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Section A: General News


Editorial: Thursday was one busy news day ... AG gets off easy!




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July 3, 2012 | 1,509 views | 8 comments

It’s a very big story because it is a very big deal, but the story about Attorney General Eric Holder was almost buried amidst the firestorm created by the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare.

These are two equally big stories, so how ironic was it that such important, if not historic, events would happen on the very same day? No doubt, the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare on Thursday morning far overshadowed the news about the House vote against Holder, which came later that day.

The Supreme Court handed President Barack Obama what appears to be a huge political victory for his Affordable Health Care Act when it ruled the Act to be constitutional. This sent Democrats celebrating and Republicans digging in.

The Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, however, is based upon its determination that the individual mandate is legal because it is a tax. Consequently, Obama can be credited with, or blamed for, what may be the largest tax increase ever in American history.

That may not be as big a political victory as it appeared at first blush, since Obama has said repeatedly that he would not raise taxes on middle income Americans. Even after this Supreme Court ruling, the administration continues to say that it is not a tax.

Watching this play out has been interesting; there are so many aspects. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants the feds to negotiate with the states “to convert their Medicaid dollars into unrestricted lump payments.” Several states also are considering opting out of health-insurance exchanges that are to be established in every state by 2014.

There’s a long road ahead to get from this Supreme Court ruling to a serious course of action, but it may begin next week, with Republicans pledging to vote to rescind Obamacare in its entirety. The Senate, however, is not likely to follow suit.

So while the media focused on the president’s political victory, scant attention was paid to a Republican political coup over Attorney General Eric Holder’s contempt of Congress charge. Holder has repeatedly refused to hand over documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious to show the progression of events that led to a federal agent (and possibly even two agents) being killed with U.S. guns that were allowed to go into Mexico.

Fast and Furious is the bungled gun-tracking program that allowed guns into the hands of the drug cartels in Mexico. The guns were not tracked and, thus, there is no way to know just how many people were killed by cartels using these guns.

Congress had been asking for relevant documents to find out who might be responsible for agents’ deaths and the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans. Holder refused.

When the House vote actually took place, it was quite a spectacle, as Queen Nancy Pelosi (Yes, she still thinks she’s queen of something.) walked out with other House Democrats before the vote took place. The House of Representatives voted Holder in contempt of Congress by a vote of 255-67, with more than a dozen Democrats joining in the vote for contempt.

Obama ultimately joined the fray by invoking executive privilege to prevent turning over the documents, and the Justice Department said it will not prosecute the contempt charge.

Darrell Issa, who is heading the effort, said that there is no evidence linking the president to the gun-tracking fiasco, but the fact that the president has inserted himself into this case could indicate some involvement.

And the beat goes on ... If people don’t hear about or read about Eric Holder, it’s only because there are too many other big stories coming out of Washington these days.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 5, 2012 9:09am
 
I am a bit bemused by the fact that no defender of the Attorney General has invoked one of the NRA's talking points which is "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 5, 2012 7:39am
 
Well Simple Simon from SS does it again. Just a few of taxes listed in the health care bill are (l) an excise tax on medical devices (2) a tax on cadillac health care plans (3) a tax increase on medicare hospital insurance ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
July 4, 2012 10:24pm
 
Guess you didn't read the Supreme Court Verdict, did ya goofus? If the mandate is a tax, then the "fees" you mention also have to be a tax or they are all null and void. ##$$%%^^&&&&*#%^&
amp;&am ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 4, 2012 5:28pm
 
4th Gen Texan......Again you start typing before you engage your mind. There is approximately 20 different taxes in this bill that have not been characterized as a fee or a penalty. The mandate tax is just one small portion ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
July 4, 2012 5:07pm
 
"the 'uproar about taxes' on Obamacare"...Obama has NEVER said that it was a tax even when arguing in from of the Supreme Court. As a matter of fact he has repeatedly said that he would not raise taxes on the ... More ›

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
July 4, 2012 4:44pm
 
Prairie ... sounds within the realm of possibility. After all, Justice Roberts gave the example of installing energy-efficient windows or facing a tax ... what's next?

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 4, 2012 3:29pm
 
Just saw a cartoon on Townhall.com of a Chevy Volt dealership featuring Obama and Roberts as the salesmen with a large sign "Buy a Volt or pay a $2000.00 tax. LOL

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
July 4, 2012 2:54pm
 
I don't understand the sudden uproar over taxes in the Obama health care debacle because the mandate was designated as a tax by the Supreme Court. The mandate tax is small when compared to all the rest of the taxes embedded ... More ›

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