By Chairman Matt Pinnell
Unless you've been hiding under a rock somewhere, you know that the Framers' design for limited government took a big step backwards last week with the Supreme Courts ruling on Obamacare.
I outlined some of my initial thoughts last Friday, but today--since campaigns are about contrasts--let's focus on a few between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney when it comes to Obamacare.
First, last Thursdays ruling just gave voters the biggest and clearest contrast of all on the subject: keep it or repeal it. Yes....it really is that simple. Mitt Romney said Thursday, "What the Supreme Court did not do on its last day in session, I will do in my first day in office. I will act to repeal Obamacare."
Second, with all the tax versus penalty talk, we miss one of the biggest problems with Obamacare, and that is the Democrats' goal to deliberately get formerly independent middle class people addicted to government benefits. Romney's healthcare plan in MA was an attempt to get people insured. Obamacare is an attempt to create a whole new class of Democrat voters. Know the difference.
According to the Heritage Foundation, dependence on government has increased by 23 percent under Obama. More people than ever before — 67.3 million Americans — depend on the federal government for housing, food, income, student aid or other assistance. The nation committed more than 15 times the resources in 2010 than in 1962 to pay for people who depend on the government. Shockingly, more than 70 percent of the nation’s spending goes to dependence programs, up from 28.3 percent in 1962 and 48.5 percent in 1990. We've simply got to turn this around, and Obamacare does JUST the opposite.
Third, since the highest court in the land ruled this legislation was a tax, Obamacare just became the largest middle class tax hike in the history of the world. Romney's MA plan didn't raise taxes a dime. Bottom line, it was a state plan, not a federally mandated plan. Big difference.
The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory they lost 60 House seats. Romney raised more than $5,000,000 in small donations in 24 hours after this decision. As a few commentators have rightly noted, relief doesn’t usually motivate partisans to turn out on Election Day. Anger does.
See you at the polls.