Gov. Brown celebrates ObamaCare ruling

Steven Greenhut: Gov. Jerry Brown is happy with the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare ruling: “Today’s dramatic Supreme Court ruling removes the last roadblock to fulfilling President Obama’s historic plan to bring health care to millions of uninsured citizens.”

That makes sense. The court decided that the individual mandate isn’t really a mandate — but simply a tax. And Gov. Brown believes that the state and the country can pretty much tax its way out of its fiscal problems. Figures, a conservative justice appointed by President Bush, John Roberts, authored the opinion. Conservatives have little principled opposition to big government — they just have different ideas of how that government should be used.

Now Roberts has grown in office, as Republican appointees typically do, and has decided that as long as an edict offers a tax alternative (submit or we will tax you), then it isn’t really an edict after all. Conservatives believe in government taxation powers — how else can we afford to invade Iraq and other countries, or pay for drones to police our skies and guards to control the border? — so it’s not a surprise that they will come down on the side of government power.

And now Republicans, really the Stupid Party, have a presidential candidate particularly ill-suited to fight this battle given that he still defends the RomneyCare legislation he signed into law when he was governor of Massachusetts. I still think this decision — awful as it is — will slightly benefit the GOP for November, but that’s a rather small consolation. And it will embolden Brown and California’s big-government liberals.

JUNE 28, 2012







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  1. Richard deSousa
    Richard deSousa 28 June, 2012, 12:20

    I think the reality will surface when in November the California voters will decide whether Brown’s tax will be voted by the state’s people. I don’t think the voters will have the stomach to vote more tax on themselves when they see Brown willing to spend an additional 100 billion on a train to nowhere and sacrifice the state’s schools and essential services.

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  2. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 28 June, 2012, 15:48

    ANYONE who thinks Brown’s pension sales tax will pass, when people cannot pay their grocery, rent and utility bills, while GED cops are retiring at age 50 with $5-10 million pensions needs to have their head examined!

    Pension tax= DOA.

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 28 June, 2012, 16:50

    Wonder….are you educated?

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  4. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 28 June, 2012, 18:19

    John, Brian, Katy- Teddy’s sock puppet still posting-please fix – thank you, the Readership 😉

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 29 June, 2012, 07:49

    Your “taxes” must rise, for the CBO will hit ya with a two trill number over ten years for universal health care including illegal aliens!

    Hospitals will be great job generators. Population stats wiil rise creating consumer demand. Full employment a possibility!

    Keyensian economics works; FDR got it right.

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  6. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 29 June, 2012, 08:09

    John, Brian, Katy- Teddy’s sock puppet^^^^^ still posting-please fix – thank you, the Readership 😉

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  7. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 29 June, 2012, 09:04

    Wonder…guess I will have call Queeg on you. He won’t like being called on vacation in Havana!

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  8. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 29 June, 2012, 12:38

    John, Brian, Katy- Teddy’s sock puppet^^^^^ still posting-please fix – thank you, the Readership 🙁

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  9. Fred Mangels
    Fred Mangels 30 June, 2012, 07:08

    Gary Johnson for President in 2012!

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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 30 June, 2012, 13:34

    Mr. Johnson has an incoherent message. He needs to write a book about his father or something…

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  11. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 30 June, 2012, 18:51

    John, Brian, Katy- Teddy’s sock puppet still posting-please fix – thank you, the Readership 😉

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  12. myfoxmystere
    myfoxmystere 30 June, 2012, 21:40

    Go figure that Moonbeamasaurus gloats with glee over 0bamacare passing. RINO Roberts has shown his true nature to all of us.

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  13. Donkey
    Donkey 1 July, 2012, 08:04

    Jerry Clown is hoping that Obamacare will open up some more cash flow for his leech party and RAGWUS feeders.

    I do agree with John, the republicans don’t mind stealing from anyone to fund big government, all one has to do is look at the LE and FF RAGWUS to see that the pay, benefits, perks, and pensions for these crooks had just as many republican “conservatives” jumping on board as demonrats!! 🙂

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  14. Queeg
    Queeg 1 July, 2012, 08:18

    Rhinos. Libs. Moderates. Conservatives. Your all hosed. This health ruling just put billions into people’s hands who will rule you like a peon. 21 taxes to clean you out!

    Look for a multi-tiered health system where the poor, seniors, immigrants are on the bottom as usual….poor care and human misery while your rulers become richer and richer.

