Rep. Paul Ryan: Chief Justice Roberts Had to “Contort Logic and Reason” in Order to Rule ObamaTax Law Constitutional (Video)

Rep. Paul Ryan told George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” that Chief Justice John Roberts had to “contort logic and reason” in order to rule the individual mandate constitutional.

“The American people will become the judge and the jury of this law come November.”
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Paul Ryan doesn’t mince his words.

ABC reported:

“I’m very disappointed in the ruling. I think the chief justice had to contort logic and reason to come up with this ruling,” he said. “So one man decided against the dissenting opinion, against what I, you know, thought were his — his principles and judicial jurisprudence, he decided to leave this up to the American people. So now the stakes of this election could not be higher.”

…Ryan said this morning that he believes that a House vote to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law will take place later this month.

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  • Rachelle

    I don’t live in Ryan’s district but I think I will send him some money.

  • Glenmore

    He didn’t have to contort logic and reason, he just had to accept that the proponents of the bill lied when they said it was not a tax.

  • theBuckWheat

    The Roberts opinion shares many things in common with Dred Scott. Indeed, I think this case is the Dred Scott of this generation.

    Given the destruction of liberty that Roberts just invented a way to allow, how much worse must things get before good citizens will be obligated to redefine the relationship of the federal government to the States and to the People? We must start discussing a Constitutional Convention, lest this Leviathan consume us all.

  • Multitude

    I wonder when we’ll come to learn that the Justice has some skeletons in his closet that he might have been reminded of. One doesn’t listen to orals, walk away firmly on one side, and then change their position radically, throwing themselves into a mad dash to come up with anything to manufacture some sense of rationality for the otherwise incoherent position, without there being something to motivate that individual.

    What did Roberts do and when did he do it?

  • lizzy84

    DredRobert’s decision makes Paul Ryan– VP– yes?

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  • Robin

    Seems to me that the Chief Justice has started us back on the road of political decisions having political consequences. The judicial branch has attained too much authority without responsibility and he is trying to bring us back to the way the system is supposed to work. The courts should not be deciding how Congress does business.
    If the citizens of the United States of America do not like the current political philosophies in Washington, it is up to them to change it, not courts. That is the way it was always supposed to work.

  • pink tie Republican

    Roberts crapped on the Constitution and the American citizen. No amount of Republican magical thinking can change that. He will go down in history as a stain on justice and the law, and the SC.

  • Robodog7

    I like Paul Ryan and agree with him on most issues includung this one, however, it is futile at this time to move for the repeal of Obamacare. Harry Reid will not bring it to the senate floor and if it did move through the senate Obama would veto it.

    Wait until after the elections, in the mean time they should pass bills that would actually lower health care costs such as, being able to buy health care across state lines, tort reform, allow individuals to deduct part of their insurance costs from their taxes, ect. ect. All of the things that the dems refused to consider when they wrote Obamacare behind closed doors. Do each one as a separate bill and force the dems to show that they really don’t care about lowering costs. That would be a far better tool to campaign on in November.

  • old glazier

    Robert’s is a one man wrecking crew. One week ago, we had all the momentum with Obama faced with wearing the collar of a wasted term. Now, thanks to Roberts, he has “accomplishments” that will be touted 24/7 for the next four months. Throw in a couple late night appearances and sob story ads, the uninformed will once again feel good about the magic beans. This man is to be loathed and dismissed as any rat who betrayed the people who gave him his position. Being beaten by your known enemies is palatable. This action by one black-robed god who we trusted with a nomination is galling. Hope you enjoy staying indoors and looking over your shoulder the rest of your life. The phrase “he lived a life of honor” will never be said if you.

  • john b

    Romney must make Ryan his VP candidate — Ryan is the best articualtor of issues and stances than anyone.

  • Conservative Ken

    I’ll admit it

    I’m gun-shy about trusting Any politician in Washington. Our worst enemies are within our own ranks.

  • lizzy84

    #9 said.
    Robert’s is a one man wrecking crew.

    Agreed— There are just no excuses, no explanations that are sufficient to explain Robert’s actions. It is NOT his job to rewrite a piece of legislation for oBama. It is his job to call that which is against the Constitution, UnConstitutional. What he did, quite simply, is a travesty. He should hang his head in shame.

