Gowdy Zings Gruber: “If You Want to See How Stupid Our Fellow Citizens Are, Take a Look at Last Tuesday Night”

Conservative fave  Rep. Trey Gowdy surfaced on the Kelly File Tuesday night to offer his thoughts on Grubby Gruber’s bombshell ObamaCare tape where he admitted  Democrats used subterfuge to fool the “stupid American voter” and pass ObamaCare. Gowdy was in rare form, uncorking one zinger after another with blinding speed.

The South Carolina Republican began by telling Megyn Kelly that he couldn’t “even get past the irony to get to the arrogance” of the “most transparent administration since the continents shifted [having] to rely on artifice and deception to pass its signature piece of legislation.”

“You can’t make that up,” Gowdy said. “He had to lie to people, and then he justified it, so I can’t even get past the irony of that to even get to the arrogance of him calling our fellow citizens stupid.”

Kelly described the video as a “smoking gun and made the point that the American public has always disliked the law and complained that it was crammed down their throat, that there was dishonesty in the process, they were not told the full story – and now you’ve got the chief architect … of the law, saying, ‘yes, we had to lie because you are too dumb to know what’s good for you.”

Gowdy agreed, saying, “it’s really serious in a participatory democracy when you tell your fellow citizens that you’re either not smart enough to understand the truth or we can’t tell you the truth because you wouldn’t go along with it. Well, if you wouldn’t go along with it, maybe you shouldn’t pass the law.”

“Put down the cognac and the lost writings of J.D. Salinger,” he said. “If you want to see how stupid our fellow citizens are, take a look at last Tuesday night, because they rejected you, this bill and this administration.”

“They bounced out 28 Senators who voted for this law,” Kelly noted as she launched into an impassioned soliloquy; “Mr Gruber thinks the American public is stupid and yet they are smarter than he thinks because they doubted his assertions at the time, and they’ve doubted his assertions ever since so despite his efforts to pull the wool over their eyes, they have been on to these deceptions for a long, long time. This law has never had the majority support of the American people. And yet it is on the books – they are stuck with it. And now people want to come out and say it doesn’t matter what Mr. Gruber said, all that matters is we have this wonderful law that people should love and if they don’t, it’s because they’re stupid.”

“Keep this in mind anytime anyone wants to sell you any, quote ‘Comprehensive’ piece of legislation.” Gowdy advised.  “Comprehensive is Latin for ‘there’s lots of bad stuff in here.’”

Asked if the president should repudiate Gruber’s remarks, Gowdy said he would love for Obama, “whom I saw in his purple jacket over in China,” to repudiate Gruber’s words and actions.

“He insulted the very people who frankly put this man in office, twice,” Gowdy exclaimed.

 

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Jonathan Gruber and His Defenders Think Their Audience Is Stupid

“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.” Jonathan “Grubby” Gruber, University of Pennsylvania in October, 2013.

As the media circles the wagons around Jonathan Gruber, Obama and ObamaCare, it’s really important to remember one key thing. They – like the people they’re trying to protect – think their audience is stupid. Media Matters, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, think that their readers’ confirmation bias makes them easy to fool, aka- stupid.

That line in the WaPo article has since disappeared – and has been replaced with:

Gruber’s comments were part of a broader public conversation between him and economist Mark Pauly on the economics of health care reform. Gruber was responding to a remark by Pauly about financing transparency in the law and the politics surrounding the ACA’s individual mandate. The political process, he said, striking a critical tone, resulted in inefficiencies in the law which should be corrected.

“In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which explicitly said that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed,” he said. “You can’t do it politically, you just literally cannot do it. It’s not only transparent financing but also transparent spending.”

 Gruber went to the Regime’s propaganda arm MSNBC to explain his comments  and apologize for the confusion on Tuesday afternoon during an on-air interview with Ronan Farrow.

“The comments in the video were made at an academic conference,” Gruber said. “I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.”

Although Gruber apologized for the language he used, Gruber said that the larger point he was trying to make centered on the political pressures that shaped the law. He added that those pressures “led to an incomplete law with some typos.”

