The de facto jury and court
If you violate a law, there is a penalty. Obamacare is a federal law that requires every citizen to get health insurance, and there is a penalty (fine) for noncompliance. This is not a tax or fee, as there has to be a violation of law before the penalty can be imposed. The federal tax form from the IRS has a place to provide information about health insurance, which may be answered by a "yes," "no" or left blank. If you do not have health insurance and enter "yes," you have lied on the tax form and can be punished. If you leave it blank, you will be contacted to completely fill out the form before it can be processed. If you answer "no," which would be the truth, then you have admitted guilt and incriminated yourself in violation of your right against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution.
Further, the Sixth Amendment requires you to be notified of the "nature and cause of the accusation." There is no provision in the law to notify you. (You at least get notification of a parking violation by the ticket on your car.) In fact, the law requires that you notify them on the IRS form that you have violated the law. Also under the Sixth Amendment, you have the right to confront witnesses against you at a speedy trial. Obamacare goes directly from you being required to say you are guilty and implicate yourself to the penalty, ignoring every step and right you have in between. Obamacare gives the IRS the obligation of being the de facto jury and court and violating at least two of your constitutional rights. There is no due process of law anywhere in this poorly thought-out law. For crying out loud, you have the right to at least talk to a judge if you get a parking ticket!
And remember, if you tell the truth and state "no" to the IRS, you are now a convicted federal criminal as no further court proceedings are required before being found guilty and being sentenced to a fine. Try putting that on your next application for employment.
Government of the government
The following is just one example of Obamacare: The act mandates so much coverage that it maliciously "manufactures" substandard policies. Therefore, you lose your existing policies. Obamacare is one of the worst frauds, if not the worst, perpetrated on the American people.
Abraham Lincoln said "the government is of the people, by the people, and for the people." Under Obama, the government has become the government of the government, by the bureaucrats, and for Obama.
The president has lied and misled so many times and on so many issues. It is a sad time for America.
R. J. Campbell
Religion used as a tool for bigotry
Today I read four letters (Dec. 10, Your View) that failed to understand the true meaning of the ruling where a judge told a baker in a cake shop, "that is licensed to serve the public," to bake a cake for two members of that public.
Apparently serving all the public was against his "religious" beliefs.
In my lifetime, I have seen this over and over with so called "religious" people refusing to serve mixed-race couples (mixed-race marriage was illegal in many states) and public businesses refusing to serve Jews because they "killed our lord and savior . ." And today, they blame all Muslims for 9/11 and some refuse service.
Could he refuse to serve a Catholic?
"Reminiscent of a Gulag mentality," "Bakery owner should have rights," "Who's really being intolerant?" and "Set aside freedom of conscience" all fail to understand the Constitution.
The baker has those freedoms in his home, in his church and may bake, only for those acceptable to "his religious intolerances," in a private club, until he seeks to be licensed by the state to sell to the public.
In Colorado Springs, there are private "clubs" and businesses that were set up so that one group of people could associate without those "not of their choosing." In their private clubs, those considered undesirable cannot be served. They do have that right in a private club, or in a church, but when they apply for and receive a "public" license from the state, under the Constitution, they must adhere to serving the public, without violating the rights of others. Religion cannot be misused as a tool for bigotry in public, only in private.
Most people would not agree that their "religion" gives them the right to be rude to others but that they should and could "do unto others as they would have others do unto them." Who said that? Was he religious?
I cannot have freedom of my religion unless I have freedom from others imposing their religion on me.
Growing the middle class is vital
The president spoke this week about economic inequality and addressed many concerns important to small-business owners. This included fortifying the middle class through key issues like immigration reform, employment nondiscrimination laws, tax reform and more.
Small-business owners know firsthand that growing the middle class is vital to our economic recovery. Their primary customer base is made up of middle-class individuals, and the vast majority of small employers are middle class, as well. Our recent polling found only 5 percent of small-business owners reported earning more than $250,000 a year.
As we close the books on 2013, it's important to look forward to new opportunities that can help bolster our still-recovering economy. We need smart economic policies such as those mentioned above that will help grow the middle class, and small businesses need to be top-of-mind when crafting these policies. Entrepreneurs are doing everything they can to pull the economy out of the doldrums, so it's imperative Congress enact smart policies that support our nation's biggest job creators.