Done just like FDR did in the 1930’s.
Remember when Barack Hussein Obama first became president and the left-wing Old Media universally indulged the claim that he was “just like FDR“? Of late the Old Media has backed off that hyperbolic statement, but at least in a single incident, Obama has proven indeed to be just like FDR. The similarity entails laws about which the two presidents lied to the public in order to sell them. And in both instances, the truth only came out in court.
For FDR it was Social Security. The Roosevelt Administration sold Social Security as an “insurance” program when it began to push for the policy. The truth is, of course, that Social security and its unemployment plan adjunct is in no way an insurance program. It is welfare pure and simple.
Social Security is not insurance and neither is the federal unemployment program. Insurance is based on premiums paid and figured on actuarial information like health, personal history, life span expectations, age, population and other factors. Neither Soc. Sec. nor unemployment payments are based on such data. Taxes are not like premiums at all. Further that money is not, as FDR claimed, “held by the government solely for the benefit of the worker.” That was also a lie. The money goes into the general fund that Congress spends in any way it wants. There is no “lock box” of Soc. Sec. money held for us for our old age.
The courts later corrected FDR’s claims. In 1937, in Steward Machine Co. v Collector of Internal Revenue, Justice Benjamin Cardozo asserted directly that Soc. Sec. was not insurance. He also revealed FDR’s lie that the “benefits” were held in a fund “solely for the benefit of the worker.”
Cardozo said, “The Proceeds, when collected, go into the Treasury of the United States like internal revenue collections generally. They are not earmarked in any way.” The money is not held “solely” for the worker at all.
The Supreme Court even went so far as to tell FDR not to call his program insurance because it just wasn’t. It was a welfare program through and through. FDR refused to accede to the Court’s demand, however, and made sure his surrogates continued to sell the program as an insurance plan. FDR knew that welfare would not be popular in conservative America, but a newfangled “insurance” program would.
Fast forward to last year.
Similarly, we have just been confronted with Obama’s lie on the truth regarding the insurance mandate in Obamacare. The Obama administration spent a year scolding anyone that called his insurance mandate a tax. It was not a tax, he and his surrogates insisted; it was “health insurance.”
In September of 2009, Obama himself took to the airwaves to deny that his insurance mandate was a tax. On an episode of ABC’s “This Week” program George Stephanopoulos pushed the president on the fact that his mandate was a tax increase, but Obama denied it. “No. That’s not true, George,” the president said, “for us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.”
But, oh how times change. Now the Obama administration is finally admitting that the insurance mandate is indeed a tax. This about face is occurring because Obama realized that his mandated insurance idea was constitutionally untenable but if he turns it into a tax, why that he can defend in court. (Source: Right Wing News)
Obama and FDR. Two peas in a pod when it came to selling their liberal, government-expanding bill of goods to the American people.
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