“Good” Politics: The Government Redefines Poverty (In a way in which poverty likely will NEVER be “reduced”)

 The federal government has just decided that poverty for family of 4 in New York City means an income of up to $37,500, not $22,500.  Quite a leap. As before, the figure excludes earned income tax credit cash checks from the government and also medical and other non-cash assistance.

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The Creeping “Power to Tax”

In the recent health care ruling Justice Roberts showed the way for Obamacare. It is simply a tax, and as we know Congress has this expressed power under the Constitution.

This is of course a stretching (at best) of the founder’s intent. However this avenue has been used by those who would expand the state going back to the New Deal and even before that.

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Should the states simply nullify Obamacare?

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. – 10th Amendment of the US Constitution

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision regarding Obamacare I am increasingly of the opinion that the answer to an over-reaching federal government, not just in the Obamacare instance, but in the many instances where the feds appear to operate beyond the limits of the Constitution,

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Is the Healthcare Law Worse after Justice Robert’s Changes?

Yuval Levin seems to say so in the piece below. But in truth the law is better, not worse. It is better because in Justice Robert’s own words, it will now be “lawful, not unlawful” to say no to government defined medical insurance. Under the original bill, it was unlawful. You still pay for the privilege of saying no, but you aren’t breaking the law if you do. If this change had not been made, it could eventually have become a jail term for not buying government defined insurance.

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When Asked Where the Constitution Authorizes Congress to Order Americans To Buy Health Insurance, Pelosi Says: ‘Are You Serious?’

I know the answer. You know the answer. But what will the Supreme Court say? We’ll soon know.

(From CNSNews.com in 20120)

CNSNews.com: “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?

Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”

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Obama and the Big Drug Companies at Odds? New Emails Say “No Way.”

Some of the best reporting on crony capitalism being done right now is by Tim Carney at the Washington Examiner. The attached story is another great one.

During the Obamacare battle much was made of Obama’s effort at reining in the insurance and drug industries, for the sake of the “American people.”

Of course “health care reform” came out to benefit of both industries, throwing up a nice government mandated firewall around much of both industries.

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Obama Accuses the GOP of Madness, Perhaps, but there’s Plenty to Go Around

The reason Obama said this recently at a fundraiser in New England was because he honestly believes proposals such as the (increasingly dead) Ryan plan are extreme. Not even close Mr. President. Not even close.

Basically Obama is a statist. Some people consider the word a sort of slur, which it is not. Obama is committed to the state. That’s who he is. He believes that Washington is full of smart people and that the rest of America should just fall in line.

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