Next: The Tie Tax
Heritage Action’s communications director, Dan Holler, has written a new column about the absurdity of classifying Obamacare’s individual mandate as a tax. It means that Americans can now be taxed for not purchasing something. If this is allowed to stand, Americans could be taxed for not buying a whole range of things, maybe even, gasp, ties:
“Once ubiquitous, the tie is now frequently being shunned. Whether you’re a presidential candidate, a successful entrepreneur, a cable pundit or a young rebel bucking the Establishment, the open neck look is in style these days. For those who say it is a sign of society’s downward spiral that so many are shunning “appropriate business attire,” the Supreme Court may have the answer: a tax.
“By now, we are all well aware that the federal government cannot use the Commerce Clause or Necessary and Proper Clause of our beloved constitution to compel us to wear ties, but they apparently have the power to tax us if we do not!
“Sure, it may be a bit cumbersome. Presumably, a panel of unelected bureaucrats would decide which careers require ties and those that do not. Women would likely be exempt, though that would raise 14th Amendment concerns. Speaking of the Constitution, let’s look at one snippet from Chief Justice Robert’s opinion:
“‘Under that theory, the mandate is not a legal command to buy insurance. Rather, it makes going without insurance just another thing the Government taxes, like buying gasoline or earning income. And if the mandate is in effect just a tax hike on certain taxpayers who do not have health insurance, it may be within Congress’s constitutional power to tax.’
“Now, just replace ‘certain taxpayers who do not have health insurance’ with ‘certain taxpayers who do not wear ties.’ As National Public Radio would say, you now have the Supreme Court’s ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.’”
You can read the full article here.