Yes, Mr. President… It’s a TAX!
A tax by any other name still leaves a hole in the wallet. Call it a fee, a penalty, a surcharge, an “I’m going to play the race card” levy, or an “I’m worse than Jimmy Carter” payment; in any case, a tax is a tax is a tax. The problem is that Barack Obama promised not to raise taxes on most Americans, and now he’s doing it. He just won’t admit it.
When pressed in an interview that his health care mandate amounts to a tax on the American people, he did his usual teleprompterless umms and errs, and said the “fee” or “penalty” was anything but a tax. Guess what the actual health care bill calls it? Yep… it’s a tax.