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Most transparent administration ever …

You’ve probably seen this quote floating around, or at least part of it.  You need to read the whole thing.  It’s about how those without principles, who want something passed into law, calculate how to word it and present it so the American people can be fooled into accepting it. Everything is acceptable in terms of methods.  In this case the person is talking about ObamaCare, aka the ACA:

“You can’t do it political, you just literally cannot do it. Transparent financing and also transparent spending. I mean, this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes the bill dies. Okay? So it’s written to do that,” Gruber said. “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 to get 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.”

So we have the CBO which is supposed to score bills and tell us how much they’ll cost, whether or not it is a tax, etc.  This crew intentionally wrote it so it couldn’t be construed as a tax.  That gives you a little idea of how hard the Supreme Court had to stretch to make it one, and thereby “Constitutional”.  Most importantly, it was the presentation that was important and about as opaque concerning the facts as possible.

Not everyone was fooled.  Many understood that someone had to pay for this, understood that it was going to be the healthy and said so.  Ignored.

What did the “architects” count on?  “The stupidity of the American voter” – and now they’re crowing about it.  They used it.  They counted on it.

Finally read the last sentence.  This jerk is pleased with the outcome because he’d “rather have this law than not”.   So deceit and trickery are okay. “By any means necessary”.

Is that a principle your government is supposed to represent?


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19 Responses to Most transparent administration ever …

  • Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage.

    Hey, it worked champion for the Stasi.

    Every one of these tyrannical pukes should be exposed, stripped naked, and tarred and feathered.

    For a start…

  • “call it the stupidity of the American voter ”

    This #@&^%* asshat…it had a lot more to do with the stupidity, greed, control, and hubris of the average Senator or Representative for the Democratic party than the stupidity of any voter. Although we can sort of measure that level of stupid by examining the people they send to represent them. Nancy Pelosi for example. The stupidity was on the part of the people who voted for the bill, and that was NOT the voters.

    It’s time to measure the intellect of people who are allowed to represent others – people who, for example, think islands can capsize should NOT be sworn in to represent even the most ignorant voters.

    And guys like this guy?
    Well, rope, a lamp post and some assembly are probably in order.

  • What did the American voter have to do with passing of the ACA?

    • who elected Baracky?
      Who elected Dems like Sen. Stuart Smalley?

      • I seem to remember polls running roughly 70 – 30 against the ACA at the time of its passage but I could be wrong. When you have an overwhelming majority of the public against a bill that is passed anyway, the politicians are telling you and me that there is something they consider more important to them than the votes you and I cast.

    • Not tossing the Senate as well as the house in 2010/2012. Not tossing Obama.

    • Guys, they’re doing whatever they F*ing please based on some reasonably small percentage of their voter base, primarily the base where the biggest money or biggest current noise comes from.
      And I’ll wager none of the three of us voted for Stuart Smalley or Harry Reid or Barack Obama, right?

      Obama constantly makes it clear he’s doing what he wants when he cites less than 50% approval ratings as cause for doing what he wants in the name of 100% of the voters.
      Hell, in his mind he thinks he can issue fiat executive orders because he represents ALL the people, not just, say, the evil Republican voting racist morons from Texas.
      Just last week he had the chutzpah to suggest if you DIDN’T vote (2/3’s of the voters according to the little twerp) it was because you agreed with whatever he wanted to do at the moment.

      Nancy Pelosi said ‘we’ had to pass the bill to find out what was in the ACA. She didn’t really mean ‘we’ the voters, she knew perfectly well she meant the legislative and the executive branches.
      They are only marginally accountable to us at any given time, and that given time is generally about 3 months before we elect or re-elect them to office.
      Even then many of us will go and pull the lever for OUR representatives (who are mostly great by the way) thinking that everyone else will change their stupid dumbass representatives because we’d like them to buy a clue and get their acts together.
      17th Amendment – one of the biggest mistakes EVER.

      Let me tell you as a Texas voter how happy I am with Chuck Schumer or Harry Reid. Full disclosure, I’m sure there are many New York and California voters who disagree with my voting for Ted Cruz.
      It’s the same as it always is, my reps and senators are geeeeeeniusses, and any reps or senators who don’t go along with them are morons who should be booted from office this instant.

      The clown cited in the article is just perpetuating the ruling class myth they feed us that that it was ‘the voters’ who did this.
      Was it the voters that closed the WWII memorial in DC or Yellowstone Nat Park during the budget duel? Nope.
      Did we all get together and decide we wanted to whack Muammar Gaddafi and make the Libyans free to be ruled by Sharia law and Islamic Fundamentalist whackjobs? Nope.
      Heck, did we all agree that we would just let potential Ebola patients wander the US like Kwai Chang Caine until they became infectious? Nope.

      So – on a regular basis now I think of participation in our current government as follows:
      “It’s not my place to run the train.
      The whistle I can’t blow.
      It’s not my place to say how far
      the train’s allowed to go.
      It’s not my place to shoot off steam.
      Nor even clang the bell.
      But let them run it off the tracks and see who catches hell”.

      • I continue to believe that as a whole, it’s the voters fault.

        • Okay, in the sense we pick who we send, yes, it is.
          Generically speaking, voters choosing people who often represent themselves first rather than the good of the voters in their individual states the voters did cause it.
          We also seem to have a ruling class now that has convinced themselves they are crusaders who must ‘do things’ and measure their success by how much (crap) law they pass.

          • Yes, we have the worst political class now since before the Civil War (at least those guys had the virtue of cracking each other out during a disagreement instead of this BS fake collegiality), but it’s still our fault. Term limits don’t get enacted (or if they do, they’re flaunted for no penalty – see Bloomberg, Mike). Senators and Reps. treat their seats like family heirlooms, and the voters generally go along. No wonder they’re so awful – we reward (or at least don’t punish) their behavior.

            We have the worst voting class now as well. Look at the typical Obama voter and I don’t think that can be denied.

        • Well, in a sense.

          In the same sense, it would be fair to say the victims of fraudsters have themselves to blame. Which is only “fair” to a very limited degree, and beyond that is filled with cynicism, which is not a virtue. We TEND to believe people with whom we deal. If they have the intent to defraud us, they CAN because that is the nature of fraud.

          Collectivists are liars. But that is a truism that a lot of people have not embraced, partly because it is a hard, cold realization that challenges people’s world-view. So Collectivists successfully lie to the general population.

          • Alas all my answers for dealing with collectivists make me no better than a collectivist.

            I suppose because I want a quick answer and spending a life time trying to educate people takes too damn long.

          • But, really, what could you more worthily spend a life doing?

          • Had I understood sooner, but again, alas.
            Make no mistake I see I’ve been part of the problem.
            I realize we need a class of anti-collectivists to counter the collective, and my natural inclination to leave people alone, and to want to be left alone has had me come over to the side of the angels later in life than would be most useful.

    • Someone had to buy enough of the promises and deceit to provide cover for the Pols.

      • And that’s why they believe the American people/voters are stupid.

        The folks like the crafters of this bill/sellers of this bill KNOW who they are. They KNOWthey are fooling others.
        And they’ve done it for so long, so easily why wouldn’t they come to the conclusion of ‘these people are idiots for buying what I’m selling!’

        When you’ve deceived others for so long you have to develop contempt for those you are deceiving.

  • In which Barack Obama will soon discover at 6:00 on the Friday evening news that Gruber was hired by two rogue White House interns in the Cincinnati room of the White House to game the CBO scoring for the ACA.

    No one will be more angry than he is and he’ll be forced to consider cancelling a round of golf, but ultimately won’t.