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The Obamacare Hit to GDP

Bill258 Wrote: Jan 04, 2013 9:33 AM
The "Origination Clause" in the U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 7) requires that taxes be initiated in the House. The Senate took a House bill dealing with veterans and deleted the title and all text, leaving only the bill's number. ObamaCare was then inserted. The Supreme Court characterized the penalties in ObamaCare as federal taxes, but was not asked and did not address the issue of which body of Congress initiated the taxes. The Pacific Legal Foundation has filed a suit (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia) challenging ObamaCare on this issue. newsandopinions dot net
Ed52 Wrote: Jan 04, 2013 10:18 AM
It seems that politicians realize the Constitution can be ignored when it is inconvenient to pay attention. The MSM and the majority think it's fine and will not hold any Dem to task for being expedient. The latest Exececutive Order seems to violate the 27th amendment regarding Congressional pay -- Congress won't object.

I have seen Fiscal Cliff analysis written from two perspectives

1. Republicans Caved In
2. Democrats Caved In

Theory number 1 (Mine and others) says Congress punted the ball and Republicans waived the white flag. Given that virtually nothing has been done about the deficit, I fail to see how there can possibly be any debate on this. Yet there is.

Theory number 2 (primarily liberals) still blames Bush for the "Bush Era" tax cuts, while moaning about spending cuts that did...