While a Democrat majority Congress – House and Senate – pushed ObamaCare down American throats, the law was couched as optional. I hope you remember Obama saying you can keep existing insurance. You do remember, don’t you?
Do you remember he publicly and repeatedly stated the individual mandate is not a tax?
Let’s refresh our collective memories with this video of George Stephanopoulos interview of Barack Hussein Obama.
Obama claimed he even OPPOSED an individual mandate. Say what??
Obama’s lawyers, however, steadfastly argued before the Supreme Court that the individual mandate is a law, a tax law within Congress’ Constitutional authority.
In a way, I must agree with the President: it’s not A tax; it’s MANY taxes.
capital gains tax
real estate sales tax
and other taxes
ObamaCare is the largest tax increase in the history of the United States of America.
What do we call someone who says one thing, does another? Liar? Hypocrite?
We MUST elect a Republican president and we MUST elect a Republican super majority to both houses of Congress.
What will you be doing? I’ll be registering voters, talking with neighbors, blogging, sending emails – all to motivate, to encourage voters to forestall and reverse the ominous growth of federal government.
Hall Votes to Hold Attorney General Holder Accountable to People’s Congress
June 28, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC . . . Today Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted with a House Majority to pass two House Resolutions holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for his failure to share information on Operation Fast and Furious. Fast and Furious is the failed Department of Justice gunwalking operation that allowed 2,000 weapons to get in the hands of Mexican drug cartels, and is directly linked to the death of U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry.
“Today’s vote recognizes the Department of Justice’s unwillingness to assist Congress in its effort to uncover the truth about the circumstances which led to Border Agent Terry’s death,” said Hall. “For nearly a year and a half, Congress has made multiple attempts to negotiate with Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department.”
Hall continued, “Rather than work with Congress and provide information that can bring justice to Agent Terry’s family, Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department have blocked our efforts. The Justice Department directed witnesses not to answer entire categories of questions, and Attorney General Holder repeatedly gave false testimony.”
H.Res. 711, which passed 255-67, holds Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate and failing to provide over 90% of documents identified as relating to Operation Fast and Furious. H.Res. 706, which passed 258-95, allows the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to seek subpoena enforcement from a U.S. District Court judge.
“It is the responsibility of Congress to hold the Justice Department accountable and ensure the truth is revealed to the American people. The Attorney General’s blatant prevention and obstruction of justice is intolerable. This contempt vote is necessary in order for truth to be revealed to the American public and Brian Terry’s family to receive proper justice.”
Hall Statement on Supreme Court Immigration Ruling
June 26, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC . . . On June 25th, the Supreme Court upheld the provision in Arizona’s immigration law allowing state and local police officers to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect could be in the country illegally during routine traffic stops. The Court struck down three other provisions.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) released the following statement:
“While I had hoped that Arizona’s immigration law would be upheld in its entirety, I am pleased the Supreme Court supported state and local police officers authority to detect and prevent illegal immigrants from remaining in the U.S.
“In the absence of presidential leadership on enforcing immigration laws, states must have full ability to ensure immigration laws are obeyed. States and local law enforcement, particularly those located along the border, know the needs of their communities better than the federal government. They should be able to act in the best interest of the citizens they serve, especially those born in Texas and are long-term citizens of our state.
“As a co-sponsor of immigration bills that support the detection and prevention of drug traffickers, terrorists, and illegal immigrants from entering the U.S., I will continue to vote for legislation that keeps America’s borders secure and respects the efforts made by the many immigrants who choose to enter our country legally each year.”
Hall Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Obamacare
June 28, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC . . . Today, the Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the vast majority of the President’s health care law. Commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” the controversial bill was signed into law on March 23, 2010 with no Republican Congressional support in either the House or Senate.
In response to the Court’s ruling, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) released the following statement:
“I am extremely disappointed and shocked by the Court’s decision to uphold this bad law. ‘Obamacare’ severely alters the federal government’s control over the lives and decisions of Americans and goes against what our Founding Fathers clearly laid out in the Constitution for the direction of our country. We must have limits on the federal government.
“My constituents, and a majority of the American people, do not support the President’s health care plan. Unfortunately, the President and Democratic Congress chose to ignore the will of the citizens they represent and instead pushed through a bill that will make our health care system worse. They did this under false representation that this law would not be a tax, while the Supreme Court ruled that ‘Obamacare’ and the individual mandate will stand as a tax.
“The President’s government expansion into health care will drive up health costs, drastically cut Medicare, and jeopardize access to health care for senior citizens. This law also imposes expensive regulations on small businesses, makes it harder for job creators to hire workers, and explicitly raises taxes.
“I will continue to fight for a full repeal of ‘Obamacare.’ I believe in the Constitution and that Americans – not Washington – should be in charge of their own health care decisions. Americans’ right to choose must be protected.
“‘Obamacare’ needs to be replaced with common sense reforms: eliminating job-killing policies and regulations, lowering health care premiums through increased competition and choice, all while preserving the patient’s ability to keep his or her health plan if he or she likes it. It is also imperative to protect the doctor-patient relationship.
