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Obama Administration Admits Individual Mandate Is A Tax

Remember when President Obama promised the nation he was not going to raise taxes, not one dime, back during the campaign on anyone making less than $250,000?  He broke that promise with the cigarette tax and now he will break it again via ObamaCare.  Those of us who stood against the government takeover of healthcare warned that it would amount to a tax on everyone.  And we pointed out that the individual mandate, the requirement that everyone must purchase health insurance or pay a fine, was unconstitutional.  Well now apparently, the Obama administration has latched onto the idea that the indivdual mandate equates to a tax as they argue that the mandate is consititutional and within the power of the government.

The New York Times is reporting:

When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But 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.

Under the legislation signed by President Obama in March, most Americans will have to maintain “minimum essential coverage” starting in 2014. Many people will be eligible for federal subsidies to help them pay premiums.

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.

Congress can use its taxing power “even for purposes that would exceed its powers under other provisions” of the Constitution, the department said. For more than a century, it added, the Supreme Court has held that Congress can tax activities that it could not reach by using its power to regulate commerce.

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.”

So Mr. President, which is it?  Is it a tax or isn’t it?  And when are the sheeple who voted for this guy and believed in his lies going to wake up?  When the nimble minded realize that the ”free” healthcare is not coming and that they have to fork over big money for insurance or get fined, they might not think of Obama as their messiah any longer.

Is Gulf Blowout Like 9/11?

Politico has reported, “Sounding reflective as he heads into a bruising electoral season, President Barack Obama told POLITICO columnist Roger Simon that the Gulf disaster ‘echoes 9/11′ because it will change the nation’s psyche for years to come.”  What in the hell is he talking about?!  The devastation of 9/11 was due to a terrorist attack on this nation.  Perhaps the President got manmade disaster mixed up with enviromental disaster?  Since the Obama administration detests the term “terrorism.”

While the oil blowout in the Gulf is devastating, it does not effect the entire nation’s psyche.  This comment makes it even more obvious that the President is clueless and out of touch.  While we spent the months after 9/11 recovering from the shock of the attack and trying to figure out why terrorists would want to hurt us and even more importantly, living in fear that the next attack could happen at any moment, we will not spend the months following this accident dealing with those same issues.  The country will not be going to war over the oil blowout either.  And BP is responsible monetarily for this cleanup, while we are on the hook to pay for the War On Terrorism.

Possibly the President is wanting to use 9/11 imagery to tip the American psyche in favor of his Crap & Tax agenda.  Obama as much as admitted this by saying, “In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11, I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come.”  If he can convince the nation that the situation is dire and that we can never again let this happen, Americans might be willing to support his agenda and the Green Industrial Complex.  That is precisely why he is allowing this disaster to expand and get as bad as it has as well.  There is no way that our government and the military are this incompetant.  It is obvious they are doing this on purpose.

Mexico Providing Illegals With ID In California

As if it was not outrageous enough to have the President of Mexico stand in the chambers of Congress and ridicule America for allowing Arizona to pass their criminal invader bill and calling on our government to trash the second amendment, we now have the country of Mexico issuing IDs to illegals right here in Mexico.  Sounds unbelievable, but it is true.  The Washington Examiner reports:

The Mexican government is opening a satellite consular office on Catalina Island — a small resort off the California coast with a history of drug smuggling and human trafficking — to provide the island’s illegal Mexican immigrants with identification cards, The Washington Examiner has learned.

The Mexican consular office in Los Angeles issued a flier, a copy of which was obtained by The Examiner, listing the Catalina Island Country Club as the location of its satellite office. It invites Mexicans to visit the office to obtain the identification, called matricular cards, by appointment.

Later the story was updated and has become more outrageous:

Mexican government officials have moved their satellite consular office from the Catalina Island Country Club to a Catholic Church – citing protection under the Geneva Convention.
 
 
Matricular Consular ID cards are issued to illegals living outside of Mexico by the Mexican government.  They are only provided to criminal invaders because, obviously, legal immigrants can obtain proper legal United States identification.
 

