Well, I will admit I was taken by surprise by the Supreme Court ruling in favor of ObamaCare. It seems so incredibly obvious to me that nothing in the Constitution gives the government the right to require me to purchase something whether I want it or not. And I still feel that way.
I think Chief Justice John Roberts has, for whatever reason, really screwed up on this one. His interpretation seemed a bit contrived, to me. But what do I know?
For better or worse, the Supreme Court is the last word in our legal system.
So now, I see a whole lot of greedy politicians sitting around figuring out how to run with this newly-established principle that, as long as it can possibly be construed as a tax, they can make us do anything.
What if Obama decides he wants to implement a tax penalty to make you buy a new electric car, for instance; we know how much Obama pushes environmentalism. He could potentially force a transition to all-electric vehicles simply by structuring it as a hefty transportation tax against anybody who burns gasoline. Exactly the same way ObamaCare mandates that you buy insurance, or you pay a tax of similar value. And the cost for this comes out of our pockets, one way or the other.
That’s an extreme example, of course. Here’s another, worked up by Ed Morrissey, tongue-in-cheek. It’s satire, but I kind of actually like his example, which is about enforcing the Second Amendment. After all, “keep and bear arms” is actually in the Constitution, unlike health care.
The principle has been established. And the Supreme Court has just given the government an incredibly powerful tool to make us do whatever they, in their infinite wisdom, want us to do.
We’re screwed. Thanks, John Roberts. Thanks a bunch.