Exclusive: Steny Hoyer explains taxing Americans for lack of health insurance

posted at 9:30 am on March 25, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Well, actually, he doesn’t, although he should. My good friend Jason Mattera graciously allowed us first crack at publishing his brief interview with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, taped by his colleague Alyssa Cordova of the Claire Boothe Luce Institute. The author of the new book Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation starts off the chat pleasantly enough, disarming Hoyer by thanking him for all his work on health-care reform, before asking him exactly who thought it was a good idea to sic the IRS on Americans for not buying the right kind of health insurance:

In a sense, you have to feel a little sorry for Hoyer, who appears to have bought Jason’s momentary nice-guy approach. That sympathy rapidly disappears when it’s obvious that Hoyer really has no good answer for allowing alleged tax cheat Charlie Rangel to write these new tax laws that will force Americans to pay fines if the IRS doesn’t approve of their health-insurance coverage, with tax cheat Tim Geithner ultimately in charge of those efforts. If Hoyer and the Democratic leadership can’t feel shame over that sorry record, the least they can feel is embarrassment.

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You aren’t “ASKING” them, you are “FORCING” them.

uknowmorethanme on March 25, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Excuse me, them = us.

uknowmorethanme on March 25, 2010 at 9:33 AM

The Democrats have finally been able to put a tax on our bodies and they’ll punish us if you don’t pay it . . . how much more personal can tyranny get?

rplat on March 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Sales made through the links above will result in compensation to me at no extra cost to the buyer.

What?! I’m telling on you! Profits are evil!

Doughboy on March 25, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Why should I feel any sympathy Stenny being fooled. He just help perpetrate one of the greatest frauds on the American people.

I have no sympathy for any of these schmucks in Washington.

I’ll even less when I’m trying to determine if my health insurance is IRS compliant.

How do Democrats spell compassion? I-R-S

Ampleforth on March 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Love that guy. Unfortunately, they will all soon know who he is and avoid him like celebrities avoided Stuttering John back in the day. Jason may need some disguises soon.

Go get ’em, Jason!

kcluva on March 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

I really had to laugh at Rep Weiner (D NY) on O’Reilly last night. He refused to answer the question of who would levy the fines against Americans who violated the Obamacare health insurance mandate.

We all know it’s the IRS, but Weinerdog refused to come out and say it. The guy is a complete weasel.

UltimateBob on March 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Speaking of Rangel!!
====================

Rangel To Jason Mattera “Mind Your Own God Damn Business”
(video)

http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=20152

canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 9:37 AM

The IRS enforcement angle should make for some great political commercials this late summer\fall.

WashJeff on March 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM

We all know it’s the IRS, but Weinerdog refused to come out and say it. The guy is a complete weasel.

UltimateBob on March 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

There are liars and then there are politicians.

WashJeff on March 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM

how much more personal can tyranny get?

rplat on March 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Just watch, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Soon they’ll be telling us what we can and can’t eat. Oh, wait, they’re already starting to do that.

UltimateBob on March 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Priceless,Hoyer has that wtf,at 1:03 mark!

canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 9:41 AM

There are liars and then there are politicians.

WashJeff on March 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM

And few are more loathsome than Weiner and Wasserman-Schultz.

Besides, of course, the “power players” like Pelosi, Reid, Axelrod, Emanuel, and the Big Cheese himself, Obama.

UltimateBob on March 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Taxman – The Beatles
============================

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWAl5V-SiKQ

canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Mattera… yu da man !!!

stenwin77 on March 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Jason “Balls” Mattera.

Abby Adams on March 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Jason should have first ask Hoyer when he planned to sign up for ObamaCare.

Rovin on March 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Tim Geithner
=========================

He needs to resign!!

canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Jason should have first ask Hoyer when he planned to sign up for ObamaCare.

Rovin on March 25, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Naah, that would have blown his cover too early in the interview. It was better to lead Hoyer to think he was sympathetic, and then slam him when he let his guard down.

UltimateBob on March 25, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Healthcare yes, Marxism NO!

Kjeil on March 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Don’t flame me, but I wish Jason had not said “stones.” “Nerve,” perhaps, but not stones. It took away his credibility and I think Hoyer might have stuck around for a bit longer.

