NARN, the Any Mandate is Constitutional As Long As You Call It a Tax Edition!

posted at 12:00 pm on June 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

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Marizela Perez has been missing for a year.

Marizela’s case has a connection here at Hot Air, as she is the cousin of the Boss Emeritus, Michelle Malkin. Michelle is trying to spread the word through Facebook and Q13Fox/KCPQ in Seattle. We want to encourage prayers for Marizela’s family, and also try to reach anyone in the area who knows where Marizela might be and ask them to contact the police.

The search has its own website now, Find Marizela, for the latest in the efforts to bring Marizela home. There is also a fund for the family to keep the search efforts going. Be sure to check there and at Michelle’s site for further developments, and keep the family in your prayers.

America’s Most Wanted is now on the case, too.

Michelle has a new update on the case on the one-year anniversary:

Exactly one year ago today, my 18-year-old cousin Marizela (known affectionately to her family and friends as “Emem” or “Mei”) Perez disappeared from the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

She is still missing.

Those words form on the computer screen with disembodied disbelief. But my heart is screaming:


The not-knowing is every parent’s worst nightmare. It brought normal life to a standstill for Marizela’s parents, Edgar and Jasmin. And yet, they have to keep living and working and praying for their only daughter. Because that is what they must do. Their strength and dignity through all the suffering has been an inspiration to me.

There have been no new developments in Emem’s case. No word from the police or the medical examiner’s office. No activity on her bank accounts or social media accounts.

And no response from the Google legal department to our request for help in January.

Keep the prayers coming.

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I hear an echo…

So this is what it;s like to be first commenter…

timberline on June 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Hiding behind the new “Call it a tax” power the Supreme has granted to Congress, it shouldn’t go unnoticed that the Supreme has also made big use of a “line item legislative” power not granted the courts to veto or limit various aspects of law. The Supreme also wrote into Obamacare a severability clause that didn’t exist. Plus the courts line item veto power of the courts has no path for redress by Congress.

Congress ought to consider reigning in the Court activism by passing a law that says the Courts don’t have a line item veto power over legislation, nor does the court have the ability to add lines (like severability) into a law. If the Executive branch doen’t have line item veto power or ability to write lines into legislation, then why should the courts?

drfredc on June 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The largest tax increase in history.

Bmore on June 30, 2012 at 1:15 PM

commie john roberts had a planned escape to Malta.

Mr. Sun on June 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM

can supremes be petitioned to rehear…

Mr. Sun on June 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Earlier today I posted “Mass Hysteria and the ObamaCare Decision” to my blog. Mostly quotes. Then I posted this update:

An additional musing:

Imagine an alternate scenario vis. ObamaCare.

Let’s say Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, a bill that raised marginal tax rates. Rational people would probably agree that that would be within their Constitutional purview.

And let’s say that the same bill contained a tax credit for health insurance. Again, rational people would probably agree that that would be Constitutional.

And let’s say that those two clearly Constitutional elements achieved the same social and economic effects as the individual mandate?

Get where I’m going with this?

Congress (to my eternal irritation) loves to “incentivize” behaviors it deems desirable. They do it all the time.

How is the individual mandate any different? If it achieves the same manipulation of our economic behavior, what is the Constitutional distinction?

The more I ponder the decision, the more clear-eyed Roberts seems.

Commence firing.

ConservativeLA on June 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Now that our Congress and everyone else (including the lying Obama administration) know that it is a TAX the whole bill can be up for appeal this July when Congress reconvenes. Let’s see if the Democrats in Congress can vote for the largest tax increase in our history either by refusing to bring the appeal to a vote of voting the appeal down.

Chessplayer on June 30, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Chessplayer, a fitting moniker.

Bmore on June 30, 2012 at 4:13 PM

I read in the WSJ today that a lot of NFL teams are having a difficult time selling season tickets and they are looking for ways to increase sales. I also read that a lot of people said they simply cannot afford to buy tickets, since the prices are so high.

Clearly the federal government needs to tax people who do not buy NFL tickets in order to bring the ticket prices down and fill up the stadiums. The health of our economy is at stake here.

kbTexan on June 30, 2012 at 4:34 PM

The irony is that Obama got the blueprint from Romney. Republicans were all for an individual mandate in the 1990’s too. The conservatives of this decade need to make sure and square that circle for the American people.

I’m not sure I trust Mitt to follow through with what he says, given his past…

Meanwhile, I guess we will all be mandated to buy Chevy Volts and solar panels in going forward….as long as they call it a tax.

nazo311 on June 30, 2012 at 5:24 PM

This is awful talk radio. Just a couple of tips. You’re using percussion mics. Don’t use those mics. Use RE-20’s.

Plus, don’t act like you’re compelling because of who you are.
Be compelling. What I just wasted minutes of my life listening to isn’t compelling, it’s boring.

Be compelling.

AYNBLAND on July 1, 2012 at 12:36 AM