The typos would later lead to “speak-os” as evidenced in the American Commitment video Gruber vs Gruber. (Watch with the words, “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”…in mind.)

Note, that Gruber had chosen again to appear on the Regime’s propaganda arm to peddle this howler: “It is unambiguous this is a typo. Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it’s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states.”

What Gruber said in January of 2012 was specific, detailed and in direct conflict with his later typo and speak-o claims.

And what he says is exactly what challengers to the administration’s implementation of the law have been arguing—that if a state chooses not to establish its own exchange, then residents of those states will not be able to access Obamacare’s health insurance tax credits. He says this in response to a question asking whether the federal government will step in if a state chooses not to build its own exchange. Gruber describes the possibility that states won’t enact their own exchanges as one of the potential “threats” to the law. He says this with confidence and certainty, and at no other point in the presentation does he contradict the statement in question.

Remember what I said yesterday, about the low opinion elites like Gruber have of the “American people” – not us, of course. Not conservatives because we were never fooled – but the lofos and liberals like those in the dwindling MSNBC audience . The guy peddles his BS where the Obama dead-enders congregate. They will apparently believe anything.

Linked by Liberty’s Torch in The Anti-Transparent Administration, thanks Francis!

 

Marc Thiessen: Gruber tape is “Biggest Self Indictment this Administration Has Ever Had” (Video)

Marc Thiessen, former speechwriter for George W. Bush, was on “The Kelly File” to discuss the newly released bombshell video where ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber smugly revealed that a “lack of transparency” was necessary to fool the stupid American people in order to get the unpopular law passed.

Via Fox News Insider:

“If it takes lying to us to get what they want done, they’re willing to do it,” Thiessen said.

Thiessen described Gruber as so condescending that “he actually wrote a comic book to explain ObamaCare because of course we’re not smart enough to read chapter books.” Thiessen noted that the book describes the individual mandate as “the spinach we have to eat in order to get the dessert that is fairly priced health insurance. “

“This is the liberal view of America, Thiessen elaborated.  “That we are all to stupid to know what’s good for us – that we need experts like Jonathan Gruber to feed us our spinach and if they have to hide it from us – if they have to lie about it – hide it in our food, that’s okay as long as they get what they want.”

Megyn Kelly noted that she invited Gruber back on the show to defend himself tonight, but  he wasn’t interested in coming on.

“You know what? We’re no longer interested in you, Mr. Gruber, and 28 Democrats who voted for that health care law just got fired by the American people because eventually they realized they had been lied to,” Kelly said.  “One by one, the misrepresentations have come out and the American people have had their say.”

Thiessen concluded that the Gruber tape represented “the biggest self-indictment this administration has ever had.”

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.

 

State Dept. Memo Shows Obama Admin. Considering Plan To Transfer Ebola Patients to US (Video)

FOX News obtained a State Department memo that confirms what Judicial Watch originally reported on October 17 – that the Obama administration is considering a plan to transfer infected Ebola patients to the US. for treatment.

It’s not clear who would bear the  costs of transporting and treating the non-citizen Ebola patients but Judicial Watch reported that “the plans include special waivers of laws and regulations that ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease as dangerous as Ebola.”

Apparently, none of this is any of the American people’s business because when White House Spokesperson Josh Earnest was asked about the memo, he would not confirm nor deny the document exists. While the Obama administration publicly denies claims that they are exploring plans to bring non-U.S. citizens infected with Ebola to the United States for treatment, apparently they’re telling Congress something entirely different.

According to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, members of the media and his office “have received confidential communications saying that those plans are being developed.”

Initially, the potentially illegal plans were being kept secret from Congress, but Goodlatte sent a letter of inquiry to the White House, last week.

Via Gateway Pundit,  FOX News reported

“Members of the media, my office have received confidential communications saying that those plans are being developed,” Goodlatte said Monday night.

“This is simply a matter of common sense that if you are concerned about this problem spreading — and this is a deadly disease that we’re even concerned about the great health care workers when they come back not spreading it — we certainly shouldn’t be bringing in the patients.”

