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Mark Levin Tells Megyn Kelly it’s Time for SCOTUS Term Limits

By Gary P Jackson

Mark Levin is still mighty angry over the treacherous decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the ObamaCare legislation, and how it seems that Chief Justice John Roberts allowed political pressure to overrule the Constitution.

As Levin rightly points out, one of the reasons Supreme Court justices are appointed for life, is to take the politics out of it all.We know that the liberal justices ALWAYS follow the party, or political ideology over the Constitution. Sadly, our Chief Justice is also easily swayed by the liberal media. The Court has but one job, and but one guide, the Constitution. If they are no longer going to follow the Supreme Rule of Law, the Constitution, perhaps it’s time for them to go.

Video courtesy SarahNet

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Senator John Cornyn: Only Way to Stop Government Overreach is to Elect New President and New Congress

By Gary P Jackson

Texas Senator John Cornyn reacts to the treacherous Supreme Court ruling in a speech on the Senate floor:

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Americans for Prosperity Announces $9 Million Multi-State Ad Buy to Stop ObamaCare

By Gary P Jackson

This morning, during a nationwide conference call, Americans for Prosperity announced a $9 million multi-state effort to repeal ObamaCare.

This includes “a major multi-tiered effort that incorporates a major TV buy, online activism, social media buy, and significant grassroots action in a dozen states.

The new ad is called “Not A Tax” and will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin:

There is also an online petition you can sign.

To read AFP president Tim Phillips’ response to the disturbing Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare, click here.

Americans for Prosperity is one of the premier groups fighting for Liberty and Freedom. Sarah Palin has spoken at many of their events, including Madison, Wisconsin in support of Governor Walker’s reforms, and the recent Right Online event in Las Vegas.

To learn more about the outstanding work Americans for Prosperity is doing on your behalf, check out their website. To get even more involved, look in the upper left-hand corner of their website and choose the chapter in your state.

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Even Left Wing PolitiFact Agrees With Sarah Palin: Obama Lies, Freedom Dies

By Gary P Jackson

When you’ve lost PolitiFact …..

Sarah Palin says Barack Obama once said the individual mandate “wasn’t a tax

Moments after the Supreme Court ruled that it was largely upholding President Barack Obama’s health care law, Republicans zeroed in on the court’s decision to allow the individual mandate because it is enforced through a tax.

One of the Republicans to speak out was former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee. After the court’s decision was announced on June 28, 2012, Palin tweeted, “Obama lied to the American people. Again. He said it wasn’t a tax. Obama lies; freedom dies.”

We aren’t able to fact-check whether “freedom” is dying, which is solidly in the realm of opinion.

However, we can check her claim that Obama said the individual mandate, a requirement that people buy health insurance or face a tax penalty, “wasn’t a tax.” That was the basis for the court’s decision to uphold the law.

Did Obama say the individual mandate wasn’t a tax?

Given how unpopular taxes are, it’s understandable why Obama would not trumpet the notion that the mandate was a tax. But has he said it was not a tax?

We could find only one example after Obama was president in which he or a top aide explicitly stated that the mandate wasn’t a tax. (When we asked, the Republican National Committee couldn’t come up with any other examples, either.) The one instance came on Sept. 20, 2009, in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Here’s an excerpt:

Stephanopoulos: Under this mandate, the government is forcing people to spend money, fining you if you don’t. How is that not a tax?

Obama: Well, hold on a second, George. Here — here’s what’s happening. You and I are both paying $900, on average — our families — in higher premiums because of uncompensated care. Now what I’ve said is that if you can’t afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn’t be punished for that. That’s just piling on. If, on the other hand, we’re giving tax credits, we’ve set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool, we’ve driven down the costs, we’ve done everything we can and you actually can afford health insurance, but you’ve just decided, you know what, I want to take my chances. And then you get hit by a bus and you and I have to pay for the emergency room care, that’s…

Stephanopoulos: That may be, but it’s still a tax increase.

Obama: No. That’s not true, George. The — for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase. What it’s saying is, is that we’re not going to have other people carrying your burdens for you anymore than the fact that right now everybody in America, just about, has to get auto insurance. Nobody considers that a tax increase. People say to themselves, that is a fair way to make sure that if you hit my car, that I’m not covering all the costs.

Stephanopoulos: But it may be fair, it may be good public policy…

Obama: No, but — but, George, you — you can’t just make up that language and decide that that’s called a tax increase. … What if I say that right now your premiums are going to be going up by 5 or 8 or 10 percent next year and you say well, that’s not a tax increase; but, on the other hand, if I say that I don’t want to have to pay for you not carrying coverage even after I give you tax credits that make it affordable, then…

Stephanopoulos: I don’t think I’m making it up. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary: Tax — “a charge, usually of money, imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes.

Obama: George, the fact that you looked up Merriam’s Dictionary, the definition of tax increase, indicates to me that you’re stretching a little bit right now. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have gone to the dictionary to check on the definition. I mean what…

Stephanopoulos:
I wanted to check for myself. But your critics say it is a tax increase.

Obama: My critics say everything is a tax increase. My critics say that I’m taking over every sector of the economy. You know that. Look, we can have a legitimate debate about whether or not we’re going to have an individual mandate or not, but…

Stephanopoulos: But you reject that it’s a tax increase?

Obama: I absolutely reject that notion.

Sliced up into brief sound bites, the back-and-forth between Stephanopoulos offers some clear evidence of Obama arguing that the mandate is not a tax, most obviously when he says that the mandate “is absolutely not a tax increase.

Still, it’s worth noting that Obama made the case that the alternative was worse — that not having an individual mandate would be unfair and inefficient. The absence of an individual mandate, Obama argued, means passing on the costs of treating Americans uninsured to people who are insured, which amounts to a “tax” on those with coverage, even though it may not be literally fit the dictionary definition of a tax. In essence, Obama was brushing off complaints that he was imposing a tax by contending that a “tax” was already in place under the status quo.

Our ruling

Palin is correct that Obama “said (the individual mandate) wasn’t a tax.” It’s right there in the video.

We rate the statement True.

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Video: Rick Perry Calls SCOTUS Ruling a Stomach Punch to the Economy

By Gary P Jackson

Texas Governor Rick Perry had strong reaction to today’s Supreme Court Ruling.

Sadly, Perry used what was a great interview to shill for David Dewhurst, thus ruining what was an otherwise great interview.

Video courtesy SarahNet.

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