As I type this, the President is signing the Senate/House version of the Reform bill, proper. [The Senate is debating the "fixes" this afternoon, but they too will pass shortly, and the President will sign them.]
He's just said that he is doing so, to remember his mother (who fought insurance companies to try to get treatment for the cancer that finally took her life), for Ted Kennedy, for Ryan Smith (a small business owner), for 11-year old Marcellus Owens (who lost his mom to an illness -- because she couldn't keep her job, and thus lost her health care insurance -- all due to the illness), and hundreds and hundreds of others. . . .
By the way, any Republican claim that this package is unconstitutional is burdened, then, with proving that the federal income tax is. . . likewise unconstitutional.
That's right, the GOP has been reduced to agreeing with the "nut-job" tax protesters who have lost. . . and lost. . . and lost, in their claims that the federal government does not possess the power to tax the people. It is simply an untenable position. The provisions complained of are tax provisions, not takings provisions -- plain and simple.
This hopeless GOP obstruction (filing of dubious lawsuits) is also a[nother] waste of tax-payers' money -- to pursue that specious argument in the courts.
[LIVE VIDEO, now, here -- on C-SPAN.org.]
Now, we speak truth. And we speak power. We now open a new era -- an era of a fairer America.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Posted by condor at 11:59 AM