ObamaCare Architect: To Fool Stupid American Voters “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage”

Rush Limbaugh is fond of saying that liberals wake up every morning and ask themselves, “how can we fool them, today?”

Nothing demonstrates that truism better than the dishonest methods Democrats used to passed ObamaCare.

The government  takeover of the United States health care system was based on lies according to the law’s architect, Jonathan Gruber, in a recently revealed video. Gruber, the MIT professor who helped design Obamacare, openly stated that the law was passed through stealth to fool the stupid American people.

Because dishonesty and lack of transparency is Grubby Gruber’s M/O, he has been caught lying about the law in the past.

In 2012, after he started a lucrative business helping states set up their health care exchanges, Gruber argued that according to the letter of the law, only state exchanges were eligible for subsidies. But by the summer of 2014, with legal challenges based on that reading of the law threatening to dismantle it, he did a complete 180, saying, it’s ‘nutty’ to assert that subsidies only flow through state-based exchanges.

In the newly released video, Gruber is seen on a panel on October 17, 2013, admitting that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme Court because it was a tax, was not actually a tax. It was written specifically to hide the mandate as a tax because if everyone understood that ObamaCare was financed through a huge-ass tax, it would have been impossible to pass. This video puts to rest once and for all any doubt that the law was written with the intention to deceive.

In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit 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 for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

Now some pundits are taking his words, And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass – to mean that the American people were too stupid to appreciate what a wonderful gift ObamaCare was so they had to be lied to.

I see it as that and an admission of the low regard the elites have for “the American people” – how easy they are to fool and manipulate (in essence Democrats, because Republicans weren’t fooled.)

If you were like me, in 2009 and 2010, you were constantly appalled and frankly mortified that your fellow countrymen (Democrats) were buying the BS that more people would be covered for less money, would receive better quality of care,  all our insurance rates go down, and we’d all get to keep our plans and doctors. We were obviously being lied to, that was clear back in 2009 – but the people pushing the law had such a low regard for “the American people” (Democrats) they knew they could get away with it. And the Democrats let them.

In the Fall of 2010 there was a reckoning from the voting public (heavily Republican) that wasn’t fooled – and again in 2014 an even greater reckoning.

But the damage has been done thanks to “the stupidity of the American voter” in 2008 and 2012.

 

DOJ Finally Turns Over Fast and Furious Documents Held Under Obama’s Executive Privilege

After years of stonewalling, the Justice Department was finally compelled by a judge to turn over thousands of Operation Fast and Furious Documents, yesterday. Obama had illegally asserted executive privilege on the docs in 2012 – 64,280 in all.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered the DOJ to turn them over – which they did in heavily redacted form.

Via Twitchy, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) shared his thoughts on the  “election eve dump” on Twitter:

 

 

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Benghazi Annex Security Team Members Blast Democrat Congressman: “Don’t Call Us Liars” (Video)

Last week, Kris Paronto, Mark Geist, two members of the Benghazi security team who defied stand-down orders and rushed to the sound of guns as the American diplomatic compound was attacked, challenged Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-D) to a debate after he said accused them of being “highly irresponsible” and essentially called them liars telling tall tales to sell a book.

In a press conference, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Rep. Schiff had attempted to shoot down  the claims of the three Benghazi security operators who had appeared on  Fox News earlier this month. They disputed the annex security team’s version of events, specifically their claim about defying a “stand down” order from a CIA officer. Paronto and Geist said “say that to our face” and challenged Schiff to a debate on “Hannity.”

Schiff, who usually jumps at any chance to get in front of the cameras,  declined to appear on the show. So Thursday night, the two faced off with Rep. Smith – and things did get a bit heated.

Paronto said it’s ridiculous to argue about “semantics,” saying the order was given and the men had to wait a half hour before making the decision on their own to rush to the consulate.

“I don’t know how else to explain it. I want to say to Mr. Smith: was he there that night with us? Where was he? Because that’s what happened. We’re telling you what happened on the ground,” said Paronto.

Smith attempted to weasel out of it by claiming that he was referring to U.S. personnel in Tripoli having not receiving a “stand down” order, at the presser – not the men at the annex in Benghazi.

What he had said at the press conference with Schiff, was, “myths continue to be brought up. One of the big ones is the whole issue of a “stand down order” which was never given.”  But what other “myths” (aka narratives that don’t benefit Democrats) had been brought up in the past month other than the allegations of the three men from the Annex security team?

The two special operators weren’t buying it and called BS.. Smith was standing right next to Schiff when he had defamed them.

Paronto told Smith he should have stood up and disputed Schiff if he disagreed with what his colleague was saying.

