Stupid Is as Stupid Votes?
By Tony Perkins
What’s rarer than an honest politician? A lying one who admits it. That’s essentially what ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber did in a viral video about the President’s strategy for passing his signature policy. In it, he admits what shouldn’t be news to anyone: that the legislation was built on a pack of lies and passed because too many Americans couldn’t see through them.
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” Gruber said at a University of Pennsylvania lecture last year. “And basically, call it the ‘stupidity of the American voter’ or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.” The bill, he explains, was intentionally written “in a tortured way” — not just to confuse voters, but the government agencies pricing out the policy. Raising the hackles of voters everywhere, Gruber arrogantly praised the ploy, saying, “It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.”
Of course, the irony is that American voters must not be stupid — else the President wouldn’t have had to lie in the first place! Obviously, he was concerned that selling the system “as is” would have exposed it for the freedom-crushing, money-sucking, job-killing measure it was.
And despite the administration’s snow job, plenty of Americans weren’t deceived. Including FRC. We warned from Day 1 that the system was chock-full of rationing, taxpayer-funded abortion, sky-high costs, and massive plan casualties. It’s not that the American people are “stupid,” it’s that they have an expectation that they can trust their elected leaders — or at a minimum, that their leaders won’t willfully lie to them. “The strategy was to hide the truth from the American people,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) told reporters. “I’m not into this post-modern world where you can say whatever you want to in order to achieve your agenda. That is a threat to the American republic… This is far deeper and more significant than the fact that he just spoke.”
Meanwhile, if anything paints the picture of modern liberalism, it’s this controversy. The message from liberal elites is that the government knows better than the average American what’s good for our country. It’s the height of condescension and arrogance, and it just might be the undoing of the law Democrats worked so hard to hide. As insulting as Gruber’s comments were, they might have done the country a huge favor. Now that America’s “stupid” voters have fired more ObamaCare supporters from office, this only fans the flames for phase two: full repeal!
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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