Don’t get me wrong, though, I think the DEMS are POS.

Oink on March 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Confrontational journalism. Nice work mattera. One stroke, then followed up by a couple of pokes. I gotta hand it to hoyer for composure, he was on his heels and the bell rang.

ted c on March 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM

I really had to laugh at Rep Weiner (D NY) on O’Reilly last night. He refused to answer the question of who would levy the fines against Americans who violated the Obamacare health insurance mandate.

We all know it’s the IRS, but Weinerdog refused to come out and say it. The guy is a complete weasel.

UltimateBob on March 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

That was painful to watch. O’Reilly haters should give that interview a look. He took it to Weiner(wait, that doesn’t sound right) and he managed to do it on such a simple question. I don’t know why he wouldn’t just come out and admit that the IRS will be the chief enforcer of Obamacare.

Doughboy on March 25, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Don’t flame me, but I wish Jason had not said “stones.” “Nerve,” perhaps, but not stones. It took away his credibility and I think Hoyer might have stuck around for a bit longer.

Don’t get me wrong, though, I think the DEMS are POS.

Oink on March 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM

You realize this post takes away your credibility right?

uknowmorethanme on March 25, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Taxman — Cheap Trick

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp_qMbDmB8Y

Tuning Spork on March 25, 2010 at 9:50 AM

***

We all know it’s the IRS, but Weinerdog refused to come out and say it. The guy is a complete weasel.

UltimateBob on March 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

I saw that too. How about the way he looked away from the camera. I thought he was going to put his hands over his ears and start screaming, “Nananannananana. I can’t hear you. Nananannanana. I can’t hear you.”

And how about his analogy to fines for litering.

Apparently, Weiner believes that in terms of littering and the insurance mandate, all Americans voluntarily pay fines.

Dems must have polled this matter and have been told that under no circumstances should you directly discuss the IRS’s role in enforcing the insurance mandate. It must be so toxic in their polling that they’d rather look like jack***es in interviews before owning up to it.

LIARS, all of them.

BuckeyeSam on March 25, 2010 at 9:50 AM

That was painful to watch. O’Reilly haters should give that interview a look. He took it to Weiner(wait, that doesn’t sound right) and he managed to do it on such a simple question. I don’t know why he wouldn’t just come out and admit that the IRS will be the chief enforcer of Obamacare.

Doughboy on March 25, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Gotta avoid making all of your opponents’ campaign commercials.

