Ogabe Junta Insists That Tax That Was Only Upheld Because It Was A Tax (Even Though Same Junta Had Repeatedly Insisted That It Wasn’t A Tax, Except When They Were In Court, Where They Argued That It WAS A Tax, Except When It Wasn’t), Is NOT, In Fact, A Tax.
Yes. His Imperial Majesty’s head is spinning too with all of the sophistry that was employed by Benedict Arnold in his “brilliantly conservative” ruling, but we didn’t write it, so don’t look at us that way.
Anyway, thanks to LC Cheapshot, we learn that Carney Barker is now busy insisting that the tax that isn’t or is a tax, depending on who you ask and when, is now no longer a tax.
“You can call it what you want. If you read the opinion, it is not a broad-based tax,” he said, stressing that the “penalty” would affect 1 percent of the population, based on CBO estimates. “It’s a penalty because you have a choice. You don’t have a choice to pay your taxes, right?”
Ouch. Where to begin? Well, if you do read the opinion, which Jay Carney Barker obviously hasn’t (there’s not a comic book version of it out yet), then you’ll clearly find that it was upheld because it was seen to be a tax, in spite of it nowhere in the actual legislation being referred to as a tax. But that’s the bottom line: Unless it’s a tax, it’s unconstitutional per Roberts et al. So there.
But why stop here?
Carney the Clown: You can take your 1% estimate and shove it up your butt once you get your master to pull his wedding tackle out of your amply reamed rectum. We have no idea what they base that 1% on, if they even have such an estimate, but it would have to be an assumption that 99% of Americans are mentally impaired. If the “penalty” tax + their expected health care costs add up to a number that is less than the premiums they’d have to pay for insurance, then they’re blithering idiots if they sign up for insurance, as they can otherwise just pay the “penalty” tax and sign up for insurance the moment they’re faced with high health care costs. Under the ACA, insurance companies can’t turn them down at that point.
Also, you actually DO have a choice when it comes to paying your taxes. You have several, in fact. You just may not like the consequences if you choose to “opt out”, which can just as easily be said for the consequences of “opting out” of OgabeTaxCare. It’s a distinction without a difference.
It’s a tax. And you and your master just enacted the biggest one in the history of the United States.
It’s a TAX, Motherfuckers! Eat it!