Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Professor Jonathan Gruber is the Stupid One
You’ve watched the video. Professor Jonathan Gruber, the acclaimed architect of ObamaCare, tells us what he thinks of the American people. Watch or rewatch the video to assess not his remarks, but his attitude. Professor Gruber is preening himself, imbued with conceit. He said at a University of Pennsylvania conference: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO did not score the mandate as a taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you make explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed. Lack of transparency is a large political advantage, And basically, call it the stupidity of the American people or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the bill to pass….” This from a President who promised transparency in his Administration. We now learn that in a presentation in October 2013 at Washington University he said of the “Cadillac Tax:” “They proposed it and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference.” Professor Gruber is full of himself. Watch the video. He’s strutting, proud of putting one over on the stupid voters. He’s so much smarter than us. He duped us so easily. He is an arrogant, blithering idiot – perhaps a brilliant idiot, but an idiot nevertheless. The American people were not beguiled by President Obama, Professor Gruber, Senator Harry Reid, or Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Americans opposed it five years ago. They opposed it 4 years ago. They opposed it in 2012, but their opposition was muted because the Republicans nominated Governor Romney, author of RomneyCare in Massachusetts. The people oppose it today. ObamaCare was not enacted because of a lack of transparency. It was not enated because of popular support. The Democrats jammed it through with raw political power. A direct correlation existed between the President’s campaign for ObamaCare and the rising public opposition to it. His scores of speeches resulted in increasing public opposition. Professor Gruber’s acting like a stuffed turkey before Thanksgiving. ObamaCare is a turkey. He is fooling himself if he thinks the people were deceived. Noone was fooled. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was a willing accomplice in the deception. So were the Democratic members of Congress. Democratic members of Congress weren’t fooled because they didn’t read the bill before voting for it. They received the 2,000 page opus three days before voting. Speaker Pelosi said “We have to pass the Healthcare Bill to find out what’s in it.” 60 Democratic Senators voted on December 23, 2009 for the Bill. 30 of them are now out of the Senate, with Senator Mary Landrieu soon to follow. The American people are speaking with their votes. Professor Gruber is speaking out of conceit. He’s sorry his remarks were caught on tape – not for the remarks themselves. His non-apology: “The comments in the video were made at an academic conference. I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately, and I regret having made those comments.” Nothing about the substance of those remarks or his contempt for the American people. We now learn that he has expressed the same contempt on other occasions. We also learn that the brilliant professor suffers from diarrhea of the mouth. He stated in 2012 on multiple occasions that only residents in states with state exchanges could receive tax credits. For example at a conference in 2012 at Noblis he was asked “It is my understanding that if states don’t provide [exchanges], then the federal government will provide them for the states?” He responded: “What is important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits….” He has since backtracked from those remarks. That issue is currently before the Supreme Court. He expresses the elitist attitude to the people – an attitude of contempt. They know better than us what we need, what we should eat, what we should drink, what we should drive, where we should live, what insurance coverage we should have, how we should raise our children.. They give us the Nanny State. They don’t know the people. Did Professor Gruber notice that the “stupid” American voters last week dumped the Democratic Party, following the 2010 Republican wave? What is Chief Justice Roberts thinking?