Sunday, October 13, 2013
Let's review the tortuous logic that American citizens have had to swallow to pass and accept the Obamacare law. The Senate had to selectively bribe senators to vote for the law. The House had to promise an obscure representative that abortion would not be funded by the law, only to have betrayed this promise in the actual law by requiring the funding of abortion and other religiously offensive mandates in the law. The House and Senate passed the law emphasizing that there would be no direct "taxation" involved in the law, but only "penalty" charges for not signing up for obamacare. After the law passed with all these bribes and lies told, the Supreme Court declared the premise for Obama's defense of the law was unconstitutional. The Court said that mandating Americans to buy anything such as health insurance punishable by a "penalty" is unconstitutional under the Constitution's commerce clause. However, Chief Justice John Roberts and 4 left leaning judges rewrote the affordable care act by saying if the law's "penalty" was called a "tax", the law would be constitutional, since Congress has the power to tax. So the Congress and the American people rejected the original premise of an obamacare tax, but now the Supreme Court gave the American people a backhand slap in the face, by calling the obamacare mandate "penalty" a "tax". So the American people are stuck with a "tax" they originally rejected when the law was originally debated in Congress. So I dispute the claim that American citizens have a weak argument to protest obamacare. Since the above demonstrates that the American people were duped, there is a compelling case for fighting obamacare tooth and nail. To add insult to injury, guess who is administering and monitoring citizen compliance to obamacare......the IRS, which has been accused of spying on and harrassing American citizens before the last election. I think there is overwhelming evidence to at least delay this law one year to allow American citizens a chance to debate and revisit the deceit and lies that occurred in the passage of this law.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Clarification of today's debate with Kevin Cahill. NYS Public Employees were barred from striking way before the Triborough Amendment. The enactment of the Triborough Amendment was a Hugh Carey election year union power grab to maintain terms and conditions of employment after the expiration of a contract. The real disaster of Triborough is that it requires continuation of all the terms of the contract, including binding grievance arbitration and collecting union dues (not required under the private sector decisions or the Triborough “doctrine”). To make matters worse, it was interpreted by the courts as taking away the legislative determination, to the extent that a legislative body cannot impose less favorable terms through a legislative determination unless the union puts all the terms “in play” by participating in the legislative hearing process, which they never do. In other words, school boards and municipalities have NO negotiating power at all. Repealing this awful Triborough Amendment is what Kevin Cahill should be fighting for in Albany, not intefering and quibbling about Mike Hein Safety Net/Sales Tax policy that was already decided by Ulster County government.