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Op-ed column: Parliamentary procedure

Justice Roberts got it right in ruling on the Affordable Care Act

Mark Wilson/For The Sunday Gazette
Mark Wilson/For The Sunday Gazette
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I don’t subscribe to Time magazine, but I saw its July 16 cover at my allergist’s last Tuesday with the headline “Roberts Rules.” Great play on the title of one of my favorite books, “Robert’s Rules of Order,” the only difference between the phrases being the necessary apostrophe in the latter because the author in 1915 was the U.S. Army Colonel Henry Martyn Robert III, later a brigadier general. My first acquaintance with Robert’s Rules ...

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July 15, 2012
12:28 p.m.

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So, Edwin, you like Justice Roberts' opinion because it coincides with yours - yet you agree that it was made from faulty legal grounds. Is that like "heads, I win; tails, you lose"?

Your other reasonings are similarly skewed. The Gift to Wildlife on the income tax form is an optional donation, not a mandate. You are correct about the late filing penalty not being a tax - but Justice Roberts called the mandate a tax, because he knew it would be unconstitutional as a penalty. It's unconstitutional as a tax, but he saw that as a way of passing it off. He must be the best judge money can buy. That Harvard is a great place.

July 16, 2012
3:38 p.m.

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Edwin - That you think that Chief Justice Roberts' decision reveals that he is in favor of the ACA, shows that you are either short-sighted and a bit foolish, or that you have an odd sense of humor.

One thing the ACA will accomplish is that no longer will Canadians be coming here for surgery and other special procedures since our waiting lists will be as long as their own.