uknowmorethanme on March 25, 2010 at 9:51 AM

The Tax List!
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1. Accounts Receivable Tax
2. Accounting and Tax Preparation (cost to taxpayers $300 billion)
3. Accumulated Earnings Tax
4. Accumulation Distribution of Trusts
5. Activity Fee (Dumping Permit Fee)
6 . Air Tax (PA coin-operated vacuums)
7. Aircraft Jet Fuel Tax
8. Aircraft Excise Tax
9 . Alcohol Fuels Tax
10. Alcoholic Beverage Tax
11. Alternative Minimum Tax – Amt
12. Ambulance Services (Air Ambulance Services, SD)
13. Ammunition Tax
14. Amusement Tax (MA, VA, MD)
15. Animal Slaughter Tax (WI, others, Per Animal)
16. Annual Custodial Fees (Ira Accounts)
17. Ballast Water Management Fee (Marine Invasive Species)
18. Biodiesel Fuel Tax
19. Blueberry Tax (Maine)
20. Bribe Taxes (Pay If You Dare)
21. Brothel licensing fees (NV – $35,00000 per year per brothel)
22. Building Permit Tax
23. Capital Gains Tax
24. California Interstate User Diesel Fuel Tax
25. California Redemption Value (Can and Bottle Tax)
26. CDL License Tax
27. Charter Boat Captain License
28. Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee
29. Cigarette Tax
30. Cigarette Tax Stamp (Acts) (Distributors)
31. Compressed Natural Gas Tax
32. Commercial Activity Tax (OH – for Service Providers)
33. Corporate Income Tax
34. Court Fines (Indirect Taxes)
35. County Property Tax
36. Disposable Diapers Tax (Wisconsin)
37. Disposal Fee (Any Landfill Dumping)
38. Dog License Tax
39. Duck Hunting Tax Stamp (PA, others)
40. Electronic Waste Recycling Fee (E-Waste)
41. Emergency Telephone User Surcharge
42. Environmental Fee (CA – HazMat Fees)
43. Estate Tax (Death Tax, to be reinstated)
44. Excise Taxes
45. Facility Fee (CA – HazMat Fees)
46. FDIC tax (insurance premium on bank deposits)
47. Federal Income Tax
48. Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
49. Fiduciary Income Tax (Estates and Trusts)
50. Fishing License Tax
51. Flush Tax (MD Tax For Producing Wastewater)
52. Food License Tax
53. Fountain Soda Drink Tax (Chicago – 9%)
54. Franchise Tax
55. Fresh Fruit (CA, if Purchased From A Vending Machine)
56. Fuel Gross Receipts Tax (Retail/Distributor)
57. Fuel Permit Tax
58. Fur Clothing Tax (MN)
59. Garbage Tax
60. Gasoline Tax (475 Cents Per Gallon)
61. Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax
62. Generator Fee (Recycled Waste Fee)
63. Gift Tax
64. Gross Receipts Tax
65. Habitat Stamp (Hunting/Fishing in some states)
66. Hamburger Tax (Ask Huckabee)
67. Hazardous Substances Fees: Generator, Facility, Disposal
68. Highway Access Fee
69. Household Employment Taxes
70. Hunting License Tax
71. Illegal Drug Possession (No Carolina)
72. Individual Income Tax
73. Inheritance Tax
74. Insect Control Hazardous Materials License
75. Insurance Premium Tax
76. Intangible Tax (Leases Of Govt. Owned Real Property)
77. Integrated Waste Management Fee
78. Interstate User Diesel Fuel Tax
79. Inventory Tax
80. IRA Rollover Tax (a transfer of IRA money)
81. IRA Early Withdrawal Tax
82. IRS Interest Charges
83. IRS Penalties (Tax On Top Of Tax)
84. Jock Tax (income earned by athletes in some states)
85. Kerosene, Distillate, & Stove Oil Taxes
86. Kiddie Tax (Child’s Earned Interest Form 8615)
87. Land Gains and Real Estate Withholding
88. Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee (Occupational)
89. Lease Severance Tax
90. Library Tax
91. Liquid Natural Gas Tax
92. Liquid Petroleum Gas Tax
93. Liquor Tax
94. Litigation Tax (TN Imposes Varies With the Offense)
95. LLC/PLLC Corporate Registration Tax
96. Local Income Tax
97. Lodging Taxes
98. Lump-Sum Distributions
99. Luxury Taxes
100. Make-Up Tax (Ohio, applying in a salon is taxable)
101. Marriage License Tax
102. Meal Tax
103. Medicare Tax
104. Mello-Roos Taxes (Special Taxes and Assessments)
105. Migratory Waterfowl Stamp (addition to hunting license)
106. Minnow Dealers License (Retail – For One Shop)
107. Minnow Dealers License (Distributor – For One+ Shops)
108. Mobile Home Ad Valorem Taxes
109. Motor Fuel Tax (For Suppliers)
110. Motor Vehicle Tax
111. Music and Dramatic Performing Rights Tax
112. Nudity Tax (Utah)
113. Nursery Registration (Buying and selling plants)
114. Occupancy Inspection Fees
115. Occupation Taxes and Fees (Various Professional Fees)
116. Oil and Gas Assessment Tax
117. Oil Spill Response, Prevention, And Administration Fee
118. Parking Space Taxes
119. Pass-Through Withholding
120. Pay-Phone Calls Tax (Indiana)
121. Percolation Test Fee
122. Personal Property Tax
123. Personal Holding Company (undistributed earnings)
124. Pest Control License
125. Petroleum Business Tax
126. Playing Card Tax (Al)
127. Pole Tax (TX – A $5 Cover Charge On Strip Clubs)
128. Profit from Illegal Drug Dealing
129. Property Tax
130. Property Transfer Tax (DE, ownership transfer between parties)
131. Prostitution Tax (NV – Prostitute Work Permits)
132. Poultry Registered Premises License (Sales License)
133. Rain Water Tax (Runoff after a Storm)
134. Rat Control Fee (CA)
135. Real Estate Tax
136. Recreational Vehicle Tax
137. Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Fees
138. Regional Transit Taxing Authority (Trains)
139. Road Usage Tax
140. Room Tax (Hotel Rooms)
141. Sales Tax (State)
142. Sales Tax (City)
143. Sales And Use Tax (Sellers Permit)
144. School Tax
145. Service Charge Tax
146. Self Employment Tax
147. Septic And Drain Field Inspection Fees
148. Sex Sales Tax (UT, when nude people perform services)
149. Sewer & Water Tax
150. Social Security Tax
151. Sparkler and Novelties Tax (WV Sellers of Sparklers, etc)
152. Special Assessment Tax (Not Ad Valorem)
153. State Documentary Stamp Tax on Notes (FL RE Tax)
154. State Franchise Tax
155. State Income Tax
156. State Park Fees
157. State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
158. Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) Fuel Tax
159. Stud Fees (Kentucky’s Thoroughbred Sex Tax)
160. Tangible Personal Property Tax
161. Tattoo Tax (AR Tax On Tattoos)
162. Telephone 911 Service Tax (some states)
163. Telephone Federal Excise Tax
164. Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
165. Telephone Federal Surcharge Taxes
166. Telephone State Surcharge Taxes
167. Telephone Local Surcharge Taxes
168. Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
169. Telephone Recurring Charges Tax
170. Telephone Universal Access Tax
171. Telephone Non-Recurring Charges Tax
172. Telephone State Usage Charge Tax
173. Telephone Local Usage Charge Tax
174. Tire Recycling Fee
175. Tobacco Tax (Cigar, Pipe, Consumer Tax)
176. Tobacco Tax (Cigar, Pipe, Dealer Tax)
177. Toll Road Taxes
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181. Traffic Fines (Indirect Taxation)
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183. Trailer Registration Tax
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186. Utility Taxes
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189. Underpayment of Estimated Tax (Form 2210)
190. Unreported Tip Income (Social Security and Medicare Tax)
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196. Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Fuel Tax
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198. Watercraft Registration Tax
199. Waterfowl Stamp Tax
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202. Workers Compensation Tax

canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 9:54 AM

The IRS enforcement angle should make for some great political commercials this late summer\fall.

WashJeff on March 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Dems are petrified of the image. This guy has the right idea:

Taxman – The Beatles
============================

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWAl5V-SiKQ

canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Can you imagine all the liberal, baby-boom-generation members of Congress seeing GOP ads ridiculing Obamacare for its IRS enforcement mechanism with the Beatles as background music. Hey, GOP, just make sure you get permission and pay the appropriate licensing fee.

BuckeyeSam on March 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Ugh,sorry Capt’n Ed,I’ll just use the link next time:)

canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM

canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM
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Can you imagine all the liberal, baby-boom-generation members of Congress seeing GOP ads ridiculing Obamacare for its IRS enforcement mechanism with the Beatles as background music. Hey, GOP, just make sure you get permission and pay the appropriate licensing fee.

BuckeyeSam on March 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM

BuckeyeSam:Ya no kidding,followed up with,:)
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Back in the U.S.S.R. – The Beatles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn3YqoRDTQo

canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM

You realize this post takes away your credibility right?

uknowmorethanme on March 25, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Really? Oink is just saying that if he’d been less confrontational, he might have gotten Hoyer to stick around for longer than a one sentence answer.

As it is, this video is just Mattera making a point about Rangell and Geithner, and Hoyer happens to be standing in front of him when he does. Then Hoyer explains why the mandate is important to him, and leaves. Not really an “interview.” I think it would have been much better if he had asked as someone interested in an answer rather than someone trying to get a shot in; he might have gotten more of an answer.

tneloms on March 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Don’t flame me, but I wish Jason had not said “stones.” “Nerve,” perhaps, but not stones. It took away his credibility and I think Hoyer might have stuck around for a bit longer.

Don’t get me wrong, though, I think the DEMS are POS.

