The Supreme Court would disagree with that, of course. This is a term I’ve not yet heard for a tax — a “shared responsibility payment”. Of course not everyone will be sharing in Obama’s responsibility mandate, will they? Certainly not most of his voters who aren’t even responsible enough to purchase their own cell phones. And not the ruling class who passed this abomination and promptly exempted themselves from their “responsibility”. That aside, this reminds me of other Democrat euphemisms such as “contributions” for taxes, “investments” for when politicians give our tax dollars to their cronies whose enterprises could never survive without them in the free market (see Solyndra) and, of course, the term “man-caused disasters” to describe acts of war on American citizens by Moslem extremists. Via the Daily Caller:
The Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) final rule on Obamacare’s individual mandate, released this week, uses the term “Shared Responsibility Payment” more than 50 times to describe the mandate’s non-compliance penalty, which the Supreme Court in 2012 defined as a tax.
The IRS also used the term “shared responsibility penalty” in the rule, which does not identify the individual mandate as a tax.
The 75-page rule published by the IRS, which is tasked with enforcing Obamacare as the law is fully implemented in 2014, is entitled “Shared Responsibility Payment for Not Maintaining Minimum Essential Coverage.”
While the Obama administration originally pitched the individual mandate as a penalty, not a tax, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts ruled in June 2012 that Obamacare is only constitutional because the individual mandate is technically a tax.
(h/t Greg W.)