This decision has made America less free. We the people have been told there is no choice. You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo -- the IRS.
Perhaps what is most disturbing about this ruling, though, is that the federal mandate is considered a TAX. Now that Congress can use the taxation power of the federal government to compel behavior or lack thereof, what’s next? More taxes if we don’t drive Toyota Priuses or if we eat too much junk food or maybe even pea soup?
~ Maine Governor Paul LePage in his weekly radio program, comparing the IRS to the Gestapo, and therefore President Obama to Hitler ~ From the Maine Sunday Telegram
I demand a full apology on behalf of all those who suffered at the hands of the real Gestapo.
~ Maine Democratic Party Chairman Ben Grant
Methinks the Dems protest too much. LePage may have violated the so-called "Godwin's Law" that prohibits Nazi analogies when criticizing an opponent. But you don't have to go far to find Democrats being equally hyperbolic about Republicans.
LePage should apologize when the Democrats do it.
~ Rick Moran in American Thinker
Perhaps he should forgo his taxpayer paid health insurance.
~ comment by Rick Smith of Willamette University on TPM
So the despot in chief is whining again. How's that assistant chef's job at the governor's mansion you got your daughter? You know, the one that pays her $41k a year plus benefits. Or your brother-in-law you hired with a salary of over $68k per year.
When you stop hiring family and win greater than 50% (hell winning 40% would have been an improvement) of the votes, come back and talk to us about anything. Til then, STFU.
~ comment by Lee Bess Toad on TPM
Maine voters regret electing Repubican Paul LePage Governor and would choose Independent Eliot Cutler if they could do the 2010 election over again, a new poll from Public Policy Polling finds. When asked who they would vote for if they could do the election over, 43% of Maine voters chose Eliot Cutler, 35% chose Paul LePage, and 19% chose Democrat Libby Mitchell. LePage suffers from a negative job approval rating, with just 41% of voters approving of his job performance and 52% disapproving.
~ Public Policy Polling, March 2012
The governor of Maine doesn't know what the Gestapo was: news.yahoo.com/gestapo-maine-…— Crevans (@c_r_evans) July 8, 2012
A new level of inflammatory rhetoric : Maine's Tea Party Governor, in weekly radio address, calls IRS "the new Gestapo" maine.gov/tools/whatsnew…— John Voelcker (@johnvoelcker) July 8, 2012