What is also unbelievable is that this card is accepted by American businesses and our government as ID.  This crap is phony!  Bank of America came under fire in 2007 when they announced they would accept the cards and issue loans to people presenting those cards.  And yet, Mexican banks do not accept the Matricular Cards.  Our borders are left wide open, Arizona is ridiculed and Mexico is handing out IDs here.  Where the hell are we living?

Democrats Stand Against Border Fence And Security

One of the few responsibilities of our federal government is the security of this nation. For decades they have not done their job securing our borders. Now that We The People are calling for action and Arizona has passed a strong illegal immigration bill, the Republicans have started pushing forward with legislation to strengthen the borders.  While Obama is sending up to 1,200 National Guard troops to border, Sen. John McCain has referred to that move as inadequate and introduced a bill calling for 6,000 troops to be sent.

McCain got about twelve Democrats to join him, but it was not enough for the 60 vote supermajority needed and so the measure was killed.  As was a measure requesting more than $2 billion in additional border security spending that was introduced by Republicans John Cornyn of Texas and Jon Kyl of Arizona.  So the Democrats stood against more border security today.  But they were not finished with just these two pieces of legislation.

Jim DeMint proposed an amendment to finish the 700 miles of border fence in one year.  A press release from Senator Jim DeMint on the amendment said:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) today announced that he will introduce an amendment to the financial regulation bill to require the completion of 700 miles of double-layer physical fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border within one year. Senator DeMint’s amendment follows through on the four-year-old promise made by Congress to secure the border under the Secure Fence Act of 2006. According to staff at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), just a fraction of double-layer fencing has been completed to date, with only 34.3 miles of double layer fencing in total (11.8 in California, 9.1 in Arizona, and 13.4 in Texas).

Senator DeMint’s amendment was already approved last year by the Senate in a bipartisan 54-44 vote, with 21 Democrats joining 33 Republicans in support of the measure. However, Democrat leaders gutted the amendment behind closed doors after “the Obama administration had opposed rapid expansion of the fence.”

“We’ve now had two administrations fail to keep their promise to the American people to secure our border and Americans are tired of excuses,” said Senator DeMint. “Americans have demanded a real fence to combat the very real problems of illegal immigration that have led to human trafficking, drug trafficking, kidnapping and violence on our border. Congress will never be able to achieve long-term reform to create a legal immigration system that works until we secure our borders.

“We’ve had rhetoric and promises for four years without results. It’s time we completed the fence and secured our borders to protect American citizens.”

Jim DeMint just tweeted at around 8pm ET this evening that the measure had been defeated by the Democrats in a vote of 45 to 52.  We cannot even get these incompetent imbeciles in Congress to at least build a fence.  A fence they promised us and are required by law to build.  A fence that has worked wonderfully for San Diego.  The Democrats are not interested in border security obviously.

Robert Gibbs Criticizes Sarah Palin On Oil Spill Comment

Sarah Palin appeared on Fox News Sunday over the weekend and criticized the President’s response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf and wondered aloud if perhaps all those campaign contributions he has received from oil companies and BP in particular has skewed his response.  She said, “I don’t know why the question isn’t asked by the mainstream media and by others if there’s any connection with the contributions made to President Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration.  If there’s any connection there to President Obama taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there, and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico — now, if this was President Bush or if this were a Republican in office who hadn’t received as much support even as President Obama has from B.P. and other oil companies, you know the mainstream media would be all over his case.”

There is no doubt that the Obama administration has been abysmal in their response.  Obama has done one flyover and now weeks later, Ken Salazar and Janet “Nappy” Napalitano are finally going to do a flyover today.  And supposedly President Bush screwed up on Hurricane Katrina?!  President Obama has received the largest donation from BP and its derivatives in the last twenty years.  That would cause one to wonder.  So what is the response from the White House?

