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If the individual mandate is a tax doesn’t that mean Mitt Romney raised taxes as Governor of Massachusetts?

July 1, 2012

  Some people have tried to put a positive spin on the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision by claiming that this ruling highlights the fact that Barack Obama lied to the American people when he promised not to raise taxes on anyone making under $250,000. Certainly the GOP hopes to make hay with this ruling by bringing up this tax increase every opportunity they get and this is something that Barack Obama tried hard to avoid for the longest time when he denied the individual mandate was a tax.

  “You can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s called a tax increase” is what Barack Obama told George Stephanopoulos when he was denying the mandate was a tax increase, and yet that is precisely what Chief Justice John Roberts did. For all intents and purposes if the government issues a mandate it is a tax increase in the eyes of the Supreme Court so Barack Obama can no longer deny this truth; he raised taxes on many of the American people.

  So while the GOP intends to make an issue out of this tax increase heading into the general election I have to wonder how successful this strategy will be when Mitt Romney as Governor of Massachusetts also implemented a tax increase on the residents of his state in the form of a mandate.

    Throughout the primary season Mitt Romney made the claim that he balanced the Massachusetts budget without raising taxes. Of course, in order for him to make this claim he had to deny that raising fees on certain activities at a conservative estimate of $740 million a year equalled taxation. These activities included driving, some fishing, owning a firearm, and drinking milk so Mitt Romney’s claim of not raising taxes was dubious at best before we learned that implementing a mandate was also a form of taxation.

  So while people may claim that–either intentionally or not–John Roberts provided the GOP with a rallying cry which just might bring down the Obama regime I question just how effective this strategy will be when the regime can simply point at Mitt Romney’s record as governor and his imposition of a tax on individuals who decide not to enter into commerce. He did nothing different than Barack Obama when it comes to the individual mandate and while conservatives may state that what Mitt Romney did as governor was constitutional because it was done at a state level–a position with which I agree–while Obamacare was unconstitutional because it was done at a federal level the Supreme Court has taken that argument away from the GOP as well by ruling a federal mandate is indeed constitutional because it is a tax; the Supreme Court makes no distinction between the two mandates.

  And state power vs federal power was an argument that Mitt Romney was making before the Supreme Court handed down its decision, but we now know Mitt Romney cannot use that argument moving forward. This means there is virtually no difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama when it comes to the issue of healthcare reform in the eyes of many voters and it takes his two biggest arguments–taxation and constitutionality–in regards to Obamacare off the table.

  I fail to see how this Supreme Court decision helps Mitt Romney and the GOP in the least now that Obamacare is going to be a major issue in the campaign, and I have to wonder if the GOP establishment is feeling a little buyer’s remorse at this point for pushing Mitt Romney on the American people as the only viable alternative to Barack Obama when he in fact gave Barack Obama the model which led to Obamacare.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. bunkerville permalink
    July 1, 2012 8:47 pm

    I understand that Romney received federal dollars to support his program as well. When this all comes out, the argument looses its punch as far as Romney being making a cogent argument.


    • July 1, 2012 9:09 pm

      I think you are right about that and I think we are seeing why Obama decided to forego appeals which could have delayed this decision until after the election. He wanted the SCOTUS to rule on it before the election so that an issue he felt he could hammer Romney on was front and center in the election instead of the economy. It looks like Obama one-upped the Republicans again.


  2. July 1, 2012 9:18 pm

    You make an excellent argument, Steve. It’s hard to see how this helps Romney and it damn sure doesn’t help America. (I still haven’t gotten over my mad. It’s going to take a few more days)


    • July 2, 2012 5:48 am

      Thanks Jim, I don’t see how Romney can win on this issue. The good news is that the right is now fired up because of the ruling and that might be enough to push him over the top.


  3. July 1, 2012 10:48 pm

    From what I know Mitt’s plan covered abortions and illegals.

    Mitt normally wouldn’t have a shot, I think, but the economy, Obamacare, etc… is helping him to maybe win.


    • July 2, 2012 5:52 am

      Illegals are getting coverage and it costs the residents of Massachusetts about $38 million a year. Meanwhile if you are a resident who cannot afford healthcare you are fined.


  4. cmblake6 permalink
    July 2, 2012 4:51 am

    Under the proviso that Mittens says something to the effect of, before the left can use it, “Yes I did this in Mass. Seemed like it would be a good thing. Turned out bad for the economy, and the economy is the most important thing right now!” he should be able to use this still.


    • July 2, 2012 5:54 am

      First he would have to admit that Romneycare was a mistake and he is still standing by it, I am still shocked he managed to win the nomination with this hanging over his head. I guess that shows us how weak the Republican field really was.


  5. cmblake6 permalink
    July 2, 2012 4:52 am

    Reblogged this on Cmblake6's Weblog and commented:
    Under the proviso that Mittens says something to the effect of, before the left can use it, “Yes I did this in Mass. Seemed like it would be a good thing. Turned out bad for the economy, and the economy is the most important thing right now!” he should be able to use this still.


    • July 2, 2012 8:30 pm

      Thanks for another reblog! Sadly Romney doesn’t seem willing to admit he made a mistake and he is standing by Romneycare.


  6. July 2, 2012 7:46 am

    Really, what I would point out is that the government argued that the personal mandate was a tax. Their lawyers took that to the SCOTUS. That was the basis of the decision. Team Obama got what they wanted-a tax. Now, they have to convince the people that what they said wasn’t a tax, and what they legally argued WAS a tax, and what the SCOTUS said was a tax, isn’t really a tax.


  7. ANONYMOUS permalink
    July 3, 2012 8:07 pm



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