Friday, June 29, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up

What does the health care ruling mean? It is today’s biggest news story, and there’s no shortage of analysis and opinion. Here are two people I trust with interesting takes on the issue: Charles Krauthammer and George Will.
Neither is thrilled with the ruling, obviously – but both see some silver linings in the Court’s decision.

The Washington Times features excerpts from the dissenting opinion offered by Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and Alito.

Both the Washington Times and the New York Post casts the ruling as a legal victory for the Obama Administration and a political win for Republicans, since now the Democrats “are going to have to defend a massive middle-class tax hike — in an election year.”

New York conservatives in Congress were quick with their reactions. Here are statements from Ann Marie Buerkle, Pete King, Michael Grimm, Nan Hayworth, Chris Gibson and Tom Reed.

Rep. Grimm in particular hits on an important theme, saying: “I am extremely disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision, but I am far more disturbed by the fact that the President willfully misled the nation by saying the individual mandate was not a tax.”
“President Obama has pulled the wool over the eyes of the American people,” Rep. Grimm continues, “and broke a fundamental promise by imposing on us one of the largest middle class tax increases in the history of the country.”
Or as Sarah Palin put it on Fox New: “Obama lies, freedom dies.
Do you believe Barack Obama deliberately misled the nation in saying that the ObamaCare “individual mandate” was not a tax? Vote today in our new weekly poll.
Sean Hannity, who spoke at our 50th Anniversary Dinner Gala, has a thing or two to say about the ObamaCare ruling, as you can imagine.
Rest assured Wendy Long and the Conservative Party will be pointing out Kirsten Gillibrand’s support for this massive tax increase – and we’ll have an impact on New York’s senate race. The New York Times shows how we already have, and takes a look at our influence over the past 50 years.

ObamaCare wasn’t the only story in the news yesterday. In a bipartisan vote (which the liberals and the media usually adore), the House voted yesterday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt – and as the Post notes, “Never has an attorney general so richly deserved such dubious notice.”

This week, as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, we’ve seen that the system of checks and balances envisioned by our Founding Fathers continues to work.
It’s not a perfect system. We don’t always like the outcome. But the fight is never over – and this November the American people will be given the opportunity to check the power of Barack Obama and the liberals in Washington.  Let’s make the most of that opportunity.
Have a great weekend!

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