Monday, July 02, 2012
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you reject that it’s a tax increase?Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., in oral argument before the Supreme Court, 27 March 2012:
OBAMA: I absolutely reject that notion.
But if there is any doubt about that under the Commerce Clause, then I urge this Court to uphold the minimum coverage provision as an exercise of the taxing power.
White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, on CNN's State of the Union, 1 July 2012:
"This is a penalty. It's something that only 1 percent of the people who could afford insurance and choose not to get it will pay."Hmmm ...
‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, Chapter 6.
Indeed, the question is “which is to be master”.