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A win for Romney

July 4, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

Governor Romney:

To put it as simply as possible, Chief Justice Roberts has just handed you the presidency of the United States. Since its inception, the Democratic Party and President Obama have insisted that the "Affordable Care Act" is not a tax. The bill was rammed through Congress under the provisions of the Commerce Clause. The bill was then sent to the Supreme Court and the constitutionality challenged under the Commerce Clause. As we all know the ruling was handed down Thursday and the bill was deemed constitutional not under the Commerce Clause but under Congress' "authority to levy taxes." Failure to comply with the provisions of the bill will result in fines levied against individuals and businesses. The fines will then be collected by the Internal Revenue Service as a provision of our tax returns - the result of this decision. This is a tax, and the American people have been lied to once again.

Well known is the fact you instituted a health care program while you were governor of Massachusetts. It is lesser known that the state Legislature was controlled by the Democrats during your term in office, the point being you demonstrated tremendous agility and skill in the art of compromise to secure the best program for the people of Massachusetts given the information and circumstances you were faced with at the time. A huge advantage of this fact is that you have the knowledge and experience to know what worked and what didn't in the Massachusetts program. This is a tremendous advantage over your opponent and not one to be shied away from.

This is your watershed moment, Governor, and President Obama's Waterloo. The time for true leadership is now. You have just been handed the keys to the White House by the Supreme Court. Do not shy away from this issue. It is yours for the taking. Health care and the economy are intertwined. Increased taxes and mandates mean decreased disposable income for the average family. An economy already in recession will result in further downturns and a possible depression. It is time to make your stand. This is the issue that will win you the presidency. Now is the time for bold leadership. The people are counting on you to do just that. It's time to lead.

Ric Wells, common man




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