If you aren’t watching FOX News, you probably still don’t know who Jonathan Gruber (known as Mr. Mandate) is, but he knows a lot about you. He knows you are stupid, too stupid to know the Obama Administration was lying to you about the ‘Affordable’ Care Act. He knows there’s no point in explaining the economics of the Massachusetts health care law to you because you wouldn’t understand. He also knows that if the administration told you up front what was ‘in’ the healthcare law, you wouldn’t want it and even the Democrat majority wouldn’t have passed it. The conclusion is that since Jonathan and the Obama administration knew what you needed, lying to you to get it was acceptable. Where does all this hubris come from? President Obama thinks he can unilaterally ignore laws he doesn’t like, change them, rule by fiat, in spite of the fact that he has been overruled by the Supreme Court at least 13 times in unanimous decisions. The problem with that is until those cases weave their way through the courts and get to the Supreme Court, he gets what he wants.
President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have presided over the largest expansion of the power of the federal government in modern history, an intrusion so large that it endangers the Constitution, the liberty and the freedom Americans have enjoyed. The legitimacy doesn’t seem to matter too much.
Nancy Pelosi doesn’t seem to remember who Jonathan Gruber is, even though she was touting his studies and seemed to know who he was when the ACA was fighting for passage in Congress. Apparently they all think we’re stupid. If you are going to lie to the American people, the take away here is don’t do it when there is video tape that can be verified in less than five minutes, that shows you are lying.
Part of the education of the voters was exhibited November 4th, 2014. Those folks who went to Town Hall Meetings and TEA Party Rallies have been proven by time to have been correct. So does that mean that our ‘leaders’ have heard the voters and will make a course correction? It doesn’t look promising.
In this fourth video, Gruber’s language is not as in-your-face as in three previous instances, but his suggestion that Obamacare proponents engaged in less-than-honest salesmanship remains. “Barack Obama’s not a stupid man, okay?” Gruber said in his remarks at the College of the Holy Cross on March 11, 2010. “He knew when he was running for president that quite frankly the American public doesn’t actually care that much about the uninsured….What the American public cares about is costs. And that’s why even though the bill that they made is 90% health insurance coverage and 10% about cost control, all you ever hear people talk about is cost control. How it’s going to lower the cost of health care, that’s all they talk about. Why? Because that’s what people want to hear about because a majority of American care about health care costs.“
In the week following the shellacking of his party in the midterm elections, one might think that President Barack Obama would be conciliatory and humble. Instead, he has continued to be audacious — but with arrogance rather than hope.
The day after the elections, during a White House news conference, Obama said this in response to a reporter’s questions about the possibility of changing focus based on the mid-term election results: “The key is to find areas where the agenda that I’ve put forward, one that I believe will help strengthen the middle class and create more ladders of opportunity into the middle class, improve our schools, make college more affordable to more young people, make sure that we’re growing faster as an economy and we stay competitive — the key is to make sure that those ideas that I have overlap somewhere with some of the ideas the Republicans have.”
Based on this answer, from Obama’s perspective — it’s about taking his agenda as it currently is and looking for overlap with Republicans who will be in charge of the legislative branch of our government.
He did not mention the need to rethink his agenda, even though his policies were resoundingly rejected at the polls. His response — the audacity of arrogance. While the American people might have voiced their objections to his policies at the polls, he is going to continue with the agenda he has already put forward, because, of course, he knows better.
According to a poll released by Gallup earlier this week, “the majority of Americans want the Republicans in Congress — rather than President Barack Obama — to have more influence over the direction the country takes in the coming year…. Republicans’ 17-percentage-point edge over Obama on this measure exceeds what they earned after the 2010 midterm, when Americans favored Republicans by an eight-point margin (49 percent to 41 percent). It also eclipses the nine-point advantage Republicans had over Bill Clinton following the 1994 midterm in which Republicans captured the majority of both houses.”
(Telephone interviews conducted Nov. 6-9, 2014, the margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.)
Obama and his advisors would do well to understand that the American people have made their views clear in the recent election, and that they are not happy with the current direction. But if you believe you are smarter and better than the average voter, why pay attention to elections?
Unfortunately, more evidence emerged this week underscoring the Obama administration’s audacity of arrogance. Two recently surfaced videos of MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, who helped architect Obama’s key health care legislation, provide a peek at who controlled the legislation. He noted that a change in presentation worked for passing the legislation because “the American people are too stupid to understand the difference.”
Plain people too stupid to understand.
Welcome to the audacity of Obama. It’s not his audacity to hope that is off-putting; it’s his belief, and those of many others who support him, that they are smarter than the rest of the nation (i.e., me and you). If you understand that this is his point of view, then his actions and his unswerving belief that government is the best answer to any question or problem begins to make sense.
Bernie Goldberg said: If being an arrogant, liberal, elitist, twit were a crime, Jonathan Gruber would be in prison tonight.
He could have included President Obama, Attorney General Holder and Josh Earnest, who today blamed Republicans for a ‘lack of transparency’.