The New York Times:
While Congress was working on the health care legislation, Mr. Obama refused to accept the argument that a mandate to buy insurance, enforced by financial penalties, was equivalent to a tax.
“For us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase,” the president said last September, in a spirited exchange with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News program “This Week.”
When Mr. Stephanopoulos said the penalty appeared to fit the dictionary definition of a tax, Mr. Obama replied, “I absolutely reject that notion.”
Well, Mr. President, I absolutely reject the notion that you are anything other than a lying ten-pound pile of shit in a five-pound bag:
...in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”
And that power, they say, is even more sweeping than the federal power to regulate interstate commerce.
Administration officials say the tax argument is a linchpin of their legal case in defense of the health care overhaul and its individual mandate, now being challenged in court by more than 20 states and several private organizations.
...In a brief defending the law, the Justice Department says the requirement for people to carry insurance or pay the penalty is “a valid exercise” of Congress’s power to impose taxes.
Funny how they never mentioned that during their push to impose socialized medicine upon the American people. Even their own side admits that Obama lied to the people he is supposed to represent:
Jack M. Balkin, a professor at Yale Law School who supports the new law, said, “The tax argument is the strongest argument for upholding” the individual-coverage requirement.
Mr. Obama “has not been honest with the American people about the nature of this bill,” Mr. Balkin said last month at a meeting of the American Constitution Society, a progressive legal organization. “This bill is a tax. Because it’s a tax, it’s completely constitutional.”
And why did Obama lie to the nation in the run-up to the nationalization of America's health care system? Because h eunderstood that the American people, if they knew the truth about what his health care reform really was and what its ultimate goal still is (a single-payer system), would reject it out of hand. By lying about it, he was able to convince enough members of his own party to push it through, as they believed they would not have to go home and defend the greatest tax increase in American history.
And the media still continues to express shock about how the American people have tuned out the president, and seem to have already made their choices for 2010, despite their (and the Democrat's) virtually non-stop demagogic attacks upon the Republican party (and to a certain extent, on the American people themselves, for being "selfish" and "stupid").
The media might have sold their souls to Barack Obama and The Party for mere pennies, but most Americans held onto theirs, no matter how they voted, leaving only the true believers to defend the indefensible, with cult-like chants:
The leader is good,
the leader is great.
We surrender our will,
as of this day...
The rest of us hold tight to our wallets , tune out the incomprehensible bullshit coming from Washington, and wait impatiently for November...