Dick Polman dissects the falsehoods of the Republican “mandate is a tax” mantra. A nugget:
But, every so often, a lie is so shamelessly brazen that it behooves us to bemoan it. Witness the Republican talking point du jour, about how President Obama has supposedly slapped a humongous tax hike on the middle class, thanks to his health-reform provision that requires most Americans to buy health coverage.
Follow the link for the post mortem.
Stray attack of the rational(e):
Upholding something under the “taxing power” does not ipso facto make it a tax. Apparently it does make it a talking point.