Gruber and Tavenner On The Hot Seat (Updated With Videos)

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Jonathan Gruber and Marilyn Tavenner on Health Care Law Enrollment: 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and MIT economist Jonathan Gruber are testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about enrollment issues with ObamaCare.

Happening now. Watch here or here.

Via Fox News:

One of the architects of ObamaCare is in the hot seat Tuesday as Republicans call him before Congress to explain his controversial statements boasting how the law’s authors took advantage of the “stupidity of the American voter.”

Jonathan Gruber’s appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee also marks one of Rep. Darrell Issa’s last, high-profile shots at the health care law before he hands over his chairmanship next year.

Issa, R-Calif. — who has led the committee through controversial probes of the Benghazi attacks, the IRS scandal and more — will lead the questioning of former health adviser Gruber on Tuesday. Gruber, an MIT economist, recently apologized for saying Americans’ “stupidity” was vital to passing the health law in 2010.

Lawmakers also have obtained videos that show Gruber saying the act was written in a “very tortured way.”

Issa told Reuters the public deserves an explanation from Gruber. “If you can’t trust what he says, and what he says he’ll do, to get votes and trick the American people into voting for something, then can you trust his analytics?” Issa said of Gruber.

Rumor has it Grubs will plead the 5th. We’ll soon see.

UPDATE:

Well, Gruber is testifying and it’s glorious.

Issa, not known for his tact asks: “Are you stupid?”

Via GOP Rapid Response: Jonathan Gruber Repeatedly Refuses To Disclose How Much He Earned From ObamaCare:

Trey Gowdy, after quoting some of Gruber’s more obnoxious statements about deceiving the American public, asked,  “all of these quotes that I just read to you – you didn’t mean a single one of them?”

SEE ALSO:

The Washington Times: Against her wishes, top Obamacare official must be seen with Gruber at oversight hearing:

Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), had asked the House oversight hearing to testify about the health care law’s enrollment figures Tuesday on a panel that did not include non-government witnesses — namely Mr. Gruber, the economist called to explain his caught-on-tape remarks about the “stupidity” of American voters and how Obamacare made it through Congress.

 AoSHQ: Gruber Lawyers Up Regarding How Much Money He Made From Governments Advising on ObamaCare

 

Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!

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It’s time again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we award the famed golden plastic Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

Here are this weeks’ nominees:


Former Secretary of State, Senator And First Lady Hillary “Benghazi Babe’ Clinton!!

 The Independent Sentinel:  Hillary Clinton is my choice for weasel. She wants the American people to show ‘respect’, ‘understanding’, and ’empathy’ for our enemies, meaning ISIS and other terrorists. Talking heads are claiming she didn’t really mean what she said but I have to go with what the woman said. I think she meant exactly what she said.

She is similar to Barack Obama in that we are “better than that” and by role modeling, we can bring others along.

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Commie, 9/11 Troother, ‘Palestine’ Groupie, Green Energy Scamster And Obama Favorite Van Jones!

The Noisy Room :This week I nominate commie and 9/11 Truther, Van Jones for going after Rich Lowry of the National Review and threatening him with a forced kiss, which Van Jones is putting forth as sexual assault. In other words, since Van Jones does not agree with Lowry’s fighting against the feminazis and objecting to Van Jones and company’s weak attempt to substantiate a false statistic about sexual assault on campus, he threatens Lowry on the air with said sexual assault.

Forced kissing ranges from the innocent to the not okay, but to equate it with rape is just ludicrous. These commies and feminists go on about something as simple as a dirty look being sexual assault, instead of addressing this horrid crime for what it really is – a brutal sexual violation and all that it implies. It is political grandstanding all in the context of the Rolling Stone’s faux story on rape that got a frat house destroyed. Rolling Stone did not check any facts and ran with it any way simply to demonize white men. This frat will now always be tainted with this, no matter what the real facts are. Van Jones put forth a lie and a false statistic for a political agenda. He’s a red weasel extraordinaire.

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The Obnoxious, Degenerate Lefties At Rolling Stone Magazine!!
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Bookworm Room: Rolling Stone for committing a heinous act of attempted journalism. When its editorial board allowed to be published an inflammatory article alleging that an entire University of Virginia fraternity was guilty of a violent gang bang rape, and did so despite the fact that the article was unreliable on its face, it committed a gross slander against male college students, not just at UVA, but everywhere.

The only good thing to come out of this whole sordid journalistic blunder is that people are beginning to realize that the so-called “rape epidemic” at American colleges is just as real as the pre-school child molestation cases were in the 1990s, or the Salem Witch Trials were in the 1790s.

The Razor : This week’s weasel is a no-brainer. Rolling Stone magazine, first for publishing Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s hit piece “A Rape on Campus” without vetting anything. Secondly for apologizing for its mistake then having a darkened room full of Rolling Stone lawyers gang-rape the apology the next day, leaving it a shattered mess along with Rolling Stone’s supposed reputation. As a former reader of the rag I gave up when they stopped publishing PJ O’Rourke and Greider started writing like Hunter S. Thompson on Thorazine. Add in the deification of issues of Obama in ‘08 and I’m surprised the thing has a reputation left to lose, but evidently it does in some quarters.

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New York City Mayor Kommissar Bill DeBlasio!!

