About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gruber's Honesty Reveals The Truth About The Uninformed American Voter

Gruber is politically incorrect for making his remarks regarding voter stupidity & I am politically incorrect for saying he is right.
MIT Professor Jon Gruber has turned into the unwelcome leprous outcast of the Democrat party simply by saying what, by all known evidence, is true regarding "the stupidity of the American voter."  After Gruber received almost $6 million in consulting fees, mostly from the federal government (HHS, NIH, DOJ, & DOS), BO referred to Gruber as "some adviser who never worked on our staff" & Pelosi claims to not even know who Gruber is.  The White House records show Gruber had over a dozen scheduled appointments during the development of ObamaCare – including with people like the deputy assistant to the president for health policy & the director of OMB.  Their positions now show exactly how stupid BO & Pelosi think we are by just simply denying knowing Gruber with all this money paid to him & all of his White House appointments.
Now for those who never realized that the Democrat party has called into question or otherwise doubted or had suspicions about their constituents' intellect the past six years (really longer) or that the Republican party & FNC anchors like Jeanine Pirro, Martha MacCallum, & Greta Van Susteren had defended this same intellect for about the past six nights please consider the following Gruber quotes:
"Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.  And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing (ObamaCare) to pass."
"Over time it's gonna apply to more & more health insurance plans [referring to the excise tax on high end (Cadillac) healthcare insurance plans]."  The "tax that starts out hitting only 8% of the insurance plans essentially amounts over the next 20 years (to) essentially getting rid of the (income tax) exclusion for employer-sponsored plans." – referring to more tax revenue coming into the treasury @ the expense of the individual taxpayer who Gruber feels will never realize what happened.
"We just tax the insurance companies, they pass on higher prices that offsets the tax break we get,  it ends up being the same thing.  It's a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter." – further elaboration of the point directly above
It is hard to call someone smart who puts the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle in place after being oblivious that a puzzle was being worked on during the entire process.  That is the analogy I draw after writing about ObamaCare since its inception.  In this case the last piece of the puzzle is Gruber telling everyone the answer.  After six years of abuse, on November 4 one fifth of the voting eligible population finally made a strong statement against BO.  The other 80% still are not smart & remain an easy target for more Gruber-like tricks.
In addition to the above remarks Gruber said that "seniors do a terrible job choosing" healthcare plans.  About five years ago I asked a group of senior citizens what Medicare Supplement plan they had & not one in ten knew – they may not be stupid but it is hard to call these people healthcare smart.
Republicans were quick to jump on the Gruber remarks but it was the Republican party that nominated Mitt Romney for president in 2012 after Gruber helped orchestrate RomneyCare in Massachusetts.  Not too smart to throw rocks while living in a glass house.
The Supreme Court is a major player in this ObamaCare charade.  After all in 2012 the Supremes agreed to unconstitutionally hear the case & then nonsensically found they cannot regulate a non-activity but they can tax it & accordingly pronounced ObamaCare the law of the land.  Now in my judging whether or not something is constitutional I first ask myself what would the Founders approve of re the matter & then check the Constitution itself – which will never let you down.  In the ObamaCare matter the Founders would never have found it constitutional & neither did KY Senator Rand Paul who correctly said "just because a couple of people on the Supreme court declare something 'constitutional' does not make it so.  The whole thing remains unconstitutional."  How smart is it for 320 million people to let nine unelected judges decide such a matter?
But the Supremes have another bite @ the apple & once again unconstitutionally accepted a case regarding State Versus Federal Health Insurance Exchanges - ObamaCare's Double Edged Sword.   Gruber is front & center again in this one saying "if you're a state & you don't set up an exchange, that means your citizens don't get their tax credits. . . I hope that that's a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together & realize there are billions of dollars @ stake here in setting up these exchanges."  This statement provides a wealth of ammunition for the anti-ObamaCare attorneys & if Gruber indeed has credibility it could help bring down the entire law as people in the thirty seven states that did not set up their own state exchanges do not receive tax credits (subsidies).  Checkmate on Gruber himself for stupidity. 
Let's complete the stupidity circle with first BO & then Pelosi reversing course by lauding Gruber before disowning him to one degree or another above, followed by a Pelosi-Gruber video that sums up the matter & an excellent montage entitled All of #GruberGate in Two Minutes.
So where does this leave the American Republic on the eve of 2015 with two years remaining in the mistake known as BO's presidency? 
Will the past six years have sufficiently shown the public that BO is not pursuing the same goals as every other president? – in fact BO has consistently demonstrated without end he is the biggest enemy the country has faced since King George III.  Will the public grasp the dangers America has faced & will continue to face with even more intensity the next two years under BO's insidious skillful training as a community organizer following Saul Alinsky's Socialist-Marxist method described in the book "Rules For Radicals"?  BO gets away with his onslaught against America if it is not explained from every rooftop that none of what has happened since January 20, 2009 is not by accident but rather by purposeful design by an enemy of America who campaigned to fundamentally transform America – for the worst.
We have an indication that the twenty percent of the voting eligible population who voted the Democrats out of office earlier this month deserve another chance. 
But are we, as a country, sophisticated enough to understand the Socratic maxim that the recognition of our ignorance is the beginning of wisdom as Hayek taught?  It is a gigantic leap to believe that the majority of Americans could go from all of the mistakes documented above, where in truth they could not be bothered with even the least degree of civic responsibility or concern for their own welfare, to a position now where suddenly they understand the stakes involved.  


  1. Hi Doug - Like the Titanic some saw the dangers but their warnings fell on deaf ears after all it was unsinkable or so they were told.

  2. Doug - yes the uninformed electorate was taken advantage of by the ObamaCare architects. Now the immigration architects are doing same with electorate. Constitution article 1 section 8 succinctly authorizes Congress with naturalization. However the majority of electorate have a very weak understanding of the Constitution. Thank the Left in charge of public education for decades. Next step for the unconstitutional executive immigration order is the federal court system. Any judge with respect for the Constitution will rule this unconstitutional in a millisecond. However we have many Leftist judges who abhor the Constitution. These judges feel the founding fathers were both racist and early greedy capitalists. To the Left the ends justify the means. The Left have a long term strategy to increase their power by taking from the successful Americans to the ever growing Dependency on Government class that includes illegal immigrants. This latter class may vote Democrat presidents for next few decades as a result.

    How the court handles immigration will be very telling how far Left our federal courts have gone and what the current level of respect there is for our Constitution.