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When the entire liberal wing of the Supreme Court voted in 2012 to uphold the ObamaCare mandate (along with a seriously misguided Chief Justice John Roberts), it represented a massive blow to American individual liberty. With this ruling, the federal government obtained the power to force American citizens to purchase private market products under penalty of law (I can still barely believe this nearly two years after the ruling). We The Sheeple, who didn't want ObamaCare in the first place, now had to purchase government-approved health insurance or pay a fine, just by virtue of being alive. What a sad, sad precedent this sets. The government can now conceivably force us to buy any private market product under penalty of law. "You didn't eat your broccoli requirement, comrade, and where's your government-approved Iphone ??? Pay up, scofflaw !!!". What would Roberts and the Liberals Against Liberty argue then, stare decisis ? With ObamaCare, Big Brother got a whole lot bigger.
The ObamaCare mandate was a clear violation of the Commerce Clause (the government is supposed to regulate commerce, not force us to engage in it). ObamaCare violates the 4th Amendment (the government collects all our medical records under ObamaCare, which, in my opinion, is quite a leap beyond the NSA's collection of phone records). ObamaCare violated the 10th Amendment, which allows state sovereignty. It violates the 1st Amendment in spirit. ObamaCare is also incredibly discriminatory. It forces some people to pay for the health insurance of other people. It implements a variety of discriminatory taxes. Not to mention that ObamaCare was fraudulently sold to the American public based on a series of now well-established lies.
In my last post, I described how liberalism went from being a political philosophy promoting individual liberty to a political philosophy promoting big government authoritarianism and control over the individual. Nowhere is this more true than in the area of economics, where the liberal tax and spenders inside government have decided THEY know what to do with your money better than you do.
With April 15th approaching, I offer the following historical Tax Freedom Day chart, prepared by the Tax Foundation, which illustrates how much of the year the average American has to work just to pay his/her taxes:
Mirriam-Webster's definition of the word "liberalism" begins, "[a]political and economic doctrine that emphasizes the rights and freedoms of the individual and the need to limit the powers of government."
By this definition, I am a liberal, and I have been a liberal for my entire adult life. I believe strongly in individual rights, civil rights. I don't believe in human beings being placed under the thumb of government oppressors. This comes from a knowledge of history. Most of human history consists of monarchies, emperors, and other various forms of authoritarian government dictatorships, the kind that trample individual rights. Liberalism, a relatively modern invention, was the better way.
Warning to those who support Obama, those still deluded by this terrible President - you might want to cover your eyes, because you're not gonna like this post.
The federal government's national debt has risen to $17.5 trillion, with nearly $7 trillion of that amount being accumulated during the 5+ year presidency of Barack Obama. President Obama is on track to run up more debt than every other President in American history COMBINED, and he has already run up far more dollar debt than any other President. Hope and change, my aunt fanny.
Earlier this week, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) dropped the bombshell accusation that the CIA hacked her intelligence committee's computers while the committee was investigating the CIA's Bush-era post-9/11 interrogation methods. Feinstein has been a longtime defender of NSA programs spying on Americans, but she doesn't like it one bit when the spies turn their eyes on her.
With the President hawking ObamaCare like he's the Shamwow! guy, it seems like a good time for an update on the state of ObamaCare (I hear some people are calling it the Affordable Care Act, or ACA for short. Note - Obama's ACA is not to be confused with that other ACA, the American Correctional Association...even though they both involve punishment for non-compliance).
The White House is promoting the wonders of ObamaCare, but so far, the American people have not received the "good news". According to the latest CNN poll, 57% oppose ObamaCare, while only 39% support it. RealClearPolitics averaged several recent polls and found ObamaCare underwater by 15.4%. ObamaCare supporters tried to trumpet a Kaiser poll that showed American against repealing the health care law by a margin of 56-31, but the pro-ObamaCare crowd forgot to mention the fact that only 8% of those surveyed thought ObamaCare was fine as-is. A whopping 92% thought ObamaCare should be repealed, replaced, or repaired. That's hardly an endorsement, but I'll give the pro-ObamaCare spin doctors an E for effort. More people in the Kaiser poll voted to replace ObamaCare with the GOP plan than voted to keep ObamaCare as-is. This is notable because the GOP really doesn't have a plan !!! The GOP hasn't passed or even voted on anything to replace ObamaCare. This means more people in the Kaiser poll chose something that doesn't even exist over ObamaCare. On a related note, House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) claims the GOP is working on a plan, and they will have that finalized sometime this century.
Prologue - I believe the government shouldn't discriminate against any American citizens (equal protection and all that), but I'm going to throw that out the window for purposes of this post, and I'm going to accept the premise that discriminatory tax policies (progressive tax policies) are just. Most people seem to believe they are. This post is for progressives.
I've been reading some online articles about the top 1%, those allegedly demonic, greedy folks who, according to progressives, are driving income inequality in America and destroying the middle class.
As part of his new $3.9 trillion budget plan, described by the White House as "another responsible government step geared toward getting the nation's fiscal house in order", President Obama has included an unreported program known as Universal LifeCoach!. In an All Da King's Men world exclusive, I will unveil the details of that program today, but before I do that, I have to take a moment to commend our President for his budget busting spending proposal. As all progressives know, the way to achieve fiscal sustainability and help Americans is for the government to spend all their money and tax them to death. Kudos to Mr. Obama.
The idea for Universal LifeCoach! was sparked when President Obama saw an episode of Lindsay Lohan's new reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The President saw that Lohan, struggling with addiction, was assigned a "sober coach" to help her deal with life. it occurred to Obama that everybody could use a coach, or Big Brother, to help them get through life. Thus, Universal LifeCoach! was born.