Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

July 22, 2013

Stumptalk: Lawless and corrupt? You decide

By John Patterson
Chronicle contributor

— Remember when Barack Obama promised, “I will not raise your taxes. Not Your Income Tax. Not Your Payroll Tax. Not Your Capital Gains Taxes. Not Any Of Your Taxes. Not one single dime. Period.” Good luck on that one. There are 19 tax increases included in Obamacare with more increases on the way!

That promise was about as disingenuous as the one he made about health care reform, “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period.”

ObamaCare was designed to force employers of 50 or more full-time employees to provide comprehensive health insurance and the penalty for non-compliance is a penalty of $2,000 per full-time employee per year. The Internal Revenue Service was supposed by law to start collecting the penalties Jan.1, 2014. The bi-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated Obamacare will result in 800,000 people losing their jobs, increase our debt by $759 billion, and that there will still be 31 million uninsured in 2023.

No wonder even the Democrats who voted for Obamacare now call it a “train wreck.” Obama hopes to disguise the mess by simply postponing the effective date of the employer mandate one year. But the ObamaCare law, as upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, clearly states: “Effective date...The amendments made by this section shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.”

Obama has no legal authority to change the date of the law’s implementation. Maybe he should actually read the 2,700 pages of text in the ObamaCare law, the hundreds of references to more than 6,500 pages of new IRS regulations, and its own 20,000+ pages of regulations. By the way, these regulations continue to grow by an average of 600 more pages every week!

Obama doesn’t seem to care whether his order to delay ObamaCare is lawful or not. He wants to avoid the trouble the destructive employer mandate would cause for Democratic candidates before the next election, an election he deems critical to his plan to “fundamentally transform the United States” and “re-distribute the wealth.”

The government admitted July 5 that it wouldn’t be able to verify whether applicants qualify for the subsidies that are supposed to make the required coverage “affordable,” but plans to give out the subsidies anyway. If a 35 percent level of fraud is the same as takes place with Medicare (and there’s no reason to suppose there will be less), the impact on our national debt will likely be in the hundreds of billions!

This isn’t the first time Obama has taken actions that are in violation of our laws. For example, two federal courts have ruled against him for making recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was not in recess.

In addition, Obama unlawfully removed the work requirement from the 1996 welfare reform law signed by President Bill Clinton, even though the law explicitly prohibits waivers to the work requirement. 

Obama used executive orders to pretend to legislate the DREAM Act, which Congress has repeatedly refused to pass. His bypassing of the law was so out of line that even his former economic adviser remarked, “I don’t totally get how the president can do this through executive order.”

Obama had the Department of Homeland Security implement key measures of the DREAM Act in order to essentially grant amnesty to many illegal aliens. Because of the large number of applications for amnesty, background checks were given up in favor of so-called “lean and lite” procedures. That is exactly what will happen to background checks for the 11 million illegal aliens who hope to be granted amnesty by the bill now awaiting action in the House. If the background checks of the Boston Marathon bombers couldn’t discover their obvious terrorist plans, what hope do we have for background checks of the 11 million?

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Stumptalk is published weekly in the Crossville Chronicle. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the Chronicle publisher, editor or staff. To contact Stumptalk, email coordinator Jim Sykes at sykes113@frontiernet.net.