White House Spokesmoron provided the response on another Sunday show.   He said, “Sarah Palin was involved in that election but, I don’t think she was paying a whole lot of attention.  I’m almost sure that the oil companies don’t consider the Obama administration a huge ally.  My suggestion to Sarah Palin would be to get slightly more informed as to what’s going on in and around oil drilling in this country.”  Gibbs should take his own advise and get more informed…on anything.  How many press briefings have we suffered through observing Gibbs respond with, “Ah…ah…umm…uh…I need to check into that?”  That is precisely why he is the Spokesmoron.

The truth is hard to hide from and the truth is that Obama received $77,051, the most given to any candidate by BP.  Critics point out that Republicans have received far more from the oil and gas industry as a whole, which is true, but a Democratic administration is in charge right now and BP is the gas and oil company responsible here.

Posner Apologizes To China For Arizona Immigration Law

How in the world is this happening in America?  Are people really proud of that decision they made back in November 2008?  The country of China is one of the worst violaters of human rights for nearly the entirety of their history and yet it is the United States of America apologizing for civil rights violations?!  This is outrageous, especially considering that we have are not violating civil rights.  What am I talking about?  The Arizona criminal invader bill.

China was here on Friday for human rights talks and after the meeting concluded, Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner held a press conference.  He said, “Yesterday we were here. We had a variety of — discussion on a variety of topics, including religious freedom, labor rights, freedom of expression, rule of law, racial discrimination and multilateral cooperation. We also discussed a number of individual cases.”

When the press pushed Posner about which particular human rights cases were discussed he gave no answer.  He talked around the issue and then the following exchange happened:

Q Did the recently passed Arizona immigration law come up? And if so, did they bring it up? Or did you bring it up?

 MR. POSNER: We brought it up early and often. It was mentioned in the first session and as a troubling trend in our society, and an indication that we have to deal with issues of discrimination or potential discrimination. And these are issues very much being debated in our own society.

So America will not press China on their one child policies or their actions in regards to Taiwan and specifically Tibet, but we will apologize for upholding our laws?!  What exactly does China do to criminal invaders?  They arrest you and you hope that they kick you out rather than put you to death.   Here are their rules and they sound similar to ours, the ones being upheld by Arizona’s law:

CHAPTER II ENTRY

[Article 6] Foreigners wishing to enter China should apply for visas at a Chinese diplomatic mission, consulate or other body in a foreign country authorised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Under special circumstances, they may also, in accordance with the stipulations of the State Council, apply to the visa authorities at ports designated by the Chinese Government authorities in charge of visas.

Entry visas for nationals of countries which have signed visa agreements with the Chinese Government shall be handled in accordance with such agreements.

Where a foreign country has special regulations relating to entry by Chinese citizens,the competent authorities of the Chinese government may, according to the circumstances, adopt corresponding measures.

Foreigners with onward tickets who are transitting directly through China on international flights and who spend less than 24 hours in China without leaving the airport shall not require visas.  Those wanting to leave the airport temporarily must obtain the approval of the frontier inspection bodies.

[Article 7] Foreigners applying for the various types of visa are required to submit a valid passport and other relevant documents if necessary.

[Article 8] Foreigners invited or employed to work in China should present documentary evidence of their invitation or employment when applying for visas.

[Article 9] Foreigners who intend to settle in China are required to present a “Confirmation of Domiciliary Status” form when applying for a visa.  The applicant should apply for the form to the public security authorities of the place where he or she intends to domicile.

[Article 10] The competent authorities of the Chinese Government will issue appropriate visas on the merits of the entry applications of foreigners.

[Article 11] When aircraft or ships engaged in international navigation arrive at Chinese ports, the captain of the aircraft, captain of the ship or their agent shall submit a name list of the passengers to the frontier inspection authorities.  In the case of foreign aircraft or ships, a name list of the flight crew or ship’s crew shall also be submitted.

[Article 12] Foreigners considered to be persons who might endanger the security of the State or the social order of China shall not be allowed to enter the country.

