Sunday, November 23, 2014
Bill Maher Takes Jonathan Gruber's "Stupid American Voters" Comment Completely Out of Context and Says It's Not Controversial
Maher: "How this is even controversial, I have no idea"
by Larry Simons
November 23, 2014
On Friday's telecast of Real Time with Bill Maher, the recent comments by MIT Professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber was the hot topic. At least 5 tapes have surfaced over the past two weeks that show Gruber saying it was "critical" to have a lack of transparency in getting the Obamacare law passed.
Gruber stated, "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. Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
Maher began the segment by explaining to his guests that he even acknowledged what Gruber's message was in the video clip, that getting the Obamacare law passed using slight of hand was essential and that they had to claim it was not a tax [even though it was] or the bill would have never been passed.
Maher acknowledged this, and after acknowledging it, he says, "I agree, and I've heard nobody else in America say that. Everybody on the left and the right.."oh how could he call Americans stupid"? Then Maher proceeds to play a video montage of himself on several shows saying Americans are stupid.
The problem with Maher's reaction is that he completely took Gruber's comments out of context. Are Americans in general stupid? That is a big resounding yes. I agree. But, this was not Gruber's message. Gruber was not referring to stupid Americans in general, he was specifically referring to Americans being stupid on the Obamacare law itself.
Maher goes on a 5-minute rant on Gruber's comments, while completely misunderstanding them. The irony here is, during this entire segment, Maher preaches on the collective stupidity of Americans while being clueless that Gruber was speaking about fooling those Americans who are specifically clueless about the Affordable Care Act.
For Maher to acknowledge that he knew what Gruber's basic message was [that they had to deceive to get the law passed] and then later make the claim that Gruber was talking about all Americans when he called them stupid, shows that Maher is either purposely trying to divert and ignore Gruber's message [which would mean that Maher would have to admit he was duped into accepting Obamacare], or that Maher is, ironically, displaying his own stupidity on this specific story.
As I stated in my recent story, the only ones who were truly fooled on Obamacare are the very ones who support it, mainly Democrats, since it was only Democrats who voted for the bill. No Republican voted for the ACA. No libertarian would vote for it. Who would be left but Democrats?
Gruber's admission that the administration had to use deception and lies to get the law passed leaves Democrats with no choice but to ignore the very core of Gruber's comments, or to spin his words. To date, I have not seen one Democrat, not one, say that Gruber's admission is an outrage. If they ignore Gruber's comments all together, that is damning because it gives credence to the reactions from the Obamacare opposition. If they address the comments, they have to either claim that the end justifies the means or find some other way to spin it.
The way Maher chose to spin the comments was just to deny the comments were controversial in any way. Maher said, "Jonathan Gruber, you have met your soul mate. How this is even controversial, I have no idea.".
It's crystal clear why it's controversial: Because the Obama administration had to lie to get a bill signed into law when in February 2013 Obama claimed his administration was "the most transparent administration in history". And the natural response to this deception is: If the law was so good to begin with, why did it require any deception or removal of transparency at all?
Democrats ignore this question, because they would rather hold the view that Americans had to be duped into accepting a law that is really good for them [like the analogy that Maher gave of trying to get a dog to take a pill he really needs and is good for him, by slipping it into the dog's food because he won't take it on his own] than to admit that if the law was really that wonderful and it would be so beneficial to the American people, why it had to shrouded in deception and lies.
I agree with Maher in one aspect. Maher and Gruber could be soul mates, but not because they share a view that Americans are stupid, but that they are both rich elitists who support Obamacare because neither one of them needs it.
watch the clip---click here