But a State Department official said Tuesday that they’re only talking about letting other countries use U.S. planes to transport Ebola patients to their own home countries.

Sheriff Babeu: Administration Knowingly Lied About Release of Criminal Detainees – “It Went All The Way up to the WH”

The MSM is finally waking up to a story that should have caused a firestorm when it hit the news over 18 months ago.

Records have come to light that prove the Obama administration was lying when it repeatedly told the public and Congress that the thousands of illegal immigrants who were released from jail had minor criminal records and were no threat to the public.

Starting in February of 2013 – if the MSM was interested – there were ICE and Border Patrol whistleblowers who were saying that serious criminals were being released.

While the controversy was raging, Sheriff Babeu of Pinal County, AZ  told Jed Babbin of The American Spectator that he was receiving frantic calls from ICE and Border Patrol agents. Babeu said, “Good people who work for ICE, work for Border Patrol, they call me all the time.…They said, ‘Sheriff, help us. We’re releasing all these criminals. This order just came down from Washington and now they’re all out in the streets.”

Sheriff Babeu told Jeanine Pirro in terrifying detail  how bad some of the guys who were released were:

 Pinal County Sheriff, Paul Babeu noted that among those released were criminals who had been “convicted not just charged – convicted for weapons violations, drug smuggling, (these are cartel members, these are narcotic traffickers!), drug dealers, these are people who have been in fights,  and aggravated assaults against police officers…. How in the world can you say these are low risk, non criminal detainees?!  These are the worst of the worst. These are people who have been convicted of child molestation! We have people who have been released, I’ve been told by ICE agents, who have been  charged with man-slaughter.”

Where are the whistleblowers?   Babeu told Jeanine Pirro that “several memos had been sent out to ICE agents about the prisoner releases, and anyone who talked about it “outside our agency shall be disciplined up to and including termination, creating an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.”  He said, “these federal agents, who swore an oath to protect our country, are being intimidated from doing the right thing.”

But  Jay Carney and ICE Chief  John Morton insisted the released detainees were “low risk” and “non-criminal”  - and the MSM apparently took their word for it, because that outrageous scandal – like so many of the Regime’s other outrageous scandals – simply disappeared from the news.

So now, all these months later, the truth comes out.

The records, obtained by USA TODAY, show immigration officials released some undocumented immigrants who had faced far more serious criminal charges, including people charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, drug trafficking and homicide.

You don’t say! You mean members of the Obama administration were *GASP* not being open and honest with the American people – on an issue that directly effects their safety and security?! 

The release sparked a furor in Congress. Republican lawmakers accused the Obama administration of setting dangerous criminals free. In response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it had released “low-risk offenders who do not have serious criminal records,” a claim the administration repeated to the public and to members of Congress.

The new records, including spreadsheets and hundreds of pages of e-mails, offer the most detailed information yet about the people ICE freed as it prepared for steep, across-the-government spending cuts in February 2013. They show that although two-thirds of the people who were freed had no criminal records, several had been arrested or convicted on charges more severe than the administration had disclosed.

ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen acknowledged the discrepancy. She said “discretionary releases made by ICE were of low-level offenders. However, the releases involving individuals with more significant criminal histories were, by and large, dictated by special circumstances outside of the agency’s control.”

In hearings last year, Republican lawmakers pressed then-ICE Director John Morton for specifics on the criminal records of the people the agency had freed. At one, Rep. J. Randy Forbes, R-Va., asked Morton directly, “No one on that list has been charged or convicted with murder, rape or sexual abuse of a minor, were they?”

Morton answered, “They were not.”

He told lawmakers that, to his knowledge, none had faced child pornography charges.

White House spokesman Jay Carney similarly described them as “low-risk, non-criminal detainees.”

Of course, Jay Carney, Janet Napolitano and John Morton are all no longer with the Obama administration having moved on to find other ways to mislead the public.

Neil Cavuto had Sheriff Babeu on his Fox show to talk about the “new” revelations.

