The most thoroughly corrupt Regime in the nation’s history has told the Treasury Department–read, I.R.S–that beginning immediately, the nation’s small business owners must “…’certify’ that they are not shedding full-time workers simply to avoid the [ObamaCare employer] mandate. Officials said employers will be told to sign a ‘self-attestation’ on their tax forms affirming this, under penalty of perjury.”
Could there be any example of outright thuggery that is more quintessentially “Barack?” Imagine employers being required to swear, “under penalty of perjury,” hand over heart and head bowed in supplication to The One that they, as business owners, “have not taken an action that they have every legal right to take.”
And could there be a less subtle way to inform the nation’s employers that an unacceptable “self-attestation” will result in the swift retribution of the Regime?
In July of last year, Barack Obama announced his politically inspired decision to delay, until 2015, implementation of the employer mandate, the ObamaCare provision that requires businesses with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance or pay unaffordable penalties. It seems the Regime did not want reports of widespread, ObamaCare-prompted layoffs to further damage the chance of Democrats to retain control of the Senate after the 2014 election.
As a result, Obama has directed his IRS sock-puppets to perform yet another unconstitutional assault against certain members of the American public, this time business owners (lest they be tempted to reveal the true extent both of Obamacare-motivated layoffs and of the threats directed by the Regime against those employers who would dare tell the truth about it.)
After all, were it widely known that employers were laying off employees to avoid some portion of Mr. Obama’s healthcare holocaust, it would do further damage to the already dismal reputation of a program that cannot provide even marginally adequate healthcare coverage for anything resembling an affordable price.
It’s important to note that, according to Regime instructions, employers will not be ASKED to certify the personnel decisions they have CHOSEN to make in response to the requirements of the ObamaCare statute. Rather, they are being TOLD to certify the decisions the Regime has effectively DEMANDED they make–i.e. that they are not “shedding workers” in response to the employer mandate. Should an employer tell the truth and admit that he fired 2 people in order to avoid expensive premiums or mandate penalties, his punishment will be…what? As of yet, the Regime doesn’t say. But it’s doubtful that all will be forgiven and forgotten. Not when the Regime can intimidate the many by making an example of the one.
And if an intrepid boss decides to LIE when claiming layoffs had nothing to do with the law, he will be charged with perjury. Of course, the charge will be painfully illegal. But when has that stopped the Obama Administration making an example of an individual who has done something legal, but unpopular with our would-be dictator?
It’s safe to assume that a certain number of business owners will figuratively tell Barack and Co where to go by NOT signing the mandated pledge. Apart from a near-guaranteed audit by Obama’s favorite federal Service, will these courageous Americans be subjected to any other illegal abuse by Regime operatives? That will be the $50,000 question. Can someone who has acted in a legal manner be fined or imprisoned for perjury because he told the truth about what he did? Or as it is put on the Patterico’s Pontifications site, the Regime will tell business owners to “attest that you didn’t do something you have a right to do — and if you’re lying, you go to jail.”
We sure are lucky we have a law professor in the White House, aren’t we?