One of these didn’t come from Atlas Shrugged; can you name which one?
1) The Anti-Greed Act
2) The Anti Dog-Eat-Dog Act
3) The Shared Responsibility Act
4) The Fair Share Act
5) The Railroad Unification Act
The correct answer is number 3, though it’s not an act but actually the Shared Responsibility Payment a term presently being used by the IRS. This Washington Examiner article authored by Byron York and titled “Dems run away from Obamacare penalty they imposed” included this paragraph:
By the way, Democrats don’t like to call the Obamacare penalty a penalty; its official name is the Shared Responsibility Payment. But the fact is, the lawmakers’ intent in levying the fines was to make it so painful for the average American to ignore Obamacare that he or she will ultimately knuckle under and do as instructed.
I am currently watching the Atlas Shrugged Movie trilogy and when I came across this article I immediately thought that the “Shared Responsibly Payment” came directly from those movies. I had to look it up for verification and it comes directly from IRS guidelines, you can read about the IRS’s Individual Shared Responsibility Payment here which states that:
For any month in 2014 that you or any of your dependents don’t maintain coverage and don’t qualify for an exemption, you will need to make an individual shared responsibility payment with your 2014 tax return filed in 2015.
Progressives have a long history of changing names of policies and titles when they become discredited or unpopular. Examples being that they once embraced being called progressives but then they changed to calling themselves liberal. Global warming to climate change to climate chaos is another. Now it’s Obamacare when it’s popular but then it becomes the Affordable Care Act or the ACA Act when people learn the truth behind the law.
The further we go the closer we get to living out George Orwell’s predictions in his 1984 novel. “Double Speak” is alive and well. What’s next, will we have to start worrying about “Big Brother” watching us? Never mind we’ve already crossed that bridge.
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