Category Archives: Taxation

This is pretty ugly…

This interview from today on Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer makes it pretty obvious that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is resorting to the bottom-of-the-barrel politics we’ve called out before.  This time, she’s deliberately misleading seniors, apparently hoping that (a) they’re all as batty as the movies say they are, or (b) the batteries on their hearing aids give out before she looks ridiculous.  More under the fold… Continue reading This is pretty ugly…

A silver lining to the Obamacare ruling…

What we all know: yesterday, the Supreme Court issued an opinion confirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  In a 5-4 majority opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court decided that the individual mandate — the requirement that all individuals obtain health insurance or face stiff fines — is constitutional as a tax.  For those of us who view the Affordable Care Act as an infringement on liberty, as a potential economic disaster, and particularly as unconstitutional, yesterday was a sad day.

As a huge skeptic of Obamacare, I (Masonides) was disappointed, too, although I understand the majority’s reasoning.  But, whether I like the decision or not, the case highlights just how unique and wonderful government in America can be.  (And I don’t really like government all that much.)

Continue reading A silver lining to the Obamacare ruling…

Primary Disappointment

I (Masonides) admit it: I haven’t been blogging for a few weeks because the Republican primaries have left me exhausted and disappointed.  I have nothing against Mitt Romney, but his inevitable rise is a politics-as-usual end to a disappointingly politics-as-usual primary cycle.  If you don’t mind entering a rant vortex for two or three minutes, here’s why I’m so bummed. Continue reading Primary Disappointment

I like being able to fire people, too

In the wake of the nonsensical dust-up over Mitt Romney’s “I like being able to fire people” comment, it seems that even some Republicans might need a refresher course on some basic principles of free enterprise.
So let’s head to NYU, that eternal bastion of right-wing thought.

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