The GOP/Fox News machine is twisting itself into a pretzel over the “mandate is a tax” part of the Obamacare decision. They now effectively have their heads up their tushes.
First, they demonize Justice Roberts for calling the thing a tax. It’s not a tax, he’s wrong, he’s evil, he’s a moron.
But then, in the next breath, they turn around and start campaigning against Obama for imposing this horrible new tax. It is a tax. It is, it is! We are going to call it a tax every minute of every day from now till November.
So eight Supreme Court justices from both the left and the right agree that the mandate was purposefully written as a penalty and is not a tax. The GOP and Fox say these justices have interpreted the Constitution correctly, but when President Obama says it’s not a tax, he’s no legal scholar, he’s a liar.
You can say it’s not a tax if your name is Antonin Scalia, but not if your name is Barack Hussein Obama.