“The book is correct. Everything in the book is right. Don’t call us liars and if you’re going to, come to the studio with us, apologize for it,” said Paronto.

Smith’s mission Thursday night was to protect the White House and the State Department by denying that any stand down orders came from Washington DC. “That was investigated and clearly proven not to be the case,” he said.

Buh-Bye: Most Corrupt Attorney General In American History Stepping Down

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I was just getting used to referring him as “Eric (Why Is This Man Still Our Attorney General) Holder” and now this happens. But it’s no surprise. He ‘s been talking about resigning for awhile.
The race is now on for Obama to nominate a replacement and have him or her (probably her) confirmed before the Republican Senate convenes in January.
That of course is the reason for the timing of this announcement. The Regime is admitting that the Republicans are going to win the majority in the Senate in the midterm elections. And The Firewall must be upheld.
Obama must nominate someone as nauseatingly corrupt as Holder is to take his place – someone who will keep the heat off of the criminal activities of the Regime.
I think it will be the corrupt CA Attorney General Kamala Harris – which is very bad news that I will write about when I have more time.
I wrote about Holder’s corrupt, scandal-ridden tenure as the nation’s top law enforcement official at the Conversation:

Holder, who should have resigned in disgrace after the Fast and Furious scandal erupted in the Spring of 2011, soldiered on even after he was held in contempt by congress in the summer of 2012.

His tenure as the nation’s top law enforcement officer will be remembered as one marked by scandal, corruption, hyper-politicization, opposition to 2nd Amendment rights, hostility toward conservatives, and an abysmal batting average in the courts.

Under Holder, the DOJ began treating terrorists as criminal defendants rather than enemy combatants, and purged references to “radical Islam” in FBI training materials.

His first scandal erupted when the DOJ dropped the New Black Panther voter intimidation case in May of 2009, (described by Bartle Bull, a former civil rights lawyer and publisher of the left-wing Village Voice, as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation I’ve ever seen.”)

Under Holder, the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ became hyper-politicized sewer that engaged in politicized hiring practices in the career civil service ranks.

In June 2008, Holder admitted to the American Constitution Society (an organization started as a liberal counterweight to the Federalist Society) that the Justice Department was “going to be looking for people who share our values.”

There’s more at the link.

AG Eric Holder To Step Down After 6 Years Heading Justice Department Outnumbered:

Goldberg: President Obama losing his ‘hatchet man’:

I’ll let Curly Bill sum up my feelings about Holder’s departure:

UPDATE:

Truth Revolt: Al Sharpton ‘Engaged’ With White House In Finding Holder Replacement:

Krauthammer’s Take: Left Will Regret Holder’s Politicization of AG’s Office

“He was a political Attorney General and that’s not the way it’s supposed to be.”

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Benghazi Annex Security Team Members Challenge Democrat Adam Schiff To A Debate (Video)