  • Like everyone else, at the moment I heard that he had ruled with the liberals I was upset. But after some brief reflection on who Roberts is and assessing his background, I realized what he had done was NOT siding with the liberals but rather he gave us a challenge by saying that he will not judge the will of the American people. There’s the clue right there what he had actually done. Then he said he wasn’t going to over rule where the people had made a choice in representatives who make laws they want. And there is the second clue. And the third and final clue is the fact that he did rule against the constitutionality of the mandate as it was written, and that it was unconstitutional. But the part that everyone got upset about was he said that the mandate (would be) lawful IF it was a tax.

    See, the mandate was never claimed to be a tax. The Democrats said it was a “penalty” for not taking the insurance, or a “fine” for not having insurance. Of course either way both of those are unconstitutional. The government cannot fine or assess a penalty on a citizen just because they don’t have something the government thinks or believes the citizen should have. What Roberts did was tell the American people that if you like all this unconstitutional crap and you want alot more of it, then keep voting for people like Obama and his Socialist Democrat followers and you’ll get all you can handle. But if you don’t I’m going to put this law in action so that the only way YOU are going to be able to get rid of it is to vote the Democrats and Obama OUT of office in November, then the Court won’t have to be wasting out time deciding on laws like ObamaCare.

    Roberts hates what Obama has done to this country, and he will not side with the liberals on the Court due to the fact that he knows they are wrong on the law, any law. But in this case he did something that was so deep and mental that it takes someone who will not let their emotions get in the way in order to see what it is that he actually did when it “appears” that he sided with the liberals.

    Roberts is not going to tell us what to do, like he said that’s not his job nor is it the job of the Court. But in this situation he has given us a second chance to make things right and has given us another opportunity to finish the job we began in 2010 by throwing the rest of the rats out. And as for Pelosi and Reid, I want to see them surrounded by conservatives who won’t hesitate to tell them how stupid they are and that the body won’t even consider anything they say, so shut the hell up!!

    So what Roberts has done is put the ball in our laps now. We HAVE to make sure Romney, or whoever, remember the convention is still coming and it will be a hotly disputed convention. I don’t think that Romney is a shoe-in just yet. You know he still doesn’t have enough Electoral College votes yet to win the election. He’s got two more months to do that. What has been said already is that there is not enough time for someone to get all the ground work done so that the American people would know who they are and what they represent in order that they would become this better choice than Romney and that the American people would follow all the way to November. But see that’s only if they were not known by the people. Under that circumstance it’s true that it’s to late for someone new to begin a campaign and overtake Romney.

    But what if a candidate stood up and declared that they were going to be a candidate and they were already very, very well known to all American’s and has already got all the ground work they would need. As a matter of fact they wouldn’t have to do anything and the American people would accept them right away. Romney would have to just bow out and pledge his support to them and give that person all his delegates in order to push them over the top. And that someone could be SARAH PALIN. She has the business sense that would be needed, she has been governor of a major state, and has the savy to deal with the major oil companies and make them do what she wants. I don’t care about the scandals her family members have, she would have the voice of the people that we all agreed that he had when McCain made her his running mate. I know that many who voted for McCain actually were voting for him as a proxy vote for Palin. Who knows, it could happen, and we know she is conservative and didn’t help Obama write the ObamaCare law like Romney did.

  • re Ryan as VP.
    He’s a smart guy but a terrible political choice for VP.

    i.e. 2 white guys on the ticket, one of whom has been thoroughly portrayed by the left and MSM as the guy pushing granny off the cliff.

    It would be wonderful for Mitt to be able to pick the best person for the job, but in THE REAL WORLD, repubs need to learn how to play the game better.

  • old glazier


    I always appreciate your posts and learn from them, and you may be right on the complexities. That having been said, we’re fighting for our very lives at this point in history and this decision has taken the energy from the room. The Left NEVER does things on priciple. They play to win. One of theirs will NEVER deviate from the plan.

  • #14: I want some of whatever you’ve been smoking.

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    July 1, 2012

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    [In a laughably asinine comparison between tabloid infatuation
    and Congress’ quest to uncover the truth about Operation Fast
    and Furious, LZ Granderson wrote for that we should
    not be “nosy” with regards to the scandal that left Border Patrol
    Agent Brian Terry murdered by weapons “walked” into the hands
    of Mexican cartels. Good grief…]


  • Sparky

    Americans are so screwed. This looks like Canadian-style socialized medicine where everyone pays into centralized medicine that is mediocre at best.

    Canadians pay 40 cents of every dollar for crappy health care. And yes, people are treated according to age and type of illness.

