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I thought the GOP stood for lower taxes and less regulation. Silly me! They're imposing new taxes everywhere and taking regulation to a new micro level.

See, most health insurance plans don't cover medical services unless they're considered medically necessary. So, requiring someone to undergo a medically unnecessary procedure that is unlikely to be covered by insurance is imposing a tax on the patient. And requiring such an invasive procedure as a trans-vaginal ultrasound as a pre-condition to receiving a legal procedure such as an abortion is about as micro-regulatory as you could imagine any government ever being.

And we're already familiar with the poll tax-like nature of some states' ID requirements for voting. To force those in poverty to get a picture ID - assuming they could produce the paperwork necessary to get one - as a condition of voting is nothing short of a right-to-vote tax. The party of "no background checks for gun purchases" wants to throw up all sorts of regulatory barriers to voting.

We should accuse Republicans of raising taxes on those who want to vote and those who have an unwanted pregnancy, along with any other instances of them costing ordinary citizens money. It's hard enough to get by these days without all these Republican-imposed taxes!

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Why can't we have Medicare-for-all?

    by 1BQ on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 09:39:05 PM PDT

  •  Do you recall the poll tax? (0+ / 0-)

    It is not lawful to tax people as a precondition for voting, and the Supreme Court would have to overrule established law to permit it.  In the 1966 case Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections, the Supreme Court extended the prohibition of poll taxes to state elections. It declared that the imposition of a poll tax in state elections violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

    In 1966, lower federal courts declared unconstitutional poll tax laws in the last four states to have them, Texas, Alabama, Virginia, and Mississippi.

    This will be interesting.  If you like train wrecks.  

    This is us governing. Live so that 100 years from now, someone may be proud of us.

    by marthature on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 08:03:10 AM PDT

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