Roberts has poured gas on the fire. Intentionally.
This Obama Care ruling with Chief Justice Roberts at the center of it seems to me to be a blessing in disguise.
Let’s look at this in the simplest terms… which is the best way for me as I’m drunk most of the time.
1. The number one tactic on the Left to find legitimacy within the constitution for their schemes is removed. The Commerce Clause has been and to this point was yet again offered up as authority for Leftists to force. Force anything they wanted… and they were hoping for a victory on Obamacare based on the “authority” of the Commerce Clause thus opening the door to making you do anything they wanted. This use of the Commerce Clause has been emasculated.
They lost this now and for the future. Justice Ginsburg is not happy about this…
2. Roberts opinion put’s Obama Care in the category of a tax. Nobody has yet been “harmed” by the tax as it has not kicked in yet. (It is my opinion that Roberts and many of us knew the Left, if losing the case, was going to repackage Socialized Medicine as a tax – just like Medicare – and push it that way. This would buy them another four years of legal wrangling all the while continuing to build their health care bureaucracy in the background where nobody see’s it. Yes, kind of like Iran and their nuclear program. The Socialists and the Theocrats are very similar in most ways.)
But now that it is a tax… and declared as such by all parties… the second it kicks in and “harms” somebody, the suits will start flying. Only this new challenge will have happened much faster than the Liberals would have wanted. Remember, like any good drug dealer you don’t have a solid customer until their hooked, which takes a little time, and that’s what the Liberals have openly stated.
3. Since it is a tax… it lands squarely back into the hands of Congress and our duly elected representatives who are up for election in 120 days more or less. Hmmm…
4. The court has reinforced the states right to not participate. The court has reinforced the ability for the states not to proceed with the Medicaid expansion without retribution. The Left does not like this either… Socialism has no room for State’s rights and the 10th Amendment.
I think Roberts knew exactly what he was doing in the name limited government contrary to popular belief. But I seem to run contrary at times.
It appears to me that he has pushed this to a fight. He has accelerated what he knew would otherwise be a long drawn out exercise to the benefit of the Socialized Medicine crowd. He has also opened a multi-front war on this program combined with the right amount of governing philosophy required to report on it. Who knows, may be the American people will learn something over the next few years. May be not.
I will always stand tall to be corrected… we’ll see.
None of you will remember what I’ve stated here in two years anyway.
(From exactly Two years ago… originally posted 062912)