Ok, the last few posts were somewhat facetious, illustrating absurdity by being absurd.
Then again… my point is much better documented and demonstrable than Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s.
She is still the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and she was speaking in defense of the Obama administration, it not unreasonable to assume her words are tantamount to an endorsement of policy direction by the DNC.
I can’t believe anyone votes for these clowns.
The utter lack of intellectual honesty she is exhibiting is astounding. Wasserman Shultz and the entire Obama administration are still trying to claim Obamacare is not a tax, while the Supreme Court has already ruled this is a lie and the only way to consider Obamacare constitutional is to consider it a tax.
Not content at merely lying, Wasserman Shultz then embarks on a massive expansion of the government’s role into every part of our life. As long as congress determines any activity is “irresponsible” then, in Wasserman Shultz’s view, congress should tax it.
There is not another way to interpret her remarks during her interview with Wolf Blitzer, when she said the following:
The way we usually think of taxation, Wolf, is that taxation as the IRS administers is collected on broad swaths and large categories of individuals. This is a penalty that will be assessed on the tax return if you choose to roll the dice and make us all pay for your being irresponsible and increase all of our health care costs.
We’re not going to tolerate that any more in America. You have to be responsible and you have to pay a penalty if you choose not to be.
What else can she mean when she threatens IRS enforcement on Americans who “have to be responsible and you have to pay a penalty if you choose not to be”?
She was making this point in trying to justify the “tax” as a “penalty,” and the use of the IRS to collect the “penalty” is just an act of convenience, not of taxation. Still, there is no way to interpret these comments as other than an endorsement of similar action against any activity she deems as irresponsible.
This is not a slippery slope, it is deadly quicksand, and such thinking will drag this country into the worst sort of hellhole, a bankrupt nanny state.
Everything from condom use (or lack thereof) to fatty foods; from getting pregnant to having an abortion; from being an alcoholic to being unemployed. All “irresponsible” behaviors are now in the interest of the federal government, and therefore within the power of the IRS to collect “penalties”.
If Democrats get their way, there will be no aspect of life wherein congress, or any future administration, could not make the case that an activity was “irresponsible” and, hence, taxable.
Shame. They must be defeated in November. Must. Be. Defeated.