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Rays of sunshine on political front
December 15, 2010 - Lee Smith
Now is the winter of my ... content.
A day ago, I heard a national news report on the radio. The top two items were these: 1) The voice of President Obama touting his compromise with Republicans to extend tax cuts for ALL Americans. (Yes, even those dastardly rich people.) Politically, nothing is more pleasing than hearing someone with whom you have disagreed now praising your long-held position. Unless perhaps it is 2) A federal judge tossing out as unconstitutional the major legislative accomplishment of the aforementioned president. A judge in Virginia this week dropped the ax on Obamacare, saying no American can be forced to buy health insurance against his or her will, and under threat of new taxes.
As I write this, the Senate had passed the tax-cut extension and the House was debating the matter. Some House members, unaware that people with money are the ones who hire others, were feeling particularly irritable about the bill. But a fundamental lesson is: DO NOT RAISE TAXES DURING A RECESSION! I believe reason will win the day, even in the House. This House, by the way, will be gone in January, thank goodness.
As for the Obamacare ruling, the case and others like it are going to end up in the lap of the Supreme Court. I can't imagine the court ratifying the notion that Congress has so much power to regulate commerce that it can tell people what they must purchase. Such a decision would be a crushing blow to freedom. Here's to hoping for best.
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