Honesty, you may ask?
Yes, honesty. MIT’s Jonathan Gruber has been quite explicit on his position:
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.
Gruber’s saying he now regrets his remarks. Like a child who’s sorry they got caught, Gruber may have been surprised over the brouhaha, and regrets having been so candid since, as Pete said,
Because he understood that the media would not reveal and/or report on it.
Indeed, there’s even a Pajama Boy-lookalike at the WaPo looking at “CONTEXT”, yes, all in caps:
An Obamacare writer is under fire for saying the ‘stupidity of the American voter’ helped the ACA pass. But CONTEXT. http://t.co/HwXnbqrr1J
— Jose A. DelReal (@jdelreal) November 11, 2014
Keith Hennessy, which Gruber might regard as one of the great unwashed, stupid American voters, looks at Dr. Gruber’s honesty about lying [note: Gruber has a PhD in economics, not an MD or DO in medicine]. Hennessy poses four questions
1. Is Dr. Gruber right that lack of transparency was a huge political advantage in enacting ObamaCare?
2. Do Dr. Gruber’s allies in Congress and the Obama White House agree that ObamaCare cross-subsidies were intentionally obscured to avoid politically unpopular votes?
3. Do they agree with the more general principle, that some large, explicit, and transparent subsidies will be unpopular, and that the only way to enact them is to hide and obscure them?
4. If so, is it ethical to hide and obscure large cross-subsidies (or large costs), in ObamaCare and elsewhere, so they can be enacted into law? Does the end of greater redistribution justify the means of obfuscation, of lying to voters?
Hennessy answers yes to the first three, no to the fourth, but more interesting is his list of nine areas
where American economic policy hides or obscures subsidies or costs, I believe intentionally.
And that‘s where the honesty dies.
Read Hennessy’s excellent post, of course. He also says (emphasis added),
Apparently Dr. Gruber thinks it’s OK to lie to American voters when his allies are in power to enact policies that he wants but the voters wouldn’t. He then says American voters are “stupid” both for not agreeing with his value choices and for not figuring out the deception.
Which brings me to Rich Weinstein, the Mild-Mannered Investment Adviser Who’s Humiliating the Administration Over Obamacare.
Gruber, the true voice of liberal arrogance, never learned that out there among the great unwashed, stupid American voters, some are actually paying attention.
For more Gruber fetidness, the Washington Free Beacon has a YouTube, if you can stand it.
P.S., Rich Weinstein, if you’re ever in Miami, I”ll buy you lunch at Versailles.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog. Her major medical policy was cancelled under Obamacare since she did not have pediatric dental coverage, something she didn’t need when her child was growing up.