Ruling on Obamacare May Not Be What it Seems

Chief Justice’s John G. Roberts surprised many liberals and conservatives alike when he upheld the centerpiece for Obamacare as constitutional under the taxing power of Congress.  But I was surprised only by Roberts’ method of permitting the insurance mandate.  The law was carefully crafted as a penalty, not a tax.  But the ruling may not be what it seems.  It actually may hurt the reelection chances for Obama and Democrats.

What?  Am I finally ready to check into the old-folks home?  Is it early dementia setting in?  How can Roberts’ upholding the health care law’s individual insurance mandate hurt the president in his campaign?  Well, think about it.  I believe Justice Roberts, a conservative who was appointed by President George G. Bush, gave his decision a lot of thought.  If the Supreme Court had struck down this law as unconstitutional, Obama would avoid the train-wreck that awaits him and could then blame the Republicans for voters not receiving health coverage.  Also, Obama must now face the wrath of voters who have been told by the Supreme Court that the “penalty” is actually a tax.  Wow!  That’s almost like calling Obama a liar.

As it stands, the Republicans now have a strong rallying cry, reminiscent of “Remember the Alamo.”  It’s “Repeal Obamacare.”  If the Republican strategists were planning the Supreme Court decision, it could not have been much better.

I don’t like the precedent of giving the government even more power than it already has under the taxing authority.  I believe that a penalty is very different from a tax.  I know the expression, “If it quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.”  However, this health care requirement to purchase insurance or pay a penalty doesn’t sound like a tax to me.  It sounds pretty much like a penalty.  I suppose that we can now be happy that all fines for crimes can now be considered taxes.

America Needs Part-Time Politicians

Our founding fathers were part-time politicians, who returned to their day jobs after serving their country.  These were patriots who believed in a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  They served the needs of American citizens.  They asked what they could do for their country, not what their country could do for them.

Today’s politicians, both Democrat and Republican, are full-time professional bureaucrats who serve only themselves.  It’s all about them and their political careers.  It’s nothing about America and Americans.  They are politicians of a party, by a party, and for a party.  The party is just a means for them to obtain political power and gains.  They don’t care about you.  They only care about themselves.

Our founding fathers believed in something higher than themselves.  Our current politicians believe in nothing higher than themselves.  Several years ago, I was in the Capitol with some of our friends visiting us in D.C..  Several Congressmen walked by with their noses stuck up.  They wanted nothing to do with the common people.  I can remember a time when Congressmen at least pretended that they cared about the citizens.

I saw in the news the other day that many Americans do not believe it matters who wins the next presidential election.  The economy would be about the same either way.  That’s another way of saying that Americans do not believe in the two-party system anymore.  They can vote a Democrat in for “change,” and then vote a Republican in for “change.”  But there never really is “change,” because politicians from both parties are the same.  They are only interested in serving themselves and not their constituents.

One way to bring politicians down to earth is to remove their incentives to become professional politicians.  Only permit one term.  Eliminate campaign contributions entirely.  Eliminate their ability to accept any compensation from third parties for any reason.  Enforce bribery laws.  Take away their retirement and health-benefit packages.

After taking away their benefits and rewards, the professional politicians will dry up and leave the political arena, hopefully leaving good part-time politicians who want to do something for their country and their countrymen.