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  15. Donkey
    Donkey 1 July, 2012, 10:15

    Its Okay Queeg, this will only hastin the collapse of the RAGWUS. 🙂

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  16. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 1 July, 2012, 20:34

    Donk, “Queeg”, Uhaul” and “Burrito Bro” are all Teddy Steal sock puppet accounts………………….. You can tell b/c they all have the same format, post in sync order and keep misusing/spelling the same words, like “your”.

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  17. Chriss Street
    Chriss Street 3 July, 2012, 07:33


    Conservatives should be ecstatic that Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts sided with the four liberal Justices in ruling the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is constitutional as a tax, while siding with the four conservative Justices that the law is un-constitutional under the Commerce Clause. Roberts just humiliated President Obama as a politician, gutted the social welfare and regulatory state and appears to have set-up the entire Obamacare law to be constitutionally invalidated.
    Senator Barack Obama cemented his relationship with John Roberts by leading the opposition by liberal Senators to Roberts’ confirmation as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Obama said he did not trust Roberts’ political philosophy on Constitutional questions such as: “whether the Commerce Clause empowers Congress to speak on those issues of broad national concern that may be only tangentially related to what is easily defined as interstate commerce.” Obama as a constitutional lawyer knew Congress’ power to exercise control over individuals’ personal lives began through Supreme Court decisions during the President Franklin Roosevelt’s Administration that expanded the Constitution’s Commerce Clause far beyond its limited plain reading: “The Congress shall have Power”…“To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes”.
    President Obama may have stridently denied Obamacare was a tax, but the legislation contains 21 new taxes that raise $800 billion over the next ten years. On the same day as the Obamacare decision, the Court also ruled 6-3 that a law convicting a California politician named Xavier Alvarez for falsely claiming he won the Medal of Honor was unconstitutional. Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority: “Though few might find (Alvarez’s) statements anything but contemptible, his right to make those statements is protected by the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of speech and expression.” Having ruled dishonest boasting by politicians cannot be a crime; Roberts reasoned Obama’s dishonesty does not invalidate Obamacare: “decisions are entrusted to our nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them, it is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
    Before 1937, Congressional efforts to pass legislation forcing unionization, minimum-wage laws, restrictions on agricultural planting and so forth were held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court as “not commerce.” After winning re-election in 1936, Franklin Roosevelt proposed the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill that would have given him the right to “pack” the Supreme Court in his favor by appointing six more Justices. However, in what became known as “the switch in time that saved nine”, Justice Owen Roberts capitulated to Roosevelt’s threat to rig the Court by reversing his position and voting to expand the Commerce Clause to uphold minimum wage laws as regulating “commerce”. Four years later, an intimidated Court dispensed with the 10th Amendment to the Constitution: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”, as but a “truism” and not a limitation on Congressional power.
    Thomas Jefferson warned the natural tendency is for government to grow, like a poisonous vine, it sprouts through any gap. Giving Congress the power to freely regulate nearly everything, means they can choose which restraints to place on the self-interest of one regulated party in order to provide advantages to another. Not only does this expansion of the Commerce Clause lead to the continual rise of the social welfare and regulatory state, it is the secret sauce that funds political crony capitalism.
    The Roberts Opinion that Obamacare is “not commerce” guts seventy-five years of the poisonous growth of the vines of government under the expanded Commerce Clause:

    “The Framers knew the difference between doing something and doing nothing. They gave Congress the power to regulate commerce, not to compel it. Ignoring that distinction would undermine the principle that the Federal Government is a government of limited and enumerated powers. The individual mandate thus cannot be sustained under Congress’s power to “regulate Commerce.””
    In what may be Roberts ultimate legal slam-dunk of Obama, Roberts’ ruling that the President and Congress’ passed a tax now threatens to constitutionally invalidate all of Obamacare under Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution: “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” Although the law originated and was narrowly passed in the House and then the Senate wrote and passed their version of law, the House version hit a roadblock in the Senate. So Democrats to avoid an even riskier close vote in the House and because they reasoned the legislation wasn’t a tax bill, pulled the Senate version of Obamacare and deemed it passed. Failing to originate the final bill in the House allows another constitutional challenge that the law is invalid.
    Conservatives should praise John Roberts as a brilliant legal tactician that has revived the Original Intent of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause and vanquished Barack Obama’s quest for the Forward expansion of a Living Constitution. At the still young age of 57, Chief Justice Roberts may have two more decades to honor the strict construction meaning of the Constitution of the United States.

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