CHAPTER III RESIDENCE

[Article 13] Foreigners residing in China must hold an identity card or residence permit issued by the competent authorities of the Chinese Government.

The period of validity of the identity card or residence permit shall be fixed according to the particulars of entry.

Foreigners residing in China shall, within the prescribed time, submit the documents to the local public security authorities for examination.

[Article 14] Foreigners who, in accordance with Chinese law, invest in China or are engaged in economic, scientific and technological or cultural co-operation with Chinese enterprises or institutions and other foreigners who need to live in China for an extended period may acquire long-term or permanent resident status after approval by the competent authorities of the Chinese Government.

[Article 15] Foreigners who seek asylum for political reasons shall be allowed to reside in China after approval by the competent authorities of the Chinese Government.

[Article 16] Foreigners who fail to observe the laws of China may have their period of residence shortened or their resident status revoked by the competent authorities of the Chinese Government.

[Article 17] Foreigners lodging temporarily in China shall go through the formalities of registering their temporary lodging in accordance with the regulations.

[Article 18] Foreigners holding residents’ permits who change their place of residence in China shall register their move in accordance with the regulations.

[Article 19] Foreigners without residence permits and those studying in China may not be employed in China without the permission of the competent authorities of the Chinese Government.

Why exactly were we apologizing?  I wish the Illustrious One would have made it clear during his campaign that his singular focus would be to apologize when it comes to foreign policy.

The Oil Spill Blame Game By Obama

This is getting ridiculous!  As the oil spill in the gulf continues to grow with gallons and gallons of oil spewing from an underwater well, the President has taken to finger pointing while complaining that he is tired of the finger pointing.  The President gave a laughable address about the situation from the Rose Garden on Friday.  The President began, “I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous spectacle during the congressional hearings into this matter.  You had executives of BP and Transocean and Halliburton falling over each other to point the finger of blame at somebody else.” Ahem…Mr President, you are about to do that.

While this President has recieved the most donations from BP and its affiliate PACS in the past twenty years, he actually had the cojones to claim, “For too long, for a decade or more, there has been a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill. It seems as if permits were too often issued based on little more than assurances of safety from the oil companies. That cannot and will not happen anymore.”  So does this mean that the President is going to return his donations?  How about that cozy relationship between his EPA and companies like BP that was passed over when it came time to scrutinize the operations.  And why exactly was Obama’s team so prepared for just such a disaster as he has claimed?  Could it be that they knew this accident would come eventually?

Several solutions have been tried by BP to plug the oil leak and nothing is working, but that has not stopped Obama from claiming that his administration has been on top of the problem.  He did fly over the situation a while ago after all.  Obama said, “The potential devastation to the Gulf Coast, its economy, and its people require us to continue our relentless efforts to stop the leak and contain the damage.  Now, from the day he took office as Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar has recognized these problems and he’s worked to solve them. Often times he has been slammed by the industry, suggesting that somehow these necessary reforms would impede economic growth. Well, as I just told Ken, we are going to keep on going to do what needs to be done.”  I’m sorry, how do reforms help this situation right now?  Did Obama and the rest of Congress think about these reforms while pocketing big donations and allowing oil lobbyists to whisper in their ears.  And I know a thing or two about Ken Salazar since he used to represent me in Congress.  He has been the biggest roadblock to shale exploration in Colorado.  His idea of reform is to leave us beholden to foreign entities for our energy.  Wait a minute, isn’t BP a foreign entity?

When exactly was the last time an oil spill accident happened with an American company.  Too long ago to remember.  Even the Exxon Valdez was transporting foreign oil.  Several legislatures have put forward legislation to block all off shore drilling forever.  These boneheads and their Green industrial Complex are going to leave this country unsecure and screwed.

FreedomsWings is a conservative libertarian gay female blogger and radio host.  Co-founder of the Conservative Alliance Media Network and Founder of Freedom’s Wings Politics.