    So, if you are elderly and develop cancer, too bad. If you are young with a chronic illness, too bad. You are only given palliative care or just enough to keep you at a functional level. Palin refers to this as a death panel. Canadians call this REALITY!

  • Joe College

    Obamacare comes with a giant database of medical history for everybody in the country. I’ve always felt this is one of the main attractions for the Obama crowd because they can find lots of dirt on their opponents. I think This is the reason congresspeople were so quick to categorically opt out of the system.

    It would be a crowning irony if they Roberts to rule the way he ruled by finding something on him in the database.

  • Robert

    The fraud is piling up so high we can’t even see through it. The law was passed by trickery in the middle of the night. Now the underlying authority of the law has been “deemed” to be the taxing power, while it was and is still being denied that it is a tax.

    The only question is at which level Roberts has lied to the American people. Either he has played politics with the Constitution to “protect the integrity of the Court” or he has deluded himself into the belief that this is actually a Constitutionally justified exercise of federal power. At any rate, he has allowed this gross unconstitutional expansion of federal power to occur, and we are left to grasp at wispy straws of perceived positive implications.

    History does show that government tends toward despotism.

    Roberts stood athwart history, and waved it on through.

  • Conservative Ken


    I’m thinking along similar lines.

    Not only will they have a giant database of medical history, they also have provisions for FORCED medical treatment. Vaccinations for children. They just kicked that door wide open.

    Bear with me, I know I sound like a tinfoil hat.

    What happens if and when the Government labels dissenters with a mental illness? Will we be forced to take the latest and greatest psychotropic drugs to make us good citizens?

    What happens with medical malpractice? Can we sue the Government because they assigned us to a particular doctor for treatment?

  • StrangernFiction

    To argue that the Founders intended the Constitution to give the Federal Government the power to tax people for breathing is inane.

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    StrangernFiction #23 July 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    ooh, that reminds me..

    and bit more of much more, and what the hell anyways.. /s/

    on a different (but also connected) plane..

    albeit will take some time as yet,
    this is where we are headed.. 🙁

    but hey, don’t believe me, wait until it’s going down, and
    oh, i dunno, maybe write your congressperson a letter??

    [we/your/etc = meant in general, not specific]


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  • Francesca

    #22: The mental illness aspect of your post sounds like the old USSR except they forced people into mental hospitals whereas we don’t have many mental hospitals left. Therefore: as you suggested, psychotropic medications.

  • aprilnovember811

    Does George S. want to be a free man, or not?

  • We are ALL Dred Scott now.

    This is Dred Scott II, we are now the “property” of the federal government because it can ORDER us to purchase anything it wants against our will or “tax” us if we refuse.

    “No thanks, I don’t wish to purchase that can of corn”.
    “No problem, the tax on that refusal will be $2.49”.

    John Roberts will become the most hated man in American history over the coming decades if Obamacare isn’t repealed. He may be the most hated man in America right now.

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  • Minty

    Ryan does not seem to comprehend how Marbury v. Madison works. What a buffoon he is!

  • snap boy

    Marbury v. Madison matters not with Obamacare according to the Supreme Court.

  • donh

    Supreme Court Jester Roberts wants Obama re-elected…Its that simple. …And he gets to vote for Obama 3 times…AZ ruling , Obamacare ruling, and once more on Nov 6th…..Let the cock crow…Jeb and George Bush will also vote Obama.

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  • Roberts stump on Contitution and trade Americans liberty and freedom all to save the reputation of court ……..

  • Vicky Hernandez

    Hear! Hear, Paul Ryan! It’s about time someone on the Right call Roberts out on his judicial pretzel logic! Enough with the “silver-lining” twaddle. A loss is a loss.

    Roberts is not bad guy; but, he is not like his hard-Left and Right colleagues on the SCOTUS. He is weak. Now more than ever before, Wasington DC is a cesspool of Leftism.

    In the las hundred years or so, has anyone ever heard of someone going to DC who has become a true Conservative? Those who are strong in their Conservative values don’t change. The weak ones generally become more and more Liberal. Is Roberts starstruck? Who knows. Might he need to feel a little Lib Love? Again, who knows.

    Instead of wondering the “why” of the Roberts opinion, we should think about the consequences of it. If history is any indicator, Roberts might just turn out to be a sure Lib vote overtime. Just like some the other GOP Supreme Court nominees of the last 50 years who’ve swung Left. The most recent being David Souter.

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  • GP Fan

    It’s time to sequester the SC until their decision is reached. Just like a jury.