Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Mandate Can Stay, Supreme Court Says in Health Care Ruling

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In a landmark ruling with wide-ranging implications, the Supreme Court today upheld the so-called individual mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty, the key part of President Obama’s signature health care law.

The court ruled that the mandate is unconstitutional under the Constitution’s commerce clause, but it can stay as part of Congress’s power under a taxing clause. The court said that the government will be allowed to tax people for not having health insurance.

“The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax. Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the ruling.

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C’mon SCOTUS

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The Supreme Court of the United States is preparing to issue its decision on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law this week.

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Romney Bus Tour Denies Voter Entrance to Public Event

Rock Island Illinois voter and resident Rueben Aguilar, doesn’t think much of Mitt Romney’s bus tour today in Davenport, Iowa. “I actually wanted to hear what he had to say but because I had a sign that read ‘Don’t Ship … Continue reading

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Republican Candidate Completely Ignores Question from Springfield Resident and Voter

Republican candidate Rodney Davis ignores concerned citizen and Springfield, Illinois mother of three children as he enters a private fundraiser held at a local restaurant.  See video link below of Davis dissing a registered voter. http://www.facebook.com/ActionNowIllinois

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WASHINGTON (WWJ) – It would mean a bit more money in the pockets of working Americans. A number of Congressmen from several states, including Michigan, are hoping to raise the current federal minimum wage to $10. U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-Mich.) joined Jesse Jackson … Continue reading

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(Reuters) The fortunate 400: David Cay Johnston

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/06/us-column-dcjohnston-top-idUSBRE85500720120606 7:20am EDT By David Cay Johnston (Reuters) – Six American families paid no federal income taxes in 2009 while making something on the order of $200 million each. This is one of many stunning revelations in new IRS data … Continue reading

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Rich Nontaxpayers

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The Bartlett article, in the New York Times, on the hypocrisy of the GOP would be hilarious if it was not true.  The GOP blame the Democrats for the low wage earners, people who don’t pay income taxes  (even though they pay a boat load in Social Security and Medicare taxes) on the credits that the GOP gave them.  While they shout ‘class warfare’ when Democrats want income taxes to rise back to the Clinton rates (you can’t include the 3% Medicare tax on upper incomes if you don’t count them as taxes for the low income folks}   Then stand silently when rich pay no taxes.

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