In the hours following the Supreme Court’s decision to ratify Obamacare, Romney got $4.6 million in donations from 47,000 individuals. The tide is with him. The Supreme’s are a game changer.
But Romney has to make the case. He needs to link the anemic jobs and economic situation to the Obamacare tax, spend, and regulate fiscal drag. And he has to add to that mix the dangers to our freedoms embodied in Justice John Roberts’s expansion of the power to tax our personal behavior.
Scott Rasmussen says the idea of Obamacare repeal has held steady at around 54 percent ever since its passage in March 2010. This reveals the dynamic political opportunity that Governor Romney has. Again, it’s a three-pronged attack: The anemic economy, the Obamacare costs that are stifling the economy, and the John Roberts expanded power of taxation that will bring us more mandates, more entitlements, and less personal freedom, all of which will further cripple the economy.
One way of looking at Roberts’s slight-of-hand decision to vote in favor of Obamacare is that a tax is a tax is a tax. As a non-lawyer, I see the Roberts vote as a massive expansion of federal government taxing power. Just what we don’t need.
Supply-siders like myself argue that when you tax something you get less of it. With Judge Roberts throwing in with the liberals on the Court to expand federal tax powers, we now face the massive threat of ultra-slow economic growth in the U.S. for years to come.
The Roberts Court has served up a “tax mandate” that is more powerful than the still-limited Commerce Clause regulatory mandate. Roberts has created a huge new loophole. Instead of new purchase mandates, we’ll have new purchase tax mandates.
This expanded tax power could force me to eat broccoli if the government so chooses, or make me put solar panels on my home. Governor Bobby Jindal now worries about the people who “refuse to eat tofu or refuse to drive a Chevy Volt.” Not because of the Commerce Clause, but because of the new tax-mandate clause. You’ll be taxed heavily if you don’t do what the government wants you to do.
And don’t we have enough taxes already in this country? And what about the tax threats that are coming down the road?
Repealing the Bush tax cuts and adding on the Obamacare tax hikes will produce outrageous marginal tax rates of roughly 45 percent for successful earners, dividend investors, and small-business owners. In other words, European-style taxes, which suggests anemic European-style growth.