Oink on March 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM

When you have a crude, foul mouth for a vice president that talks trash on national television, then “stones” becomes nothing but mild jocularity.

rplat on March 25, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Congressman John Conyers said the power to force folks to buy stuff they don’t want is based on the “good and welfare clause.” Some people have had trouble finding that clause but I’m pretty sure it’s just after the “good & plenty” clause

PatriotRider on March 25, 2010 at 10:05 AM

canopfor, where did you get that list?

Insomniac on March 25, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Don’t flame me, but I wish Jason had not said “stones.” “Nerve,” perhaps, but not stones. It took away his credibility and I think Hoyer might have stuck around for a bit longer.

Don’t get me wrong, though, I think the DEMS are POS.

Oink on March 25, 2010 at 9:47 AM

I’m certain that King George III would have been in complete agreement with him.

rplat on March 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Sheer awesomeness!

t.ferg on March 25, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Congressman John Conyers said the power to force folks to buy stuff they don’t want is based on the “good and welfare clause.” Some people have had trouble finding that clause but I’m pretty sure it’s just after the “good & plenty” clause

I’m certain that King George III would have been in complete agreement with him.

rplat on March 25, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Steny-baby can count himself among the 219 members of Congress who may be out of jobs and at the end of their political careers as soon as they are up for re-election.

Actually, he is #2 on the list.

Pelosi is up there at the very top, all by her lonesome.

pilamaye on March 25, 2010 at 10:11 AM

PatriotRider on March 25, 2010 at 10:05 AM

That clause is only talking about the Welfare of the United States.
United States does not = a person.
If the SCOTUS cannot see that, we are truly doomed.

Badger40 on March 25, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Oh don’t worry, John Conyers is busy writing that part of t he Constitution right now. He put it in front of the reparations clause as far as priorities and it should be done before his wife gets out of jail.

ORconservative on March 25, 2010 at 10:15 AM

“feel a little sorry for Hoyer” …?

Ed my man, there’s none of that. This clown helped socialize the United States and pissed all over the Constitution.

There is no feeling sorry for any of them.

They should be asked tough questions by Jason Mattera daily for the rest of their lives. Their conscious, if they have any, should twist their guts with doubt. And come night, sleep should be haunted by the nightmares of the lost freedoms of the citizens they have marginalized.

shades_of_gasden on March 25, 2010 at 10:20 AM

That was painful to watch. O’Reilly haters should give that interview a look. He took it to Weiner(wait, that doesn’t sound right) and he managed to do it on such a simple question. I don’t know why he wouldn’t just come out and admit that the IRS will be the chief enforcer of Obamacare.

Doughboy on March 25, 2010 at 9:49 AM

I must strenously disagree. I had a blast watching it.

barnone on March 25, 2010 at 10:20 AM

I really had to laugh at Rep Weiner (D NY) on O’Reilly last night. He refused to answer the question of who would levy the fines against Americans who violated the Obamacare health insurance mandate.

We all know it’s the IRS, but Weinerdog refused to come out and say it. The guy is a complete weasel.

UltimateBob on March 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

I saw that and thoroughly enjoyed the squirming…. the reason however he wouldnt say it is not that he want to hide the fact that the IRS is collecting the “fines” (not tax -big legal difference)but the fact that they have no teeth in the collection area. Appearantly the IRS only has two ways of collecting these fines..1) buffalo you into voluntarily sending a check, or 2)Garnish an income tax return …(so if you plan on rebelling, adjust your withholding accordingly). If you listened closely to his answers that was what he was avoiding saying, Oreilly was trying to nail him on who enforces the collection of these fines. If Bill was a little smarter he could have properly phrased the question and would have had him cold…instead he played 20 questions with the Sphinx over semantics.

Koa on March 25, 2010 at 10:27 AM

canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM

The song Taxman was written in protest of the Beatles being placed in a ‘supertax’ tax bracket of 95% !! Now that’s gotta sting.

GnuBreed on March 25, 2010 at 10:27 AM

I thought Rangel is technically not able to ‘write more tax codes’ for the forseeable future.

Sir Napsalot on March 25, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Somebody please photoshop the infamous Obama Hope sign, replace with ‘Tyrant’ as a bumper sticker. I’ll put that on my car.

