I remember clearly in high school, my friend turned to me and asked, “Do you think crazy people know they’re crazy?” I gave him an odd look, and he continued, “Do you think they say something, and then kind of review what they said in their head and think, ‘Man, that’s crazy’, but they’re already committed, so they stick to it anyway?” I told him I didn’t know, but I’ve thought about that question a lot lately.
On that note, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee Chairman has said some things lately that, if she were to only listen to herself, she would see that she’s really just proving the right’s point. But, despite the Obamatax ruling, the Dems are committed, so it’s full steam ahead with their special brand of faulty, contradictory logic.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer discussed with Wasserman Schultz the implications of the IRS, the organization who’s existence is rooted in the collect of taxes, collecting the tax from the individual mandate along with other taxes. He asked,
“[The individual mandate tax] is, in fact a tax. It is administered by the IRS. It will be collected on April 15th. Why can’t you acknowledge that it is, in fact, a tax?”
To which Wasserman Schultz replied,
“Because it’s a penalty, it’s not a tax. It is a penalty that if you decide to be irresponsible and continue to refuse to carry health insurance… then you can do that. We’re not going to actually require that you have health insurance. What we’re saying is that if you choose not to carry health insurance, than you will be assessed a penalty that will be assessed on your tax return, and that affects about 1% of Americans who choose to do that.”
Oh, okay. That clears it up.
As far as I could tell from her evasive response to the question, it is a penalty because… well, because she said it was. It’s a penalty in the same way we have an income penalty or a sales penalty. By this logic, income tax is actually a penalty for those who make money and sales tax is actually a penalty for buying a product. Please, wouldn’t it be easier for the Dems to play the hand they’re dealt rather than insult all of our intelligences by attempting to redefine what a tax really is?
Blitzer wasn’t buying it either. He later asked,
“Why is the IRS administering this if it is not a tax? Isn’t that their job to impose taxes, to collect taxes, to punish people who don’t pay taxes?”
Sensing the interview was wrapping up, Wasserman Schultz was less interested in answering the question than getting her talking points out there.
“Because, administratively, that is really the easiest, the most basic way to do it… This healthcare reform law is about people, not about politics. The Republicans are obsessed with making sure they can beat Barack Obama and deliver him a defeat at any turn, and rather than focus on job creation, and for the 129 million Americans that live with a pre-existing condition, we find that outrageous.”
Got it. Holder facilitates international cartel violence and Republicans have a vendetta. The Justice Department facilitates voter fraud and Republicans are on a vendetta. Obama circumvents the legislative branch and grants amnesty to illegals, and the Republicans are on a vendetta. And, of course, Obamacare is upheld on a flimsy constitutional basis that allows its existence only if the individual mandate is a tax, and the Republicans who question why the biggest tax increase in modern history to hit the middle class is occurring, and, well, they are, of course, on a vendetta. Anyone who questions the insane policies bringing this country to ruin are on a vendetta!
The Democrats are playing a shell game with the issues. When it suits them, the narrative of the Obamacare catastrophe is skewed to where the individual mandate is a penalty. When it is pointed out that it is unconstitutional as a penalty, then it’s a tax. The Democrats need to get their story straight and make a decision; do they want to be the party that pushes a law, even though the highest court in the judicial branch claimed that such a law with a penalty is not constitutional? Or, do they want to be the party that has the judicial branch on their side, but is responsible for foisting the largest tax increase on middle America in recent history, when our economy is in ruins?
I guess I’m no closer to my answer. Either crazy people don’t know they’re crazy, or my friend was right, and once they say something that makes no sense, they’re committed and must stick to it.