What John Roberts forgot when he switched his vote
posted at 8:20 am on July 8, 2012 by SueZeeQ
When Chief Justice John Roberts switched his vote allowing Obamacare to stand, he made some interesting comments:
“We do not consider whether the Act embodies sound policies. That judgment is entrusted to the Nation’s elected leaders.”
“Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
Scathing, I know. Scolding voters? Maybe. I find it imperative to remind him of the mid-term election of 2010 where voters did just that and gave Republicans control of the House and several additional Senate seats. Roberts may have also forgotten that the Democrats did not have a supermajority after the 2008 election. It was Republican turncoat Senator Arlen Spector from Pennsylvania who switched his party affiliation to Democrat giving the Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate majority. Pennsylvania voters elected a Republican–what they actually got was a Democrat. Specter was defeated in 2010 by Republican Pat Toomey. Additionally, Blue Dog Democrat Bart Stupak and his
prolife Democrat gang, including Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, sold their souls to the abortion industry for Obamacare–such courage of conviction. Stupak retired, while Dahlkemper lost by 11.4% to Republican Mike Kelly. So yes, the system works.
When voters learn the truth about their elected officials–typically after the election–they get ousted if they don’t represent their constituents. A good example will be in November. What the were told about health care reform was not what was intended. Instead, what we got was a CBO-confirmed $1.76 Trillion (over 10 years) government takeover and an IPAB death panel–which resembles nothing like the plan Obama/Biden campaigned on in 2008:
President Obama’s national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law. Democrats employed many accounting tricks when they were pushing through the national health care legislation, the most egregious of which was to delay full implementation of the law until 2014, so it would appear cheaper under the CBO’s standard ten-year budget window and, at least on paper, meet Obama’s pledge that the legislation would cost “around $900 billion over 10 years.” When the final CBO score came out before passage, critics noted that the true 10 year cost would be far higher than advertised once projections accounted for full implementation.
And so much for fiscal responsibility they promised:
A Commitment to Fiscal Responsibility: Barack Obama will pay for his $50 – $65 billion health care reform effort by rolling back the Bush tax cuts for Americans earning more than $250,000 per year and retaining the estate tax at its 2009 level.
Voters didn’t stand a chance in 2008, so when Roberts rationalized his decision to ease his conscience or something by saying, “It’s not the court’s responsibility to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices,” it’s apparent that he forgot how the American people were duped into believing one thing about who they really elected and Obama’s actual health care plan. That may be just politics as usual, but when a law is passed without the consent of the governed and under questionable Constitutional semantics, the courts must intervene, not push it back to the ‘you made your bed, now lie in it’ cliche. Roberts chose political cover over the Constitution. However, unlike elected officials, his job is safe.
To our benefit, I see a very re-energized base and I’m loving the GOP fund-raising records. The Left should be very worried–the job started in 2010 will be finished in November.
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