Sir Napsalot on March 25, 2010 at 10:31 AM

canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM
The song Taxman was written in protest of the Beatles being placed in a ’supertax’ tax bracket of 95% !! Now that’s gotta sting.

GnuBreed on March 25, 2010 at 10:27 AM

GnuBreed:95%,thats criminal!!!:)

canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 10:31 AM

If Hoyer and the Democratic leadership can’t feel shame over that sorry record, the least they can feel is embarrassment.

I have a feeling that “drain the swamp” is going to be a theme come November.

highhopes on March 25, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Soon they’ll be telling us what we can and can’t eat. Oh, wait, they’re already starting to do that.

UltimateBob on March 25, 2010 at 9:40 AM

I reckon a tax on air is next; atheletes and large-lungers hardest hit.

Firefly_76 on March 25, 2010 at 10:42 AM

I see Matera used his “Chris Rock voice again….

Clark1 on March 25, 2010 at 10:42 AM

In a sense, you have to feel a little sorry for Hoyer, who appears to have bought Jason’s momentary nice-guy approach.

Sympathy never came up as I watched the video.

David2.0 on March 25, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Nice country youse got dere, shame if something happened to it.

We need Elliot Ness to go after those Washington thugs.

FOWG1 on March 25, 2010 at 10:53 AM

In a sense, you have to feel a little sorry for Hoyer, who appears to have bought Jason’s momentary nice-guy approach.

mmmmm…NOPE! Still not feelin’ it!

If he had whacked him in the nuts with a sledgehammer I might have cringed a bit. Which would then be immediately followed by side-splitting laughter.

CurtZHP on March 25, 2010 at 10:58 AM

O’Reilly had some Dem Rep on last night. Asked him 5 times WHO was going to collect the ‘fine’ or the ‘tax’ for not buying health insurance. All the idiot would say is ‘that it’s not a criminal offense’. O’Reilly kept pressing him on WHO was going to collect.

NEVER did answer. Complained he wasn’t being given time to respond.

GarandFan on March 25, 2010 at 11:05 AM

I really had to laugh at Rep Weiner (D NY) on O’Reilly last night. He refused to answer the question of who would levy the fines against Americans who violated the Obamacare health insurance mandate.

We all know it’s the IRS, but Weinerdog refused to come out and say it. The guy is a complete weasel.

UltimateBob on March 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

I was going to ask if you guys saw this last night. I laughed out loud too while watching him try to explain that a fine was not enforcement or whatever his fouled up mind was trying desperately to lie about. I think he lost track of his own argument and then it got really hilarious.

conservnut on March 25, 2010 at 11:10 AM

“hypocrisy as an art form”…

I like that line…

Romeo13 on March 25, 2010 at 11:17 AM

OT via Drudge. New Osama tape threatening Americans.
It is sad when I’m more concerned about the Dems in Wash DC than some terrorist in a cave, AND the comments after the article are all taunting AlQ and dissing Obambi.

ORconservative on March 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM

I love at the end when Hoyer and Entourage make a break for the safety of their Prius.

SlimyBill on March 25, 2010 at 11:23 AM

They’re lookin’ for love in all the wrong places. Oh, and they don’t get embarrassed, either, just mad.

Kissmygrits on March 25, 2010 at 11:25 AM

We probably need to start fining people who eat unhealthy foods, because that will increase Health Care costs, which is probably somehow related to Interstate Commerce, meaning the IRS can confiscate you possessions if you eat that extra french fry or coconut macaroon.

(My sarc tag is broken since last Sunday.)

profitsbeard on March 25, 2010 at 11:33 AM

It is sad when I’m more concerned about the Dems in Wash DC than some terrorist in a cave

ORconservative on March 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM

That’s because a dictator and corrupt party in DC are a more relevant threat than the overseas enemies of America.

highhopes on March 25, 2010 at 11:37 AM

In a sense, you have to feel a little sorry for Hoyer…

Sympathy = an affinity, association, or relationship between persons or things wherein whatever affects one similarly affects the other.

I have nothing in common with that dirtbag Hoyer. He has no sympathy for me, you – Ed, or anyone else – and I have no sympathy for him. Kudos to Mattera.

labrat on March 25, 2010 at 11:39 AM

DeMint: DEFUND! DEFUND! DEFUND!

