By Matt Rooney | Cross-posted at SaveJersey.com
Thanks to Chief Justice Roberts's ObamaCare decision, Save Jerseyans, it may no longer matter how broadly the Commerce Clause is construed by jurists, scholars and legislators.
As of last Thursday, the U.S. Congress can regulate interstate commerce by imposing "taxes" on both acts and omissions via the suddenly-unrestrained federal taxing power. The real difference in layman's terms? Until now, federal taxpayers might earn a deduction for owning a home or having X number of children; you also might be indirectly taxed for doing something like buying cigarettes. Now, Congress can tax you for NOT owning a home, having children, or buying Y amount of vitamins. Or failing to purchase health insurance.
Electing Mitt Romney and a Republican U.S. Senate may be our only hope to avoid some of this decision's logical extensions, Save Jerseyans.
Like mandated gym membership.
Mark my words! It's next, though I'm loathe to say it for fear of giving these jerks any ideas. Currently, you might be able to deduct the cost of a gym membership if a doctor prescribes it for specific medical reasons. Now you won't necessarily be required to join the gym... but you will have to pay a "tax" if you don't sign up. Michelle Obama's health initiative is likely be the agent of this latest anti-liberty atrocity.
Start stocking up on sweat socks, head bands, elastic shorts and iTunes credits, Save Jerseyans. And never say you weren't warned!
Matt Rooney is a New Jersey attorney, noted conservative commentator, and the founder & Blogger-in-Chief of New Jersey’s #1 conservative blog, Save Jersey. You can learn more about Matt and the Christie Revolution by visiting today!