Didnít the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court just change the English language?
We will no longer have penalties during our sporting events in high school, college or the pros. Instead, we will have what have to be called taxes.
What is it, a 15-yard tax for pass interference and roughing the passer; a 5-yard tax for off sides? In basketball, a free throw tax for touching the offensive player when shooting the ball?
The dictionary defines a penalty as: 1. ďa punishment fixed by law, as for a crime or breach of contract, and 2. the disadvantage, suffering, handicap, etc., imposed upon an offender or one who does not fulfill a contract or obligation, as a fine or forfeitĒ (among others; look it up.)
On the other hand, a tax is defined as (among others): ďto require to pay a percentage of income, property value, etc., for the support of the government.Ē
I see no way the wording in Obamaís health care law can be changed by a chief justice who obviously doesnít have the courage it takes to be the chief justice and uphold the laws of the land.
I will admit that we need some health care reform, but there is no way we needed a bill that is written to be some 1,100 pages long because no one in Congress or the Senate took time to read it or understand it, and if, as Congresswoman Pelosi said, ďwe have to pass it to see whatís in it,Ē then I think we have the wrong people in Congress and itís time for a change. It appears she canít read and understand the English language.
Itís obvious to me that most people are against Obamacare and although we need some changes (and I think most of us agree on that), this law, even if it is constitutional, is not the right way to go, as we will be taxed and taxed under it.
It is time for change and I hope we get one for the better.
Furthermore, the Constitution of this country and our government is the basis for the freedoms that we have. When a small portion of that Constitution is taken away, it makes it easier for the powers that be to take a little more the next time someone has an idea that they believe is the right thing to do even though it weakens the Constitution and the rights of the people.
Itís time for we the people to say enough is enough and tell our elected officials to, first, support the Constitution. Thatís what they swear to do when they are sworn into office. Letís elect only those who will support that Constitution and do it now, and then hold them accountable.
Finally, I want to point out that, throughout history, any society that found they could vote themselves a legacy from their government soon lost their government and their way of life, and most of those societies only averaged about 200 years. Our government is a bit older than 200. All of us need to take a look at whatís happening and do what needs to be done. Young people as well as older ones need to think about whatís being done and realize we cannot keep up with what is happening. We will pay the price sooner than we think.
Norman Newport, North Platte