Friday, March 20, 2009

House Violates Constitution - Passes 90% Tax on Bonuses Paid to Executives

    Article 1, section 9, clause 3, "No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed."

    Bill of attainder: an act of legislature declaring a person or group of persons guilty of some crime and punishing them without benefit of a trial.

    Ex post facto Law: a law that retroactively changes the legal consequences of acts committed or the legal status of facts and relationships that existed prior to the enactment of the law.
On March 19th, 2009 the United States House of Representatives voted to pass a 90% tax increase on all bonuses paid to individuals whose combined family income exceeds $200,000 and at the time of receiving the bonus were employed by any company that accepted more than $5 billion in financial assistance from the US Government.

The same representatives that rushed to vote on a stimulus package they could not have possibly read, had no qualms about violating the Constitution to exact retribution against those they felt acted unethically, but where as no actual crime was committed. In the mean time, people like Chris Dodd who received $103,100, Barack Obama who received $101,332, Joe Biden who received $19,975, and 34 other House Democrats who received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the bailed out company will not have to pay a dime of the ill gotten funds back.[1]

243 Democrats were joined by 85 Republicans in passing this bill, showing that violating the US Constitution is the one thing both parties are more than willing to cross the isle for.

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