“I look forward to the November elections with the hope that a Republican President will be able to work with Congress to strike down this bad law and repeal this outrageous tax thrust upon U.S. citizens and businesses.”
WASHINGTON, DC . . .Today, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted with a House majority to pass H.R. 4480, The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, a package of bills geared towards increasing domestic energy production and putting Americans back to work. The legislation passed, 248-163.
“My top priority is to fix America’s high unemployment and weak economy, which is why I am pleased the House passed the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act package today,” said Hall. “More than 13 million Americans are out of work, and the current average price for a gallon of gas is $3.50 – that’s more than double the price than when the present President took office. This added burden hurts hard-working families and hinders small businesses from growing and hiring new workers.”
Hall continued, “By pursuing a comprehensive energy plan, hundreds of thousands of jobs can be created. Not only would small businesses face less energy obstacles when hiring new workers, but as new energy resources are developed, there would be an immediate need for new manufacturers, leasing specialists, rig operators, and other positions.
“Utilizing America’s vast, untapped energy resources will also move us toward achieving energy independence from other, unfriendly countries. This would provide Americans with more affordable energy and better national security.
“The only thing preventing the United States from becoming a world leader in energy production is bureaucratic red tape. We must remove these barriers put in place by the Administration – permitting delays, declining production on federal land, restricted access, and stifling regulations – and that is what the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act focuses on accomplishing. We must unleash the full energy potential of this nation. It is crucial to our quality of life and standard of living.
“I hope the Democrat-controlled Senate will pass this responsible bill and take up the nearly 30 jobs bills currently sitting on the Senate Floor. I will continue to fight for legislation that provides a positive environment for job creation and delivers Americans an affordable and reliable energy supply.”
Bills included in Domestic Energy and Jobs Act package:
· H.R. 4480, Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012: links tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to increasing energy production on federal lands.
· H.R. 4471, Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012:would require an interagency committee to conduct a cumulative analysis on certain Environmental Protection Agency rules and actions that impact the price of gasoline and diesel fuels.
· H.R. 4381, Planning for American Energy Act of 2012: would require the Secretary of the Interior to establish an all-of-the-above energy program for federal lands by reviewing the nation’s energy needs and then establish goals for federal land energy production to meet those needs from all energy sources, oil, natural gas, coal, and renewables.
· H.R. 4382, Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act of 2012: would require a minimum annual acreage leasing plan of lands open for leasing each year, set firm timelines for the Secretary of the Interior to issue leases and give rulings on lease protests, and prohibit the Secretary from withdrawing leases and adding additional lease stipulations after they have been sold.
· H.R. 4383, Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act of 2012: would ensure a reliable permitting process to increase American energy production, remove government roadblocks that hinder and delay American energy production and job creation, and streamlines the process for energy permitting.
· H.R. 2150, National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act: will ensure oil and natural gas resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.
· H.R. 2752, Bureau of Land Management Live Internet Auctions Act: gives the Secretary of the Interior the authority to conduct Internet-based auctions for onshore leases to ensure the best return to the Federal taxpayer, reduce fraud, and secure the leasing process.
Ben Bernanke said it. Today, David Fisher, President of Dallas Federal Reserve says it: we are heading toward a financial “cliff”.
Fisher on CNBC foresees 25% unemployment, even worse. Why? So-called “Bush” tax cuts expire at the end of this year and a flood of new taxes fall upon our backs. By ‘our backs’, I’m referring to the few of us who actually pay income taxes. Approximately half our people pay no income taxes whatsoever.
The non-tax individual mandate morphed into a non-mandate individual tax. We are well on our way down the path toward national bankruptcy close on the heels of France, Greece and Spain.
Isn’t it interesting how two people given the exact same information can arrive at conclusions diametrically opposed to one another?
The entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act stands. Justice Roberts, writing for the majority, rules that Barack Hussein Obama’s signature legislation survives as written.
ObamaCare did not pass with an overwhelming majority of Congress, but by a slim margin. ALL Republicans voted AGAINST and a large number of Democrats joined them.
All along, the Deceiver-in-Chief publicly stated the individual mandate was NOT A TAX, but his attorneys argued before the Supreme Court that it IS a tax, therefore lawful.
By requiring our citizens to purchase insurance they neither want nor need (most people never need medical insurance), market forces will naturally elevate insurance costs. Oxymoronic, is it not?
Y0u who recognize how devastating ObamaCare taxes will be to our nation have now, more than ever, a mandate to register to vote and to vote. Moreover, you must get your neighbors to vote.
Now, you have every reason to work your butts off to get Mitt Romney elected and help get elected more Republicans to the House and Senate.
Personal to Chief Justice Roberts: You are a great disappointment, sir, and your name will go down in infamy along with former Chief Justice Warren Burger and Justice Harry Blackmun under whose watch Roe v. Wade let loose a floodgate of slaughter of over 50,000,000 innocent American children.