I’ve been meaning to get to this. It’s important.
Two members of the Benghazi Annex Security team who disobeyed stand down orders to rush to the sound of guns on 9/11/2012, joined Sean Hannity on Fox, Wednesday night, to talk about their new book,  “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi.”
Mark Geist and Kris Paronto were asked by Hannity to respond to Democrat members of Congress who have essentially accused them of lying, asserting that the stand-down order was never given. This issue may be key to what exactly was going on that night and why they were there in the first place.. There is something very fishy about the Democrats’ refusal to admit the truth.
Congressmen Smith and  Schiff have both heard  closed door testimony in which the security team members made the same assertions about the stand down order, and yet in front of the cameras, they call it a Fox News conspiracy theory. Geist and Paronto would like for them to say that to their faces.
From the Hannity show rush transcript:
 GEIST: They’re trying to play on words — no official stand-down…
KRIS “TANTO” PARONTO, BENGHAZI ANNEX SECURITY TEAM: No improper…
GEIST: … no improper stand-down…
PARONTO: It happened.
GEIST: I mean…
PARONTO: We were delayed. The stand-down — the words “stand down” were given and we were delayed (INAUDIBLE)
HANNITY: The words — the actual words “stand down” were given.
PARONTO: Yes. And John Tiegen Tigg (ph) has said that on multiple occasions…
HANNITY: The person that gave them.
PARONTO: Yes…
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PARONTO: He was the one that received it. I received the two waits…
HANNITY: You wouldn’t — you wouldn’t possibly know where the — where it started from.
PARONTO: No. We know from our immediate chain of command, which was — which we say in the book is Bob.
HANNITY: Would he make that decision on his own, when he knows — you guys were listening to the communications at the consulate, right?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We were — yes. The distress calls, definitely.  Oh, yes.
HANNITY: And what finally pushed you over the top to disobey orders – - you disobeyed orders.
PARONTO: Yes, we did.
HANNITY: What finally pushed you to that point was you heard over the communications, If you don’t get here, we’re going to die. True?
(CROSSTALK)
PARONTO: … say that multiple — multiple times, yes, we did.
GEIST: Yes.
HANNITY: And you believe that people did die in the — in the 30 minutes, the interim…
(CROSSTALK)
PARONTO: And keep in mind, 30 minutes that we stood down, and it took us another 30 minutes to go on foot just to get there because their defenses were — they basically were able to reinforce their defenses. So it cost us 30 minutes just for the stand-down, but we don’t know how much longer it really cost us because we couldn’t drive all the way. We actually had to disembark and go the rest of the way on foot.
HANNITY: You know, there’s a lot of things — my kids, if they get in trouble, like every kid, you know, I’m fine with it. I can live with mistakes. All kids are going to make them. But when they lie to me, they’re in big trouble.
Now, my question is, they are — you’re telling us that these politicians that weren’t there, and you were there…
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.
HANNITY: … and you left your safe annex at the time and you went into the firefight at the time and you brought back 25 people, which makes, in my mind, you guys are heroes that night. And they’re calling you liars.  So I want to know, you know, what would you like — what do you want to do about that? I would be pretty pissed.
GEIST: I’d like to invite Mr. Schiff to a debate.
PARONTO: We could talk — and we can talk to him about it.
GEIST: We can talk about it.
PARONTO: We can discuss it.
GEIST: He wants to see and say that to my face, we can talk about it and talk about everything.
PARONTO: It’s difficult for me because you’re calling a Ranger, a SEAL and three Marine liars.
HANNITY: Two of the SEALs died.
PARONTO: Well, then you’ve got all — yes, and two of the SEALs did, and you also still have the one Jack (ph), the living SEAL. He’s still alive. We all — we all went, we all testified at one point, some point during the hipsy(ph), said the same thing we’re telling you now.
HANNITY: I’ll tell you what I’m going to do. I am willing to invite all of these Democrats…
PARONTO: Fine.
HANNITY: … that accused you two of lying on this program, and see – - I would be surprised if they’ll say it to your face. Let’s see if they have the guts to come on the program, gentlemen. You’ve accused American heroes of lying. Congressman Smith, Congressman Schiff, they’re invited on the program. We’re going to make calls first thing tomorrow and see if we get statements from their offices.
Have you been called — I’m watching the hearings today, and I’m thinking — all right, I read your book. Your account is so different.  You talk about stand-down orders they deny. You said there was no YouTube video connection. You said that there was no spontaneous demonstration, that this was a planned terror attack, right?
GEIST: That’s what it looked like, yes.
HANNITY: OK. And — but that’s — we heard a totally different story! Were the American people lied to, in your opinion?
PARONTO: If their — if it differs from what we said in the book and that same time, same account, I would say, yes, they have been.
HANNITY: Well, you heard almost from the beginning YouTube video, spontaneous demonstration. I don’t know many spontaneous demonstrations where you have RPGs in your pocket, do you?
GEIST: I would agree…
(CROSSTALK)
PARONTO: I haven’t seen any. I haven’t been in any, and I’ve been through a lot of demonstrations and a lot of…
GEIST: You don’t see them bring those things.
PARONTO: … a lot of protests. No, doesn’t happen.
GEIST: You know, I it to the readers and there listeners out there and the television viewers, just read the book. And you know, you’ll make your decision based on the information you have and what we say in the book because we were there, like you said.
PARONTO: And keep in mind, we quit our jobs. We resigned from working government work and contracts to do this. So it wasn’t that we wanted to sell books or we wanted — it got to us so badly that we actually got together as a team and said, Hey, you know what? This story’s getting spun way out of control. It’s either us standing up and telling the truth, or it’s just going to continue down that (INAUDIBLE)
HANNITY: So when you heard about the YouTube video, when you heard there was no stand-down order, when you heard a spontaneous demonstration and you were both there and you say this didn’t happen and you hear from the president, you hear from Susan Rice, you hear from Hillary Clinton, you hear from, I think Leon Panetta — they all said it. And you — so are you guys watching this on TV? And what are you thinking?
GEIST: I was laying in a bed, a hospital bed…
(CROSSTALK)
GEIST: … surgery in Germany. And there was a consul general from State Department and his wife right there. They could have asked, or — and any question they would have wanted about what happened there and gotten the truth from on the ground.
HANNITY: Why have you never been called to testify?
PARONTO: No, we have. We have gone in front of the House Intel subcommittee.
HANNITY: OK.
PARONTO: And we did tell them…
HANNITY: Behind closed doors?
PARONTO: Behind closed doors. Why our testimony wasn’t part of their findings, or maybe it was and they just decided not to listen to it, I don’t know. But we said the same thing to them as we’re telling you now on TV, as we wrote in the book. It has not changed.
HANNITY: All right, so what we’re going to do — I’m going to follow up with these congressmen, and we’re going to — hopefully, we’ll put you all in the same room…
PARONTO: OK.
HANNITY: … and we’ll hash this out because if they lied about men that were heroes that night, the country needs to know that. And if they want to call you a liar, I think they ought to do it to your face. They ought to have the character to do it to your face.
PARONTO: I would say so.
GEIST: I would — I agree with that 100 percent. Looking forward to it.
PARONTO: We’re OK with that, too. I’m OK with that.
HANNITY: All right. And what you did that night was amazing. You were there when Ty Woods died, too.
PARONTO: Yes.
GEIST: Yes, he was right beside me.
HANNITY: Right beside you. He died right in front of you.
GEIST: Yes.
PARONTO: Yes.
At some point the Select Committee on Benghazi is going to address this  little discrepancy. Democrats are still determined to shoot down Fox News’ two year old “Stand Down Order” scoop as a “conspiracy theory.” Dems in Congress know that if they just keep denying it happened even though the guys who were there on the ground on 9/11 say it did happen, the MSM will carry their water. There are probably conversations about this on left-wing “journo-lists” as we speak. Just keep denying. Call it a “conspiracy theory” propagated by ideologues trying to sell a book.
What are they trying to hide?
Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Eric (Why is this man still Atty. General?) Holder Still Refusing To Hand Over Fast And Furious Docs

