Powerline’s Scott Johnson and John Hinderaker did a great job highlighting Jack Lew’s lying to Chris Wallace. Simply put, there’s no other word that best describes what Lew said in denying that Chief Justice Roberts called the individual mandate a tax.
Still, they’re missing a great opportunity to highlight the litany of regressive taxes in this bill. There’s no need to just focus on the individual mandate as a regressive tax that hits the middle class.
I wrote an article titled “DFL delegation gives Minnesota 21-tax salute“, which highlights the litany of regressive taxes in the ACA.
It’s time that everyone become familiar with this information because it’s the type of thing that this administration can’t argue with. It’s the final piece of information that says that this administration loves raising taxes on America’s middle class.
Now that we have that that information is highlighted, it’s time to highlight Lew’s lying. People have called it spin. They’ve called it tapdancing around the truth, too. These are euphemisms that attempt to hide what’s happening. What’s happening is that Jack Lew lied on FNS. He didn’t get away with it but that’s what he attempted to do.
He strategically lied about whether the individual mandate was a tax. At one point, Lew said that Chief Justice Roberts said that Congress has many powers, including the Commerce Clause and their taxing authority, suggesting that the individual mandate was constitutional for a variety of reasons.
Thanks to Chris Wallace’s fidelity to the truth, Lew’s statements didn’t go unchallenged. Wallace said that Chief Justice Roberts said that the individual mandate wasn’t constitutional under the Commerce Clause. Chief Justice Roberts ruled the individual mandate was constitutional only by using Congress’s taxing authority.
The thing that stands out in this video is that Chris Wallace had to correct Lew on each of his points:
That’s what happens when the administration attempts to lie about the litany of regressive tax increases in the ACA.