Friday, December 12, 2014

Instead of using this space to pretend the newly released CIA "torture" report confirms that the United States is the most evil nation in the history of the universe, I'm going to address Jonathan Gruber's confirmation that he believes we're all stupid.

Assuming you are not under any rocks or haven't been in an underground bunker without access to media, you will have heard that Gruber, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the principal architect of Obamacare, made some unflattering comments about his fellow Americans.

At a panel event last year, discussing how the administration was able to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, Gruber openly admitted that the administration deceived the American people in numerous important respects about the legislation, bragged about the administration's lack of transparency in the process and outright called the American people "stupid," which I think is arguably the least of these three sins, though it's the one getting the most airplay.

Read Gruber's own words: "You can't do it politically. You just literally cannot do it. OK?

Transparent financing and also transparent spending. I mean, this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure (the Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. OK? So it's written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are going to pay in -- you made explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money -- it would not have passed. ... Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically, that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass. ... Look, I wish (health economist) Mark (Pauly) was right (that) we could make it all transparent, but I'd rather have this law than not."

This week, Gruber, tail between his legs, desperately backpedaled before Congress, pretending that he didn't mean a thing he said, that he had only acted arrogantly in an effort to portray himself as a very smart cookie.

He told Congress: "I'm not an elected official, nor am I a political adviser. ... I behaved badly, and I will have to live with that, but my own inexcusable arrogance is not a flaw in the Affordable Care Act. The ACA is a milestone accomplishment for our nation that has already provided millions of Americans with health insurance. ... It's never appropriate to make oneself seem more important or smarter by demeaning others. I knew better. I know better. I'm embarrassed, and I'm sorry."

This is truly insulting, for now he's also treating us as stupid, not just his fellow Obama voters. When he attributed the passage of the bill to the "stupidity" of the American voters, he was necessarily talking about Obama voters, because the rest of us weren't going to be persuaded to go along with this socialist scheme no matter how ornately he dressed it up with deceit.

But by telling Congress that he didn't really mean any of what he said, he and those in the administration he colluded with on this, including Obama, are playing us non-Obama voters for fools, as well. Reread his comments to the panel. There's no escaping his clear meaning.

He revealed that the administration was very calculating in getting the bill passed. His comments on the panel weren't throwaway remarks. They show that the administration deliberately and premeditatedly mischaracterized the nature of the mandate to the CBO (as a penalty and not as a tax); otherwise, by Gruber's admission, the bill would have died.

We non-Kool-Aid drinkers knew this at the time, so this is not news to us. Gruber also doubly reaffirmed the administration's intention to deceive when he said that he wishes it could have passed the bill by being open and honest about it (transparent) but that the bill would never have passed had the administration been honest. It's right there in his words, spoken before he got in trouble, not after.

Obama and company made a conscious decision to lie because they'd "rather have this law than not."

So while people are making a big fuss over Gruber's calling Americans stupid, they ought to be far more outraged that he admitted the administration purposefully lied to us. This is the real story, and it reveals, once again, the character and mentality of this entire administration, for Gruber was speaking not merely for himself but about the entire administration, beginning with Obama.

No one wanted this socialist law more than Obama, and he has shown in every way imaginable that he went to extreme lengths to get it enacted -- and he has done the same to keep it in force. We always knew that Obama's end-justifies-the-means mindset and dogmatic ideological fervor led to his corruption and lawlessness, but now we have his principal Obamacare architect admitting it -- and then lamely lying to Congress after the fact in an embarrassingly failed effort to deny he meant it.

This is all disgraceful and underscores how imperative it is that Obamacare be fully repealed and that the newly elected GOP Congress get a backbone and stand up to this cadre of scofflaws.

1 comment:

  1. I find this interesting. I wonder how the people who voted for Obamacare feel now that they are being called stupid. Doesn't the Democrat Party just keep telling lies and cooking the books to get their agenda passed?

    I am rather disappointed in Boehner so far. I was hoping he would stand up to Obama.

    However, I will give him until the new congress, but if he continues to help Obama, I think he should be replaced.

    Back to politics...I know CPR covered the republican field a week or so ago, but I have a thought on the subject now. I read today that Romney was secretly thinking about entering the race. The editorial said he was not impressed with the current group of leaders.

    I like Romney and wouldn't mind him being president IF he stands against amnesty and obamacare.

    Here is MY only problem with Romney. He is weak as water. I'm saying this to the readers here, but that is the way I see him after the last election. He did not run a strong campaign. He won the primary because of all the negative things poping up against his challengers. He lost the general election because he was NOT forceful enough during the debates.

    Of all the STUPID things to be hung up on: how much wealth he had!

    Here is what ROMNEY should have done during the debates concerning money. I would tell Obama this. I will open every damn record I have, but you do the same.

    Let's see how you earned your millions against how I earned mine.

    Let's see your grade transcripts, hospital records, birth certificate and I will let everyone see mine...LET's be an open book. What is your social security number?
    Let's give people EVERYTHING!

    However, Romney was an idiot and did not do that! I agree with Trump; he lost and should not run again. I voted for Romney, but I have to agree with Trump. You only have so many chances and Romney lost an election he should have won because he was TIMID!

    When a fat cow from CNN tries to spew lies, then call her out on it right then and right there on national TV.

    Personally, I am not overcome with the republican field myself, but I at least want a leader with some balls to stand up to the media and not be intimidated by them.

    I think the VP debate went badly as well. You had Biden making faces like an imbecile; I would have called him an imbecile to his face. Republicans need to stop being Mr. nice guy. The days of being nice all long gone. If the runners don't want to get dirty, they should not enter the race.

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