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Sunday, July 1, 2012

The 2nd Amendment and Obama Care

By JW Ross

While those in favor of Obama Care celebrate its confirmation by SCOTUS and those who were against it lick their wounds, both miss the real issue raised by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruling . . .which is that, for the first time in American history, Congress can tax the public not only to raise revenue but also to formulate social policy under a very broad definition of public health.

If you read the Obama Care Bill you will note that it is only partly about what we would all agree is related to health care, ie, doctors fees, coverage of the poor, previous ailments, etc. Written deep into the text are laws that enable unelected bureaucrats to regulate (by taxation) just about anything they wish without any oversight if they deem it as a health issue - anything under the categories of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is fair game, not just obvious health related products like cigarettes.
For example, although they can't take away your right to own a firearm (2nd amendment/Bill of Rights) under Obama Care, they can deem that ownership of a gun puts you (the owner), or more likely the populace, at a health risk of being of killed or wounded because you have a gun.

The SCOTUS ruling confirms that for the first time the government has the right to tax you for your unhealthy behavior. In this case, owning a gun. For each gun they could, for example, demand that you pay a $100 HC tax. This tax will be collected by the IRS as part of your yearly income tax filing. Too, as a gun owner you will get the special attention of one of the 30,000 new IRS agents that the government will be hiring to enforce the health care mandates.

Further, to make sure that individuals report their gun tax accurately, the IRS will argue that to properly access the tax they will need all gun owners to register each gun they have on their income tax forms. Failure to do so would be a felony. Readers who don't care about gun ownership should understand that the new ruling by SCOTUS affects ALL of their inalienable rights (granted by the Bill of Rights and the Constitution).

Bottom line: The Federal government now has the tools to "tax" products or behavior which they don't approve of . . . .out of existence.
Obama Care . . . a dream come true for the Fabian Socialists!

Mercersburg, PA

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