"It IS a Tax!"
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.
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- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
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- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
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- Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system.
- It's also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.
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- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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