteen books and over 200 articles and chapters in a wide variety of venues. He was the 2007 winner of the Weaver Prize in Scholarly Letters.\r\n\r\nLawler served on President Bush's Council on Bioethics from 2004 – 09. His most recent book, Modern and American Dignity, is available from ISI Books.\r\n\r\nFollow him on Twitter @peteralawler.
So I go to Panera Bread (a great example of how a well-designed national chain can serve localist ends) yesterday and was confronted by several Floyd County members or fellow travelers of the Tea Party.
"What do you think of Roberts' opinion?" they ask me. I begin by commenting that it is intellectually dishonest. "Wrong!" they respond almost in unison. (Wrong again, I think.) "He called a spade a spade. It IS a tax!"
The spirit of the original Tea Party is emerging. It's not quite no taxation without representation. It's no hidden taxing by lying scum liberal representatives. Let's continue Roberts' good work by outing ALL the hidden taxes for what they are!
So could "It IS a tax!" really become an energizing campaign slogan?
Consider that the huge Medicaid expansion is, in effect, a huge tax on the states. The fiscally sinking states would have to, of course, pass that tax on to individuals.
The Tea Party could add to its campaign the effort to get all fifty states to opt out of the expansion—a right Roberts and the Court granted to the states. A lot of success along those lines would probably wreck ObamaCare.
A problem, though: Romney's argument (the argument of the Court's dissenters) is that the Commerce Clause's limitation on the power of Congress makes the national mandate unconstitutional, but state mandates are constitutional. He appeals to federalism to justify his RomneyCare but not ObamaCare.
RomneyCare's mandate, however, is just as much a tax as ObamaCare. Federalism recedes, to say the least, as an issue. So the "It IS a tax (stupid)!" slogan is not so good as Romney's battle cry.
That's why Romney is knocking himself out to make it clear that it's not a tax.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
The controversy over whether Jesus had any siblings is reignited after an amazing new discovery of an ancient text.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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