Undernews is the online report of the Progressive Review, edited by Sam Smith, who covered Washington during all or part of one quarter of America's presidencies and edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review, which has been on the web since 1995, is now published from Freeport, Maine. See main page for full contents

September 25, 2009


Politico - Americans who fail to pay the penalty for not buying insurance would face legal action from the Internal Revenue Service, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

The remarks from the committee's chief of staff, Thomas Barthold, seems to further weaken President Barack Obama's contention last week that the individual mandate penalty, which could go as high as $1,900, is not a tax increase.

Under questioning from Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), Barthold said the IRS would "take you to court and undertake normal collection proceedings."

Ensign pursued the line of questioning because he said a lot of Americans don't believe the Constitution allows the government to mandate the purchase of insurance.

"We could be subjecting those very people who conscientiously, because they believe in the U.S. Constitution, we could be subjecting them to fines or the interpretation of a judge, all the way up to imprisonment," Ensign said. "That seems to me to be a problem."

Ensign's argument , however, wasn't persuasive to the committee -- which rejected an amendment from Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) to eliminate the individual mandate.

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) was the only Republican to vote with Democrats to preserve the mandate.


Anonymous americans are being buggered by corporations--howz it feel to be powerless? said...

Afterwards, they'll have an untested themerisol tainted flu shot rammed up their asses.

September 25, 2009 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fines for not complying with unconstitutional mandates and collections made by the IRS.

Looks like it's time for the tree of liberty to be watered again. But do Americans have the guts for it?

September 26, 2009 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our press is conditioning us for a crackdown on "anti-government extremists." Obama will make the final transition to police state. And all the good little liberals will cheer this.

September 26, 2009 9:57 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home