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Winning the day with deceit

This is likely news to most people because at no point did the Obama administration mention a tax — until, that is, administration lawyers argued before the high court. Then suddenly, the mandate was a tax and of course Congress has the authority to tax the people.

Never mentioning the word “tax” and focusing on the Commerce Clause was smart strategy. But it was also deceitful and dishonest. This lesson is the most important to emerge from the ruling.

Read more about the Supreme Court decision:

Ed Rogers: Obama won ugly, and only temporarily
Carter Eskew: Supreme Court decision gives new life to President Obama

Jennifer Rubin: Turning the political and legal world upside down

Erik Wemple: CNN blows its first reaction to the health-care ruling

Greg Sargent: Supreme Court sides with federal power

Full text of the Supreme Court ruling

What the decision means for you

Kathleen Parker writes a twice-weekly column on politics and culture. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary In 2010.


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