Demint is saying the Republicans will do everything they can to slow this thing down, but our best hope is to retake the House and Senate so the GOP has control over the funding aspects.

Sign his pledge (below). It’s up to 153K. Let’s get it up over a million.

Toward that end, DeMint said GOP leaders have launched a new Web site, RepealItPledge.com. It asks voters to agree to the following statement: “I hereby pledge to support with my time, money, and vote only those candidates who vow to repeal President Obama’s healthcare takeover.”

RepeatItPledge.com

ConservativeTony on March 25, 2010 at 11:41 AM

We probably need to start fining people who eat unhealthy foods, because that will increase Health Care costs

profitsbeard on March 25, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Not to mention the creation of all those government jobs in the newly created Food Enforcement Administration (FEA) otherwise known as the food police. They will be in every mall food court measuring the backsides of Americans and
issuing citations accordingly. Think of it as the moron full-employment act as those too dumb to be TSA screeners will now have another shot at one of those government jobs.

highhopes on March 25, 2010 at 11:41 AM

tneloms on March 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM
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Not too bright, are ya…

He was pointing out Oink’s use of the word POS.

Man you libs are dumb.

fossten on March 25, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Really? Oink is just saying that if he’d been less confrontational, he might have gotten Hoyer to stick around for longer than a one sentence answer.

As it is, this video is just Mattera making a point about Rangell and Geithner, and Hoyer happens to be standing in front of him when he does. Then Hoyer explains why the mandate is important to him, and leaves. Not really an “interview.” I think it would have been much better if he had asked as someone interested in an answer rather than someone trying to get a shot in; he might have gotten more of an answer.

tneloms on March 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Yeah…no.

Using the word “nerves” instead of “stones” would have made all the difference in the world?

No, it wouldn’t have. He would not have stuck around longer.

The sheer fact that some boob even brought it up is just more proof of the decline of Western Civilization.

uknowmorethanme on March 25, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Hoyer just got Alinskied.

Judgment must be made in the context of the times in which the action occurred and not from any other chronological vantage point.

Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.

These are the new rules they have been operating under, so tough beans.

forest on March 25, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Taxman – The Beatles
canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Taxman — Cheap Trick
Tuning Spork on March 25, 2010 at 9:50 AM

canopfor and Tuning Spork…I’ll ante and raise you with
Taxman – Stevie Ray Vaughn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNDYArDUgSg

yoda on March 25, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Taxman – The Beatles
canopfor on March 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Taxman — Cheap Trick
Tuning Spork on March 25, 2010 at 9:50 AM

canopfor and Tuning Spork…I’ll ante and raise you with
Taxman – Stevie Ray Vaughn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNDYArDUgSg

yoda on March 25, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Here’s the response from socialist internationalist sissy Paul Weller.

forest on March 25, 2010 at 12:01 PM

OT via Drudge. New Osama tape threatening Americans.
It is sad when I’m more concerned about the Dems in Wash DC than some terrorist in a cave, AND the comments after the article are all taunting AlQ and dissing Obambi.

ORconservative on March 25, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Osama cannot destroy America…

Obama can…

You have your priorities right IMO.

Romeo13 on March 25, 2010 at 12:06 PM

forest on March 25, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Democrat’s motto.
Take the money and run!! – Steve Miller

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZwLsvO6YTw

yoda on March 25, 2010 at 12:08 PM

The thing that made me mad about the OReiley video is the way Weiner looked liked he was about to throw a temper tantrum because Bill wouldn’t let up on the guy. I would love to see a body language segment on that clip. Weiner lost espically when he closed his eyes and tightened his lips.

Brat4life on March 25, 2010 at 12:12 PM

I see an audit in Jason’s future.

TheUnrepentantGeek on March 25, 2010 at 12:40 PM

In a sense, you have to feel a little sorry for Hoyer,

Not just no, but HE11 NO!

