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Pelosicare, MediaMutters and the end of the road.

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Nancy Stretch Pelosi

As you are probably aware of by now, the health care monstrosity (AHCAA.PDF) passed the House with a vote of 220-215. Of course an elated and possibly extraterrestrial Nancy Pelosi celebrated the passage of a bill that will, for the first time in U.S. history, mandate the citizens of this country to purchase a government product under penalty of law. So unless you’re too poor to file taxes, you are indebted to the federal government for the remainder of your working life. That says nothing of how many democrats just hung themselves with this bill. I know one Republican who did.

Prosecution is authorized under the Code for a variety of offenses. Depending on the level of the noncompliance, the following penalties could apply to an individual:

• Section 7203 – misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

• Section 7201 – felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.” [page 3]

When confronted with this same issue during its consideration of a similar individual mandate tax, the Senate Finance Committee worked on a bipartisan basis to include language in its bill that shielded Americans from civil and criminal penalties. The Pelosi bill, however, contains no similar language protecting American citizens from civil and criminal tax penalties that could include a $250,000 fine and five years in jail.

And right on cue MediaMatters For America (more like MediaMatters for our version of America) completely misses the point.

Willful failure to pay taxes of any sort can result in civil or criminal penalties. Drudge links to and Unruh quotes from a press release by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) that in turn relies on a letter from the Joint Committee on Taxation. That section of the letter dealing with “civil and criminal penalties for noncompliance specifies that Camp asked the committee to “discuss the situation in which the taxpayer has chosen not to comply with individual mandate and not to pay the additional tax.” Thus, the letter is not discussing the penalties for failure to buy insurance, but the penalties for both failing to buy insurance and failing to pay the tax.

So the fact that the government is forcing you to pay is different from when the government is forcing you to pay the second time. And nothing in that means you’ll be arrested…except where it says you’ll be arrested. Right, that makes it so much better. Nothing to see here folks. Carry on.

Then the liberal site goes on to try to ease the fears of its indignant base.

Fewer than 100 people convicted for “willful failure to file or pay taxes” in fiscal year 2008. From the Joint Committee on Taxation letter: “Of the 666 convictions reported above for fiscal year 2008, fewer than 100 were convictions for willful failure to file or pay taxes under section 7203.” [Joint Committee on Taxation letter, 11/5/09]

Again they miss (willfully ignorant of) the bigger picture. They even undermine their own argument.

Most delinquent taxes and penalties “collected through the civil process.” The Joint Committee on Taxation letter states:

The majority of delinquent taxes and penalties are collected through the civil process. In determining whether a penalty applies along with an adjustment to a tax return, the examining agent is constrained not only by the applicable statutory provision, but also by the written policy of the IRS not to treat penalties as bargaining points but instead to develop the facts sufficiently to support the decision to assert or not to assert a penalty. [Joint Committee on Taxation letter, 11/5/09]

Exactly, since most people pay their taxes through their paychecks and failure to pay other taxes (e.g. property tax) results in loss of property (relieving you of future tax liability on said property) comparatively few people are actually brought up on tax evasion charges and convicted. Except this instance is one that you will be charged and imprisoned for failure to comply. Expect those conviction figures to increase exponentially. Not to mention unusually high tax penalties.

All that may be moot, as the Senate proposes a particularly tough challenge for Democrats to ram through their ill-advised legislation. Even if the Senate does pass their version, which isn’t likely, it will have to go to committee to merge the bills and then the Stupak amendment (Labeled as selling out womens health and even sexism.) will play a role. Considering how much the left whined for the right to force you to pay for abortions with your tax dollars, there will be a strong effort to remove the pro-life language from the final bill. Then it will be sent back to the House where 39 Democrats already voted against it. I fail to see how this bill will ever make it to the president’s desk.

Liberty dies to thunderous applause.

"So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause. -- Queen Amidala"

Enjoy it now, morons. You’ve just butchered your careers.

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