Washington had an exciting week with the Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare. That decision led the Tenth Amendment Center to ramp up awareness about how states can nullify the federal healthcare tax bill and the Florida TAC explains how you can help.
Meanwhile, Rep. Connie Mack issued a statement holding Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson accountable on his promotion and support of the bill. Mack hopes to be the Republican nominee to unseat Nelson in November.
In lesser news, another celebrity meltdown occurred on Twitter with Cher’s rant about presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. No Romney supporters lost sleep over Cher’s Tweets.
Florida Tenth Amendment Center launches Nullify Now!
After the U.S. Supreme Court acted more as advocate than arbiter on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s totalitarian mandate, Republican leaders in the U.S. House took steps to set up a vote to repeal the bill most call ObamaCare.
The Florida Tenth Amendment Center, however, doesn’t want Americans to put all the opposing eggs in one basket.
F-TAC has launched a plan to nullify ObamaCare in the Sunshine state. Missouri is already engaged in the nullification process and Louisiana announced plans to do the same. F-TAC’s state director Andrew Nappi said, “November is a chance we just cannot afford to take.”
The Tenth Amendment Center said nullification is “a refusal on the part of your state government to cooperate with, or enforce a particular federal law or regulation it deems to be unconstitutional.”
TAC provides a 4-step action plan at the website Liberty Takeover 2012. You can add your name to a list asking Florida to nullify the bill and you can even print a copy of the proposed Florida Nullification Act to either share with others or send to your congressman.
Like House Republicans, Florida senator Marco Rubio opposed the healthcare tax bill; Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson promoted it enthusiastically.
Mack holds Nelson accountable for promoting ObamaCare
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson voted for the ObamaCare tax bill and frequently spoke about its merits. Republican Connie Mack is one of Nelson’s challengers in November, and Mack is holding Nelson accountable for supporting the bill.
After SCOTUS announced ObamaCare’s mandate would stand as a tax (unconstitutional within Commerce Clause, however), Mack said:
“Not only was Bill Nelson an unrelenting champion of the government takeover of health care, he cast the deciding vote on the most obscene new tax in our nation’s history – $525 billion according to the Congressional Budget Office, with implementation cost now doubled the original $900 billion estimate."
Nelson knew taxes were in ObamaCare—he expressed concern about the 1099 reporting requirement for businesses. That tax provision was ultimately repealed after both parties argued about how to pay for it.
As it now stands, the CBO said ObamaCare will increase the federal deficit, even with the other taxes that remain intact.
Meanwhile, the Cato Institute has argued that if the ObamaCare mandate is a tax, it is an illegal tax. Breaking federal law seems to be the status quo in Washington these days.
Mack polled within one point of Nelson in a recent Quinnipiac Poll, with the overall average at Real Clear Politics favoring Nelson by 6 points. That average, however, is partly a result of a poll totally out of kilter with other polls, the product of PPP, a left-leaning firm that somehow produced figures giving Nelson a 13 point advantage. That’s the only poll that gives Nelson a spread of more than 4 points.
The Florida Senate race is already tight, with 4 months left to make the public aware of how Nelson voted on issues that affect middle class budgets.
Nelson votes with the Democrat Party vote 94 percent of the time [Washington Post]. It is impossible for Nelson to distance himself from the Obama agenda.
Nelson, like other Democrats, asserted some claims about U.S. healthcare that were debunked. National Review fact-checked a claim by Nelson:
[T]he uninsured impose a "hidden tax" of more than $1,000 per person. That claim, as regular readers of NRO already know, originated with a left-wing advocacy group. A Kaiser Family Foundation study debunked the group's analysis, reaching an estimate closer to $200 per year for a family. The Congressional Budget Office has joined in the debunking.
Cher Tweets herself off the deep end
Cher holds nothing back when she Tweets, and she is no fan of Gov. Mitt Romney. Cher called Romney “the whitest man…” and insulted Romney’s faith in a recent message. Apparently Cher doesn’t realize the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate is Mormon. And Harry Reid (Nev.) is a whole lot whiter than Romney, at least as far as skin color goes. Cher is typical of Leftists who know little about policy, legislation or regulation and who often see people primarily in a racial manner.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/June 30, 2012)