Laura in Maryland on March 25, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Taxman – by Zucker

YouTube link

That is dead-on accurate.

ajacksonian on March 25, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Marginally off-topic. At Saturday’s Tea Party rally outside the Capitol, I spoke briefly with a young man named Robert Broadus. He is campaigning for the Republican nomination for Congress in Maryland’s 4th District and would run against the incumbent Democrat, Donna Edwards (who was first elected in 2008).

He left me his card. On the card there was not only information about him, but also about Collins Bailey, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run against Steny Hoyer in Maryland’s 5th District.

From the card, links to more information:

http://www.justiceandliberty.us
Robert Broadus
Opponent is Donna Edwards (D); first elected in 2008.

http://www.baileyforuscongress.com
Collins Bailey
Opponent is Steny Hoyer (D); first elected in 1981.

I’ve not yet looked fully into either man’s web site, but I do want to spread the word that opponents are cropping up to those who foisted the ObamaCare crap sandwich on us, even in reputedly “safe” House Districts now held by Democrats.

ya2daup on March 25, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Sweet! Rush is talking about this now.

conservative pilgrim on March 25, 2010 at 1:11 PM

The Democrats have finally been able to put a tax on our bodies and they’ll punish us if you don’t pay it . . . how much more personal can tyranny get?

rplat on March 25, 2010 at 9:34 AM

!

The tax will go to determine if you are still breathing. It may not always be used to keep you breathing, but it will pay in advance for the death certificate

Life itself has become a taxable privilege, not a right endowed by the Creator

You must now pay the State for the privilege of existing

entagor on March 25, 2010 at 1:34 PM

In a sense, you have to feel a little sorry for Hoyer

Ed Morrissey
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Getting squishy, huh Ed?

When are we going to get some pundits with some backbone?

fossten on March 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

In a sense, you have to feel a little sorry for Hoyer

No, I don’t.

NoFanofLibs on March 25, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Wow, I was just thinking…

Democrats were screaming that the Republicans are going to let some 15,000 Americans die every year without healthcare.

So based upon THEIR information, Timothy Geitner “killed” 11 Americans BECAUSE he didn’t pay his taxes???

HarryStar on March 25, 2010 at 2:05 PM

We all know it’s the IRS, but Weinerdog refused to come out and say it. The guy is a complete weasel.

UltimateBob on March 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM

There are liars and then there are politicians.

WashJeff on March 25, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Then he actually had the audacity to say that Republicans were telling lies about “their” health care bill. I’ve got to hand it to him, he didn’t flinch while he was projecting his own actions onto others, there in front of O’Reilly, the camera and everyone. The Dems should all win Academy Awards for their acting ability.

Susanboo on March 25, 2010 at 3:09 PM

If the Dems think this will save money, let them stake their salary and retirement on it.

rjoco1 on March 25, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Pelosi is up there at the very top, all by her lonesome.

pilamaye on March 25, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Nothing short of her demise (natural, of course) will dislodge Pelosi from Congress. Her constituents only have one problem with her, she isn’t liberal enough.

PakviRoti on March 25, 2010 at 3:16 PM

… allowing alleged tax cheat Charlie Rangel to write these new tax laws that will force Americans to pay fines if the IRS doesn’t approve of their health-insurance coverage, with tax cheat Tim Geithner ultimately in charge of those efforts.

I’m searching for the word…

PATHETIC!

Yeah, that’s the one…

Khun Joe on March 25, 2010 at 8:16 PM

I can’t wait to scrape Pelosi and Hoyer off the collective shoe of the body politic.

R Square on March 25, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Stempy is a moron. It’s time for that SOB to be thrown out of his position, since his constituents are too stupid to vote in somebody smarter.

BottomLine5 on March 25, 2010 at 8:48 PM

At about 1:18, Hoyer resorts to a classic liberal bromide:

“In order to do that, we’re asking every American to be involved in the system…”

Really? You’re “asking” me? So it’s voluntary, then? I can decline the request? Right?

Yeah, sure! It’s just like when Democrats “ask the rich to contribute their fair share.”

Paul_in_NJ on March 25, 2010 at 9:24 PM

FIRE. THEM. ALL.

kellyjane on March 25, 2010 at 11:17 PM

In a sense, you have to feel a little sorry for Hoyer, …

One liner of the day!

SagebrushPuppet on March 26, 2010 at 7:57 AM