What an interesting couple of days it has been for our country, as we focus on the Constitution, the power of the Supreme Court, the scope of overall federal authority in the 21st century, the difference between a tax and a penalty, how to truly curb rising health care costs and what the Affordable Care Act will do to small business owners in general, and the staffing industry more specifically. And all the while, a Muslim man with Allah scrawled crudely on his t-shirt alternately stands and kneels on the street in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue loudly – and freely – praying in Arabic.
So as we celebrate our nation’s birthday, it’s a fitting time to acknowledge that no matter which side of the debate we find ourselves on, it’s a wonderful thing to be able to have that debate and discourse freely, without fear of reprisal or retribution. Even if that means praying to a foreign God in a foreign language in front of one of the most iconic structures and symbols of our nation.
This has been an interesting couple of days for me as well. You see, only hours after the landmark Supreme Court decision and the posting of this Obamacare Will Force Me To Shut My Doors piece, I was in Washington, D.C.
In fact, at the exact moment I was reading all the comments stream in on my phone (26 and counting) in response to the article, I was literally walking around the Supreme Court building, Capital Hill, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the National WWII Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, before ending up at the White House.
Actually, my final destination was a hotel a few blocks away, where I safely arrived just in advance of an epic storm that knocked out power to a million people, and still leaves hundreds of thousands in the dark.
Mother Nature competed for headlines with Supreme Court Justice John G. Roberts, and I would say over the weekend and into the beginning part of the holiday week, the battle was pretty even.
I’ll tell you something though, the talk on the radio airwaves in Washington, and the headlines in The Washington Post weren’t very even. The Post may be slightly left leaning typically, but this wasn’t one of those times.
Here are some sample headlines from Sunday’s Commentary section.
Court’s awful ruling taxes our patients…
Roberts unleashes vast federal power…
Mighty Roberts has struck out…
Chief Justice Roberts: Genius or traitor?
And on and on.
Karen Harned, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center, wrote that small businesses have been hit with the double whammy of higher health care and health insurance costs, plus they have been told they have to purchase a product they don’t want and/or can’t afford.
“There is little chance for a small business to grow and thrive under Obamacare…Thanks to the Supreme Court decision, small businesses will be crushed by higher taxes and a health care law that never should have been passed in the first place.”
The NFIB has joined 26 states in filing a lawsuit against the government, arguing the entire law should be thrown out.
The final word though might not lie with the Supreme Court, but rather with the court of public opinion, in the form of next November’s elections. Oral arguments have already begun.
Enjoy the holiday. Celebrate America.