US $500million in taxes over 10 years.
That is the claim of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on the heels of the U.S Supreme Court’s ruling that President Obama’s plan for ‘Affordable Health Care’ is not a penalty for failure to purchase private health products, as repeatedly argued by the White House, but a tax legitimately levied by the government under the U.S Constitution.
Oil and Water.
While the legal merits and demerits of the decision by Chief Justice Roberts will be fodder for legal scholars for the foreseeable future, the verdict has left the incumbent with the unenviable task of defending another ‘tax’ knowing full well that like oil and water, taxes and politics don’t mix well – worse so in a recession.
This truth was not lost on the Chief Justice who remarked that it was not the job of the courts to save people from their political decisions. Essentially saying that people get the government – and by extension the kind and amount of taxation – they vote for.
Ironically, it is a Republican Conservative member of the Supreme Court who has simultaneously handed the President a legislative victory and fated his hopes of a successful re-election.
An Anathema to Americans.
Taxes like the ‘right to bare arms’ sets alight the American psyche.
Taxation for many millions of American is an anathema and is the hallmark of an intrusive government whittling away their money in the cause of matters of little concern to those most able and willing to earn taxable income.
That Chief Justice Roberts sought refuge in the definition of ‘tax’ to uphold Obama’s health care plan means that not only has he raised the ire of those who care little about affordable health care for all; but has now enraged that non-so silent majority who have scant regard for excessive taxation.
To be fair few could disagree with the merits of the health care argument which centres around the idea that health care shouldn’t be treated as ‘welfare’ but like automobile insurance it should be something that one contributes to in your own interest and in the interest of other users of health care facilities and services.
Is Car Insurance a Tax?
No-one regards car insurance as a ‘tax’ but rather money that is paid in advance to ‘hedge’ against a certain outcomes, the odds of which are determined by reference to certain variables such as age, driving experience, and previous motorway mishaps.
Of course this may be a distinction without a difference because although you may own a car you cannot legally drive it, other than on a private road, without securing private car insurance. You can however ‘opt out’ of the tax by resorting to public transport.
By calling the penalty for failing to contribute to your own health care a ‘tax’, though necessary to uphold ObamaCARE, the Supreme Court has complicated matters for the President and opened the door for utterances on the plan by his Secretary of State to be introduced in the heavy campaign rhetoric from the ‘anti-establishment’ who have been quick to hail the decision as confirmation of another White house tax on the American public.
Land of the Free?
With Independence Day in two days time national speechifying about the ‘land of the free’ will most certainly turn into national oratory on the ‘recessed land of the ‘over-taxed’.