One of the highly developed talents of President Barack Obama is the ability to say things that are demonstrably false, and make them sound not only plausible but inspiring.
I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.
The Supreme Court has been doing precisely that for 209 years!
In what must be one of the most famous Supreme Court cases in history — Marbury v. Madison in 1803 — Chief Justice John Marshall established the principle that the Supreme Court can declare acts of Congress null and void if these acts violate the Constitution. They have been doing so for more than two centuries. It is the foundation of American constitutional law. … Now there are different kinds of liars. If we must have lying Presidents of the United States, I prefer that they be like Richard Nixon. You could just look at him and tell that he was lying. But Obama is much smoother. … He is obviously counting on the fact that, in this era of dumbed-down education, many people have no clue as to what the facts are. He is also counting on something else — namely, that the pro-Obama media will not expose his lies. … As for Supreme Court justices being unelected, that has been true since the Constitution was created. That was done deliberately, so that they could render their judgments without fear of political repercussions. If unelected Supreme Court justices are to automatically defer to elected officials, that again raises the question of why they are there at all. … the media that exposed Nixon is covering for Obama.
…Behind the scenes, Democrats have been busy faking petition signatures, forging ballots and enlisting medical professionals to authorize fraudulent doctors’ notes for liberal teachers-union operatives protesting Republican opponents. … This week, four Democratic officials in Indiana were hit with felony charges related to petition fraud in the state’s 2008 primary. The prosecutions are a result of the local South Bend Tribune newspaper’s investigation last fall into “hundreds of county residents’ signatures” forged on petitions used to put Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic primary ballot. … It’s a widespread culture of election corruption that has festered in Obama’s Chicago, crossed into Indiana and bubbled up across the country. … Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, the state’s Medical Examining Board decided last month to investigate 11 additional doctors for writing fake sick notes for public union teachers who ditched their classrooms to protest GOP Gov. Scott Walker. Nine other medical professionals have already received slaps on the wrist. – Michelle Malkin
Frankly, I think he will be destroyed by President Obama on this issue come the fall. And it should be the biggest issue that helps us win this election. It will be turned into a negative under Mitt Romney.
Each year in the United States, an estimated 6.1 billion hours are spent complying with the federal tax code. … Each year the prospect of doing my taxes looms more daunting and dismal than the year before. … Each year’s tax ordeal seems to require more mental energy, more double-checking of math, more scouring of check registers and credit-card statements and brokerage records. … Some people claim they file their tax returns cheerfully. They approvingly quote Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s dictum that “taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” I quote instead that eminent commentator Dave Barry: “It’s income-tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil and stab yourself in the aorta.” Not surprisingly, the Internal Revenue Service embraces Holmes’s words. They are chiseled over the entrance to the IRS headquarters in Washington, DC. Yet I doubt whether Holmes, who retired from the Supreme Court in 1932, would think there was anything civilized about what the federal tax system has turned into, or the burdens, confusions, and complexity it imposes on honest taxpayers. When Holmes first expressed that sentiment about taxes and civilization in a 1904 speech, the federal income tax didn’t even exist. That had changed by 1927, when Holmes’s phrase appears in one of his dissenting opinions. But even then, all of federal tax law — not just the Sixteenth Amendment and Revenue Act of 1913, but the entire corpus of related regulations, rulings, and forms — took up fewer than 500 pages. Today, the Standard Federal Tax Reporter runs to 73,608 pages in 25 volumes, and consumes nine feet of shelf space. …the Tax Foundation concluded in 2005 that income-tax compliance costs amounted to a stunning $265.1 billion — in effect, “a 22-cent … surcharge for every dollar the income tax system collects” … According to a 2011 Market Tools study, only 12 percent of US taxpayers still complete their federal income taxes without hiring an accountant, visiting a tax-preparation firm such as H&R Block, or buying tax-preparation software. … All of which is terrific for the tax-preparation industry, and perhaps April is anything but the cruelest month for those who make their living as a CPA or own stock in Intuit (which makes TurboTax). Jimmy Carter was right in 1976 when he called the US income tax “a disgrace to the human race.” Thirty-six years later, it’s more disgraceful — and maddening — than ever.