Sunday, July 18, 2010

Who Is Roscoe Filburn?

Roscoe Filburn may become a household term like John Galt.


To no one's surprise, BammyBoy's mouthpieces describes ObamaCare as a "tax."

...Administration officials say the tax argument is a linchpin of their legal case...

Which makes Obama a lying sack of shit:

“For us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase,” the president said last September, in a spirited exchange with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News program “This Week.”

When Mr. Stephanopoulos said the penalty appeared to fit the dictionary definition of a tax, Mr. Obama replied, “I absolutely reject that notion.

I know. You fainted dead away when I called BammyBoy a lying sack of shit.

Recovered yet?

Good. We'll go on to Roscoe.

...the administration and its allies say that a person who goes without insurance is simply choosing to pay for health care out of pocket at a later date. In the aggregate, they say, these decisions have a substantial effect on the interstate market for health care and health insurance.

In its legal briefs, the Obama administration points to a famous New Deal case, Wickard v. Filburn, in which the Supreme Court upheld a penalty imposed on an Ohio farmer who had grown a small amount of wheat, in excess of his production quota, purely for his own use.

The wheat grown by Roscoe Filburn “may be trivial by itself,” the court said, but when combined with the output of other small farmers, it significantly affected interstate commerce and could therefore be regulated by the government as part of a broad scheme regulating interstate commerce.

"Roscoe Filburn" doesn't have the same cachet as does "John Galt."

But that's only temporary.

(By the way, we mentioned Roscoe just yesterday. Hmmmmm.)

1 comment:

Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

I can see it now; button, t-shirts, bumper-stickers that all say, "I am Roscoe Filburn!"