Missoula, MT –-(Ammoland.com)- There’s been a lot of electronic chatter about the USSC’s Obamacare decision, including many comments about what an evil guy Chief Justice Roberts is. Here is my take on the decision, for what it’s worth.
I believe Chief Justice Roberts is wiser than many are giving him credit for. I suspect there was a deal understood among the five conservative justices to throw a political hand grenade into the upcoming November elections.
To accomplish that, it would be necessary for one of the five conservatives to vote with the four liberals to “uphold” (but not exactly) Obamacare. Roberts was the volunteer, but he cut a strong deal with the liberals in the process. The deal was that he would write the decision, that the decision would slam the door on creating yet another expansion of Congress’s Interstate Commerce Clause Power to regulate Americans, and that Obamacare would be clearly defined as a tax (not a regulatory effort).
In construing Obamacare as a tax, Roberts availed himself of a great opportunity to educate the voters of America.
He warned voters that it is not the job of the Supreme Court to protect voters from the folly of electing bad people to Congress or the Oval Office. What Roberts didn’t say overtly, but is within the message of the decision, is: “You voters really screwed up when you voted to elect a bunch of power mongers to Congress and the White House. You have the chance to do better this coming November.”
So now the largest tax increase in American history is the dead Albatross hanging around the neck of a lot of incumbent politicians who pushed Obamacare through Congress. That will be a huge liability for them in November, an especially good campaign tool for those opposed to this huge tax and running against the incumbents if the challengers exploit the issue well.
Further, a wooden stake is driven through the heart of the theory that Congress may force people to buy stuff they don’t want under the guise of regulating commerce among the states.
Finally, because Obamacare is now clearly defined as a tax, it makes yet again a grand liar out of Obama, it raises the pressure for Congress to repeal the entire package, AND it practically limits the penalties for those who don’t go along.
Gary Marbut, president
Not a bad outcome.
Montana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana
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