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Collateral Damage

March 19, 2009 | 6 Comments

The House just passed legislation to recover, through taxation, the contractually-guaranteed bonuses granted to certain AIG executives and explicity approved through prior legislation. In passing this unconstitutional, confiscatory measure, the law-makers made sure to gin up plenty of phony, hypocritical outrage to distract the taxpaying public from noticing that AIG will still keep $169,835,000,000 of $170,000,000,000 of their money, that Rep. Barney Frank and others largely responsible for the economic meltdown will still keep their salaries and perks, and that Chris Dodd and President Obama will still hang on to AIG’s prior contributions to their campaigns.

Obama lapdog Lawrence Tribe of Harvard has predictably issued a fluffy, off-hand opinion that this peculiarly targeted money grab is legal. Time will tell, but commenter Elise over at Brave New Deal has suggested some interesting potential collateral effects of the Professor’s theory:

But based on what Professor Tribe is saying could we also “design a fully constitutional means” of imposing a 100% income tax on, say . . . all income derived from third-trimester abortions? Or on all abortions?

Actually, assuming the provision of Federal funds has something to do with making such a tax constitutional, the one on some or all abortions might be easier depending on the extent to which Federal funding for abortions is in effect.

I’m starting to warm up to this mob rule law-making. In addition to taxing away 99.99% of the income of every abortionist who takes a dime of public money, let’s recoup all salaries paid to Planned Parenthood employees. John Q. Public already gives $336 million per year to this alleged “non-profit,” and we all know that the only reward its dedicated staff really wants is knowing of the freedom it grants to all women.

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6 Responses to “Collateral Damage”

  1. Lily
    March 19th, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

    RA, I am completely and utterly with you on this one. What an insolent, corrupt, coercive misuse of the powers of government!! I never thought I would live to see the day, when such a thing could happen here. I am speechless. I really did suppose there were enough sane people in Congress to prevent this raw exercise of tyranny but I was wrong. It seems impossible to me that this could stand up in court but we have also seen that the Chosen One doesn’t give a damn about the constitution nor this country.

    What next?

  2. Melissa
    March 19th, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

    One can only hope that people will wake up to the fact that this administration is severely handicapped in the area of common sense. Their thinking is clearly “inferior” – who’s going to take out THOSE “human weeds”?

  3. Beelzebub
    March 19th, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

    Oh, so now you like the bailouts and are against recouping the bonuses. You guys are all over the map. It couldn’t be partisan, though.

  4. Lily
    March 19th, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

    What are you talking about Bbub? What? I hate the bailouts. Like the overwhelming majority of the American people, I think private businesses that can’t make a profit should go bankrupt.

    Seriously, what planet do you live on? Who here has expressed the slightest support for the printing of funny money, incompetent “legislators” who can’t be bothered to read the bills that come befofre them, yet vote for them anyway. Who here has expressed any support for any of this stuff?

  5. frustrated (mk)
    March 20th, 2009 @ 5:44 am

    2 days ago Obama wanted to make veterans use their own insurance companies to pay for their medical bills. No more government medical coverage. Of course he CHANGEd his mind within 24 hours, but can you even imagine???

    Government funded abortions, but no money for soldiers wounded in wars that WE sent them to fight!

  6. Bookstopper
    March 22nd, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

    It’s really interesting that the Congressional Democrats would make that sort of precedent that could be used against their allies. Though, I’m pretty sure they’re too busy faking outrage about how the money that they’ve been investing in the banking system was used within the rules that they themselves set up.

    I really would like to see a future pro-life administration stick it to abortionists by taxing all of their federal subsidy payments.

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