He said they had released hundreds criminals right into his county in Arizona and  “five courageous whistleblowers within ICE”  had contacted him about what was going on. When he went to the media, (only conservative media ran with it) he was accused of lying.

“It went all the way up to the White House and they knowingly lied,” Babeu charged. “It wasn’t me – it was them and there was 2,228  released in California, Arizona, Texas and Georgia. The most troubling part of this story, now that it’s been exposed is that this administration knowing lied, releasing… two in my county that were charged with manslaughter, people who were charged, convicted of  child molestation, aggravated assault against police officers, armed robbery…”

He added, “the worst part is we still don’t know their names and where they were released to this very moment…”

Anticipating Obama’s promised executive action on amnesty, Babeu said he’s calling on Congress to “please take action to stop the president from taking action with unilateral powers he doesn’t have.”

Cavuto wondered why it would be the Obama administration’s interest to release these criminals into the populous.

Babeu reminded him that it started during the Sequestration when the Regime was trying to pressure Congress by “turning up the volume of the pain.”

In March of 2013, an irate Rep. Trey Gowdy pressed then ICE Director Morton on the release of criminal detainees.

“It does look like the decision to release the detainees was a political determination and not a monetary determination,” Gowdy said. “It appears to me that the release of the detainees was part of a sequester campaign that included the fictional firing of teachers, the closing of the White House for student tours, the displacement of meat inspectors and now we are going to release aggravated felons—some aggravated felons onto the street.”

Previously:

RUSH on Illegal Immigrant Prison Release: Obama Employing Tactics Used By Ceaușescu, Saddam Hussein, and Fidel Castro (Audio)

House Investigators Obtain ICE Document Showing Regime Plans To Release 5,000 Illegal Immigrant Detainees

Same DHS That Used Sequester Cuts to Justify Release of Thousands of Illegal Immigrant Prisoners, Recently Purchased 2,700 Light-Armored Vehicles

KS Sec. of State, Kris Kobach: DHS Release of Illegal Immigrants “a Brazen Abuse of Power”, “Impeachment Stuff” (Audio)

Video: Jeanine Pirro Rips Obama Regime For Letting Dangerous Illegal Immigrant Criminals Walk – “I Call It The Obama Amnesty Program”

Sen. John Cornyn Blasts Napolitano: Release of Illegals Represents “Violation of Dept’s Basic Core Missions”

Backlash: Obama Regime’s Decision to Release Illegal Immigrant Prisoners Infuriates Republican Lawmakers

Rep Lamar Smith on Mass Release of Criminal Aliens: “Obama Admin. Should Take Responsibility for Any Additional Crimes Committed”

Sick: DHS Released 68,000 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions in 2013

Undercover O’Keefe Video Reveals Alison Lundergan Grimes’ Support For Coal To Be A “A Lying Game”

Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has made her opposition to the president’s coal and environmental policies central to her campaign – but she was caught deceiving the public on the issue earlier this summer when she was invited to a high dollar private fundraiser with anti-coal zealot Harry Reid. After promising Kentucky voters she would use the event as a forum to promote Kentucky’s coal industry, it was reported that she did nothing of the sort and headlines blared, “Alison Lundergan Grimes mum on coal at private fundraiser.”

In a new undercover video by  Project Veritas Action’s founder James O’Keefe, multiple Grimes campaign offices were investigated to determine if her opposition to the core principles of her own political party is genuine or an intentional deception. What O’Keefe’s investigator found in one campaign office after another – was that they all assumed Grimes was lying about her support for the coal industry because in Kentucky – you can’t get elected otherwise.

As one Democrat operative bluntly put it, “She has to say that because in Kentucky if you don’t support the coal industry, you’re dead, politically. Politics is a game – You do what you’ve got to do to get to point B…it’s a lying game unfortunately.”

“Once again Alison Lundergan Grimes has been caught being dishonest about coal,” said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. “The scathing video is simply the latest reminder to Kentuckians that Grimes cannot be trusted to fight for coal, and in fact would work against the coal industry and Kentucky in the Senate.”

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