The Right Planet : Comrade de Blasio effectively threw the entire New York Police Department (NYPD) under the proverbial bus when he blamed “centuries of racism” as a contributing factor in the recent grand jury decision on the Eric Garner case. Never mind the fact race appears to have had no factor in the arrest. Garner’s arrest was even supervised by a black sergeant. We can have a legitimate debate of whether excessive force was used during the arrest, or why we’re arresting people for selling single cigarettes in the first place. But to inject racism into it when none exists is unconscionable. But Comrade de Blasio didn’t stop there; he double-downed in true Marxist-Leninist style, claiming his wife Chirlane McCray had trained their mixed-race son, Dante, about the “dangers” posed by cops. Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said, “What police officers felt […] after that press conference was that they were thrown under the bus.”

Notice, in addition to throwing the police under the bus, Comrade de Blasio is requesting $35 million for “retraining” the NYPD’s 22,000 street cops. I would suspect this involves some sort of “sensitivity training” for officers. This is all ties in to a greater agenda and the Obama Administration’s efforts to socialize and nationalize local police departments, in much the same way Obama has nationalized and socialized healthcare and education. All this falls under the guise of “community-oriented policing“–which I’ve been warning about for years.

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‘Journalist’ And Rape Fantasy Fiction Writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely!!

Virginia Right! : I will have to go with the woman who wrote the false rape story for Rolling Stone magazine.


She did not fact check and in light of the Duke Lacrosse disaster one would think that any story with a similar set of circumstances would be substantiated before being published. Rolling Stone owns a lot of the blame as well.

 Yeccch! Can you smell the stench these weasel creatures emit  or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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Video: Obama’s Mortifying BET Interview

In an interview with BET Networks that aired Monday America’s first “post racial” president said that racism “is deeply rooted in our culture and deeply rooted in our history” and “bad training” and a “fear of folks who look different” has led to the problems between law enforcement and minority communities.

There’s so much to despise in this interview. First the threat: “We’re going to have more conversations like this over the coming months…”

Please. Really – just no. Stop talking. If you’re not going to address the social problems, gangs and criminality plaguing urban black communities, droning on incessantly about “disparate impact” and “white privilege” and whatnot is just fingernails on a chalkboard. Cease and desist. People have had it with the BS. What these malcontents (white and black) rioting in the streets need, is some tough talk from the nation’s first black president, but that doesn’t suit his agenda – so instead we get this nauseating pablum.

But it gets worse. Much worse.

The nation’s first black president then ventured to suggest “that we have made progress,” brightly adding that “we can’t compare what’s happening now to 50 years ago.” (I’m searching for a sarcastic retort that’s cleverer than “no shit Sherlock”, or “thank-you Captain Obvious”, but I’m coming up empty. Really though. Why are we forced to listen to this jag-off discuss completely obvious things  like they’re deep thoughts? Thanks Obama for explaining that it’s better now than when there was forced segregation. Um – duh? )

He went on to explain, (because we’re having a “teaching moment” here,  you see) that “if you talk to your parents, grandparents, uncles – they’ll tell you that – uh – things are better. Not good – in some cases – but better.”

Not good? The irony of a black president lecturing the citizens of the United States (who voted to put him in office twice), that they need more racial progress – was apparently lost on him.

Then Obama talked about the conversations he’s had with the Ferguson rabble-rousers who he actually invited to the White House. The folks on the ground at these nationwide protests are far left radicals and communists – AKA – fellow travelers. He let slip the radical left’s view of incrementalism as their longstanding M/O in meeting their objectives.

“Typically, progress is in steps,” he said. “It’s in increments.”

He may as well just open up Rules For Radicals to page one and start reciting every time he gets in front of a camera at this point. We should be done with the book by New Years Day.

We haven’t even reached the low point of the interview. Here’s the low point:

“When you’re dealing with something as deeply rooted as racism or bias in any society, you have to have vigilance, and you have to recognize that it’s going to take some time and you just have to be steady so that we don’t give up when we don’t get all the way there.”

Disgusting, insufferable demagoguery. Race wan’t a factor in Ferguson, or in NYC. – and Obama knows it. 

He willfully exacerbates the resentments of a  perpetual black victim class. There will never be enough that white America can do to undo the wrongs of the past. Move on, already. Like untold millions of people have throughout the annals of history. American blacks aren’t the only people in the world who have suffered from man’s inhumanity toward man. The whole history of mankind is fraught with periods of atrocious inhumanity.  White slavery, black slavery, sexual slaves, indentured servitude, mass rapes and murders of conquered peoples. Genocide.  Cultures that hold on to resentments are plagued with conflicts. Old wounds do not heal when people are constantly picking at the scabs – they fester.

But that’s why the left continues their perpetual racial narrative. When a black person fails, the racial agitators can blame it on the deep rooted racism of the white power culture. Democrats fan these flames for votes. Obama has big government “solutions” – none of which will address the real problems – and will in fact exacerbate the problems.

Via the NYDNObama also uncorked this nonsense.

In an attempt to sound fair and reasonable, he said, “the vast majority of law enforcement officers are doing a really tough job, and most of them are doing it well and are trying to do the right thing.” Then this: “but a combination of bad training, in some cases, a combination in some cases of departments that really are not trying to root out biases, or tolerate sloppy police work; a combination in some cases of folks just not knowing any better, and in a lot of cases, subconscious fear of folks who look different — all of this contributes to a national problem that’s going to require a national solution.” Ugh.

People who “look different?” huh?  Gee, do they have “funny names,” too?