When the ‘individual mandate is a tax’ concept is presented to some Democrats, they just don’t find it acceptable. So they try to use the Jedi mind trick. They simply repeat ‘it is not a tax’ on various news shows, possibly hoping it will enter the minds of viewers and the host will repeat it back convinced that the tax does not exist.
Because after all, a lie told often enough can become the Truth. A truism that Liberals live by.
Just look at Obama calls 8.2% unemployment ” a step in the right direction.”
So unemployment over 8%for 3 1/2 years straight is a “step” in the right direction!!
More people going on disability than jobs added is a “step”
More people on Food Stamps than ever is a “step”
Unemployment average time going up is a “step”.
But back to Obamacare….
So I will continue to Shout “IT’S A TAX!!!”whether the Left like it or not.
With that in mind, I can understand why Democrats are loath to calling the so-called Affordably Care Act what it really is—a tax!
I had a good time on Cavuto yesterday, at the expense of Nancy Pelosi who seems to have lost it in ways that Charlie Sheen seems to have lost it. She is just plain kooky, a walking train wreck of senseless babble and vitriolic rhetoric. Nonetheless, I took time out to help educate Nancy Pelosi and others on what Chief Justice Roberts meant when he said “it’s a tax.”
1. A charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.
The thing is these taxes will only grow and become more onerous, there is no incentive to get off government healthcare much like there are more and more reasons in general to stay snuggled within the nest of entitlements. But, this tax hurts almost everyone directly, through higher taxes, which means fewer jobs and less disposable income. I think another dictionary probably sums up why the party, so proud of tax and spend, is trying so hard to promote the Supreme Court decision without invoking the “T” word.
1. to steal
1. Giving money you don’t have to people you don’t know for a program you don’t believe in.
2. Legalized theft created by and used by the government, mostly used to pay for a war in Iraq or to give money to lazy people who refuse to work (see welfare).
Yes, the Urban Dictionary cuts to the chase in a much crasser manner than Webster, but the point is interesting. Fans of this new tax are hypocrites if they think only a few people should be taxed to create yet another entitlement program (not lumping social security and Medicare into this). But that’s the end game, hoping so many Americans have forgotten all taxation without representation to buy into the notion of tax anyone but me to make my life cushier.
Adding up Impact
By the way, since the media and administration love counterfactuals (jobs saved, depression averted) how about this one on the impact of healthcare.
There is a 2.3% excise tax on medical instruments. This will surely cut into the amount of money used for research and development. In a fantastic piece, Dr. Benjamin Zycher laid out how this negatively impacts all Americans.
10% cut on medical device R&D: $2.0 billion
Loss of life from breakthrough averted or delayed: 1,000,000 life-years
Economic impact from loss of 1,000,000 life-years to America’s economy: $100.0 billion a year
This thing costs a lot including the same freedoms that spark the creation of the nation in the first place. (Charles Payne)
Come 2014, you’ll have to pay a tax if you’re uninsured — but how exactly it’s going to work is still getting sorted out. The IRS isn’t sure how many people they’ll have to hire, or how much implementation will end up costing:
The changes will require new regulations, forms and publications, new computer programs and a big new outreach program to explain it all to taxpayers and tax professionals. Businesses that don’t claim an exemption will have to prove they offer health insurance to employees.
The health care law “includes the largest set of tax law changes in more than 20 years,” according to the Treasury inspector general who oversees the IRS. The agency will have to hire thousands of workers to manage it, requiring significant budget increases that already are being targeted by congressional Republicans determined to dismantle the president’s signature initiative.
“Knowing the complexity of the health law, there’s no question that the IRS is going to struggle with this,” said Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-La., chairman of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee. “The IRS wants more resources. Well, we need to start digging down into what are they doing with the resources and personnel.”
The penalty will be fully phased in by 2016, when it will be $695 for each uninsured adult or 2.5 percent of family income, whichever is greater, up to $12,500. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that 4 million people will pay the penalty that year.
The law, however, severely limits the ability of the IRS to collect the penalties. There are no civil or criminal penalties for refusing to pay it and the IRS cannot seize bank accounts or dock wages to collect it. No interest accumulates for unpaid penalties.
So how can the IRS enforce the mandate? Scary letters and threats to withhold tax refunds.
The law allows the IRS to withhold tax refunds to collect the penalty, and most filers get refunds. This year, 77 percent of the 135 million individual income tax returns processed by the IRS qualified for a refund. The average refund: $2,707.
For those who don’t qualify for a refund, a stern letter from the IRS can be effective, even if it doesn’t come with the threat of civil or criminal penalties, said Elizabeth Maresca, a former IRS trial attorney who supervises the Tax & Consumer Litigation Clinic at the Fordham University law school.
“Most people pay because they’re scared, and I don’t think that’s going to change,” Maresca said.
It’ll be interesting to see how effective the tax is — but of course, the better option would be a full repeal before implementation is necessary. (Katie Hicks)
But the only way that happens is if the Empire of the Left is sweep out.
BUT NEVER DISCOUNT THE REPUBLICANS ABILITY TO SNATCH DEFEAT FROM JAWS OF VICTORY.
“The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.”“The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself.”- Sen. Daniel Moynihan