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For some inexplicable reason, Eric (Why is this man still Atty General?) Holder doesn’t want to hand over a detailed list of the thousands of documents being withheld from Congress under Obama’s Executive Privilege claim.

A federal Judge ordered the DOJ to produce the “Vaughn list” back in July in response to a Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit.  A month later, a federal judge ordered the DOJ to turn over “a privilege log of withheld documents to the House Oversight Committee.” Both requests are supposed to be completed by October 1, but get this – Eric (why is this man still Atty Gen?) Holder is stonewalling da court.

You would almost think he has something to hide.

Via POLITICO

Attorney General Eric Holder is again asking a federal court to delay the transfer of disputed documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious to a House committee.

In a new court filing Monday night, Justice Department lawyers asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson not to require Holder to turn over any of the roughly 64,000 pages of documents to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee until after her rulings can be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

“The Department respectfully submits that it would be preferable for the parties, this Court, and the D.C. Circuit — if an appeal were taken — to have any injunctive order await the conclusion of the district court litigation to allow for orderly and complete appellate proceedings,” DOJ lawyers wrote.

Jackson has previously denied DOJ permission to file an immediate appeal, although lawyers for Holder indicated in the new filing (posted here) that they may do so anyway. Any appeal is likely to take months and perhaps more than a year to resolve. If that process does not begin until Jackson rules definitively on the the executive privilege claim President Barack Obama has made for many of the documents, the timeline for the case being resolved could begin to approach the end of the Obama administration.

Townhall’s Katie Pavlich says, “how convenient that the appeals process will bump right up against the end of Obama’s, and therefore Holder’s, time in office.

This tactic and strategy has been used by Holder since the beginning to run out the clock until a new administration comes into office and dumps the case.

Regardless, Holder is still required to produce a list of documents by October 1, which will give us significant insight into the kind of documents the Department of Justice is trying so desperately to hide.

It would be nice if that now archaic concept – “rule of law” were still in force in this country. But as you may have guessed – as far as the ruling class is concerned, that is quite a thing of the past. Every technique the Obama  regime has used to get away with scandal after scandal will be used by every administration to succeed him – and when the fundamental transformation is complete -  we’re most of the way there –  those administrations will be Social Democrat  because they will have achieved their long sought after permanent majority. I guess congratulations are in order before they take us over the cliff.

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Select Committee on Benghazi Hearing Live Feed

The House Select Committee on Benghazi is holding its first hearing, titled “Implementation of the Accountability Review Board recommendations.” The hearing began at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Providing testimony are Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr, whose position was created after the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and two security experts who served on a State Department independent panel.

Live feed via Rollcall:

Here is Chairman Trey Gowdy’s opening statement:

Gowdy’s final comments:

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