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Obama’s New Thoughtcrime

The
quotations below say it all:
Fox
News
February 11th:
THOUGHT POLICE:
FIRMS MUST SWEAR OBAMACARE NOT A FACTOR IN FIRINGS

Is the latest delay
of ObamaCare regulations politically
motivated
? Consider what administration officials announcing the new exemption
for medium-sized employers had to say about firms that might fire workers to
get under the threshold and avoid hugely expensive new requirements of the law.
Obama officials made clear in a press briefing that firms would not be allowed
to lay off workers to get into the preferred class of those businesses with 50
to 99 employees. How will the feds know what employers were thinking when
hiring and firing? Simple. Firms will be required to certify to the IRS – under
penalty of perjury – that ObamaCare was not a motivating factor in their
staffing decisions. To avoid ObamaCare costs you must swear that you are not
trying to avoid ObamaCare costs. You can duck the law, but only if you promise
not to say so.
As you know, the Regime recently
delayed the implementation of the employer mandate for three years, until
2016.  This means that employers who have a hundred or less employees will
be subject to the mandate…..
The point of this is that this
limit of 100 is a golden opportunity for businesses to, once again, fire people
to get under that number of 100 so that they are eligible for the delay of the
mandate.  So what the Obama Regime has done, is said firms and businesses
are going to be required to certify to the IRS — under penalty of perjury —
that Obamacare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions….
You now have to certify to the
IRS, under threat of perjury, that you didn’t do that to avoid Obamacare
costs.  I mean, you can duck the law, but then only if you promise not to
say you’re doing that.  Companies must now swear to the IRS that none of
their layoffs are because of Obamacare.  This must be in writing. It is
made under threat of perjury charges. So what they’re trying to avoid here,
obviously, is laying people off.
But more than that, they don’t
want businesses saying that they’re laying people off or firing people because
of Obamacare.  That’s really what the rub is, and it boils down to they
can do what they want but they better not say that they’re firing people
because of Obamacare.  Now, it’s been running around, going around here, that this is a banana republic.  This is way beyond a
banana republic now.  This is Stalinism. 
Or
Nazism. Picture this: German employers – businesses, industries, universities –
swearing that they didn’t fire or lay off their Jewish employees because of the
Nazi government’s economic policies or campaign against Jews, because that
wouldn’t look good to the international press. They’re required to swear on
paper, under penalty of perjury and a turn in a concentration camp, that Jews
just partied too much and too often came into work drunk or with a debilitating
hangover. They are required to swear on a stack of Mein Kampfs that they never said a bad word about Nazism, the Führer,
or the government’s command economy.
Syndicated
political columnist Charles
Krauthammer
noted that the delay is the stuff “you do in a banana
republic.”
Or
a totalitarian one. Obama seems determined to replace the American eagle emblem
with a long yellow thing that is rotten inside and is turning brown. It could
be a banana or a plantain.
“All
power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” wrote Lord
Acton
. And this is as good a time as any to introduce a longer quotation
that perfectly describes Barack Obama’s policies and administration:
The more restrictions and
compulsions he imposes on other persons, the greater the strain on his own
morality. As his appetite for using force against people increases, he tends
increasingly to surround himself with advisers who also seem to derive a
peculiar pleasure from forcing others to obey their decrees. He appoints
friends and supporters to easy jobs of questionable necessity. If there are not
enough jobs to go around, he creates new ones. In some instances, jobs are sold
to the highest bidder. The hard-earned money of those over whom he rules is
loaned for questionable private endeavors or spent on grandiose public projects
at home and abroad. If there is opposition, an emergency is declared or created
to justify these actions.
That
power can also corrupt its victims, in this instance, employers who will lie or
fudge figures on their tax returns and other federally-required paperwork
connected to Obamacare to avoid snap IRS audits and punishing penalties. How
many employers would risk stating: “I fired these employees because the
costs of retaining them are directly linked to your socialist policies and it
is impossible to sustain those mandated costs and still remain in business.”
Very
few. The new rule will encourage dishonesty and the faking of reality among the
majority of business owners and employers. Call it “trickle-down
corruption.”
The
“certification” rule is a form of censorship and Obama’s brand of thoughtcrime. Telling the truth has been
turned into a liability.

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2 Comments

  1. Edward Cline

    Another point to make is that not only do the new "delay" rules encourage dishonesty and the faking of reality by employers, but seeks to make them a party to Obama's dishonesty and faking of reality.

  2. Unknown

    The flip side of this is how many employers with slightly less than 100 employees will now want to hire more?

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