Apparently Chief Justice Roberts went over to the dark side. Philip Klein tweets:
The bottom line from the dissent:So there were 4 votes -- including Kenndedy -- to strike down all of Obamacare. But Roberts saved it.
Scalia/Kennedy/Thomas/Alito dissent calls decision "a vast judicial overreaching."John Hayward comments via Twitter (older tweets at bottom):
You are now the property of the State, which can levy a special tax against you, if you don't spend your money as ordered.Husband tweets:
Remember, Obama didn't just lie about ObamaCare being a tax. He LAUGHED at the idea, on national TV.
Prognostication winners: those who said the ruling would be both a win and loss for Obama. His tax hike on the poor survived the Court.
Shouldn't a law be judged on what it actually says - i.e. "mandate" - rather than being rewritten by justices to keep it alive?
So the Court just changed a law nobody read to tell the authors what they really meant.
Hey, Obama voters! Your boy just hit poor and middle class Americans with the biggest TAX in history!
So statists can claim anything isn't a tax, to get it past voters, then the Court will change it to a tax later.
So basically, the Court rewrote a clearly unconstitutional law, in direct opposition to the statements of its authors, to keep it alive.
Yeah, pretty much what I thought. Goodbye, Constitution, it was nice knowing you.
So Obama lied, said O-care's not a tax, but SCOTUS says it is. Thanks for voting for this guy, chumps.
Hope you all have invested in broccoli.I'll probably add to this throughout the day.
Q: When is a tax not a tax? A: Never! B: When it's convenient C: When we say so. D: All of the above. And vice versa.
SCOTUSblog: Kennedy says: "In our view, the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety."
And the noose grows that much tighter. It is so much more comfortable this way! Less nasty freedom to stress us.
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