Note: this is actually a combined post between the Inscrutable Mandarin and the Czar of Muscovy.
Heads up, Americans: today’s SCOTUS decision is actually good news for conservatives, and Justice Roberts knows the Constitution better than your average Congressperson.
Surprised? Because Justice Roberts is the senior Justice on the majority, he gets to write the majority opinion. And everything conservatives need to know is in there.
Obamacare is a tax—yes, the largest ever passed on the Middle Class. That sound you hear is a bunch of Middle Class Republicans scratching out of their eggs. Of course, to think that this will galvanize the majority against re-electing President Obama is wishful thinking; probably yes, and by big numbers based on the national unpopularity of Obamacare, but wishful nonetheless.
Not only does this drag down economic recovery, but it puts a cinder block around its neck in fairly deep water.
But because Justice Roberts defined that Obamacare is unquestionably a tax, Congress can now kill it outright.
The House is already scheduled to vote July 9th, and is expected to vote for repeal or non-implementation, which will pass easily.
The Senate is led by a majority of Democrats, but hang on—because Obamacare is not a tax, the Senate needs only 50 votes, not a majority to suspend implementation of a tax. In fact, 50 votes is quite doable in the Senate, if they can force Harry Reid to accept the vote.
In short, the Congress can hand President Romney a complete package for him to sign—why, Day One, as it happens—with everything in place. Of course, as a tax, we do not even need that: President Romney can grant waivers to all 50 states without Congress’s approval.
So while Conservatives are shocked and disappointed that the decision did not strike down the entire law as unconstitutional, this is by no means a day for liberals to celebrate. For all the high-fiving going on by liberals today, folks might want to stop and wonder why the Obama campaign is scrambling behind the scenes.
After all, we did mention that the Middle Class just got hit with a massive tax increase months before an election, right?
Scripsit The Mandarin et
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.