Obama’s Precedent

If Obama can suspend the employer mandate, why couldn’t a Republican president suspend the capital gains tax?

Or the corporate income tax? Or the whole damn code?

Democrats never think through the long-term implications of their lawlessness, because they assume that through it, they will gain eternal power. We can’t let them.

[Update a few minutes later]

“Repeal the Bill of Rights!” So say Obama supporters. No surprise to me. Just more of that old-time “liberal” fascism.

10 thoughts on “Obama’s Precedent”

  1. It is like war protests. Democrats know that Republicans wont riot in the street when a Democrat runs a war so they don’t have to worry about payback for rioting in the street. Just like they know Republicans wont use the tools of the state the way Obama does because they realize Republicans have what sometimes qualifies as ethics.

    Besides, once Obama or the next Democrat president is out of office, all these actions will magically become wrong again. Democrats will riot in the street over them and the media will cover things much more closely.

    1. I have to disagree. I doubt anyone is putting that kind of thought into it. It’s a need of the moment without a thought to the consequences. I’m not surprised that the same group who claims concern for the future via “climate change” is making these sort of abysmal short term decisions.

  2. There’s a legal basis for delaying the mandate, one that doesn’t seem to apply to suspending the capital gains tax, the corporate income tax, or the whole code. If Congress doesn’t like Treasury’s action, they’re free to amend the laws in question and take back the authority that they previously granted.

    1. Jim, by that letter it would be trivial to suspend the capital gains tax by simply having them argue that Republicans find it confusing.

    2. Ahh, no! Just stating you have the power does not make it so. The law clearly states that the mandate takes effect 01 January, 2014. Not that the whim of the leftard in power at the time. Congress legislates and the President’s job is to enforce the laws. Not make them up as he goes along out of whole cloth.

  3. Administrative authority is granted by section 7805(a) of the Internal Revenue Code:

    ” Sec. 7805. Rules and regulations

    (a) Authorization
    Except where such authority is expressly given by this title to
    any person other than an officer or employee of the Treasury
    Department, the Secretary shall prescribe all needful rules and
    regulations for the enforcement of this title, including all rules
    and regulations as may be necessary by reason of any alteration of
    law in relation to internal revenue.”

    Well, unless Capital Gains gives authority to someone else; the above rational seems to suggest any Treasury Secretary can prescribe new regulations and rules at whim. When government changes rules so often and at whim, don’t be surprised when others consider it lawless.

  4. The ACA employer mandate isn’t exactly the first instance of the Obama administration’s selective law enforcement. It may not even be the hundredth. Recall that after Obama’s conversion to the gay marriage cause, he directed the DOJ to cease enforcing or defending the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

    Maybe Republicans ought to let Harry Reid scupper the filibuster and run in 2016 on a platform of Obama-esque selective legal neglect. I think promises not to enforce the federal inheritance tax and the entire National Labor Relations Act might be good places to start.

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