Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, tells Newsmax.TV that court decisions are bolstering the GOP’s attack on Obamacare by baring its constitutional flaws. And the Senate delivered the first chink to the healthcare law’s armor with its repeal of the “vicious and intrusive” 1099 provision that would have burdened American businesses.
Norquist, a leading voice in the conservative movement, also applauded a recent court decision in Florida, and an earlier decision in Virginia, declaring that the individual mandate requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance is unconstitutional.
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“The courts are pointing out that a lot of [Obamacare] doesn’t show up in the Constitution anywhere,” Norquist says. “Overwhelmingly, the American people would like to get rid of it, polls show. Republicans in the House and 47 votes in the Senate said get rid of the whole thing.
“There’s a lot of momentum for getting rid of it, but [President Barack] Obama still has the veto. So it’s going to take some time.”
Obamacare may not be fully repealed until 2012, when the GOP likely takes over the Senate and possibly the White House as well, Norquist adds.
An important victory came this week when the Senate voted 81-17 to repeal an Obamacare provision that required businesses to file 1099 tax forms any time they spend more than $600 a year with any other business. That vote came just before the 51-47 Senate tally in which Democrats managed to turn back the Republican challenge to the healthcare bill.
“That’s a small step in the right direction,” Norquist says. “It removes some of the bricks on which Obamacare was built. It is a vicious and intrusive tax increase deliberately designed to make criminals out of every small businessman, because you can’t possibly keep the paperwork they insisted on.”
David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union — the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization — joined Norquist for the exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV. He said he’s most upset with the Obama administration’s reaction to the two court decisions ruling that the healthcare reform legislation is unconstitutional.
“The amazing thing is that in the face of these court decisions, the administration says we’ll just ignore them. One spokesman said, what does it matter what a couple judges say?” Keene says.
“Imagine if George W. Bush had been faced with court decisions, as he was on surveillance and terrorism, and said, ‘What are a couple of judges?’ There would have been riots in the street.”
Norquist and Keene both blast President Barack Obama’s fiscal policy. “They threw so much spending on the table and then planned on pulling back a little from that,” Norquist says.
The Obama administration proposes trimming the $1.5 trillion deficit it has created “and wants to argue they’re accomplishing something,” he says. “We need to undo the damage.”
Keene asserts that Washington is the only place where people will say the nation doesn’t have serious fiscal problems.
“You have the Democratic governor of New York making draconian cuts along with Republican governors in New Jersey and Florida. They know there’s a problem. In Washington, you can talk to politician after politician, and they say, oh well, we can make some adjustments. They really don’t get it.”
Discussing the recent turmoil in Egypt, Norquist says: “Obama is coming late in the game. The challenge in Egypt is that they haven’t had economic reform, property rights or free trade. The government isn’t very responsive.
“I’m not sure Obama jumping around and getting involved makes any difference to people in Egypt. They’ve made a decision that they want to change their leadership.”
Keene says our support for Egypt over the years made sense, because it was a force for stability in the Mideast. “What we didn’t do was to urge the government to build the civic institutions necessary to underpin the transition to democracy. That’s why we’re in such a dangerous spot now.”
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