Deception is particularly foul when the con man performing it is an elected official who uses the public trust, resources and office to achieve the con. That is because elected officials are supposed to be the representatives of the people (indeed, representative democracy does not work unless they are), beholden to them for their use of power. As such they are supposed to regard their constituents with humble respect, as principals whose interests they must respect and advance. Honest dealing by an agent with, and on behalf of, a principal is essential in the law of agency. No principal would wittingly delegate authority to act on his or her behalf to a con man, an agent who would manipulate the principal’s trust to achieve personal gain at the principal’s expense, yet that is precisely politics as usual in Washington among pols in both parties. The offense is particularly pronounced in the Obama Administration, starting with the President and permeating down through certain of his key advisors.
Of course, President Obama famously told us: “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” and “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan, period.” And yet, at the very time he made those statements, which he made dozens of times to the American people, he knew them to be lies. He proved himself in that instance, and in numerous others, to be a con man. By the look of polls most Americans understand that the President cannot be trusted. The con man in the White House necessarily has adherents, like Jonathan Gruber, who equally abuse the trust the American people place in those they elect. Gruber is an arrogant, condescending, and obnoxious proponent of the view that deceiving the public is appropriate to achieve political ends. Gruber is one of the chief architects of the Obamacare law. Thanks to posts made by The Daily Caller and broadcasts related to them by Fox News, Americans who to date were not aware should now be well aware that they were quite consciously had by the architects of Obamacare.
There are at least three public instances in which Gruber has touted his and the Administration’s cleverness at duping the American people. In an October 2013 panel discussion at Washington University in St. Louis, referring to the “Cadillac Tax” (an excise tax on high cost insurance plans that takes effect in 2018), Gruber said it was a trick or artifice to get around popular revulsion for a direct tax. The Administration would tax insurance companies knowing that they would pass the cost increases on to policyholders but policyholders would be oblivious to the fact that the increases were due to the tax. “They proposed it and that passed, because the American people are too stupid to understand the difference,” Gruber said. Indeed, Gruber took pride in the “lack of transparency,” stating “basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.” One must question just how brilliant Harvard Ph.D. and MIT Professor of Economics Jonathan Gruber is for not contemplating the consequences of his repeatedly made remarks about the benefits of deceiving the public.
Then again in 2012, at the University of Rhode Island, Gruber made similar remarks, once more identifying the Cadillac Tax as a clever act of deception wittingly adopted to increase policy holder premiums without admitting to the American people that the tax adopted was in fact ultimately destined to have that effect. Gruber said, “We just tax the insurance companies, they pass on higher prices that offsets [sic] 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.”
The unmitigated hubris of the President and his henchmen, their contempt for the American people, and their repeated resort to deception to achieve their desired ends are the hallmarks of “designing men and measures” that the Founding Fathers condemned as the greatest threat to good government and the mark of tyrannical rule. Beyond comprehending their role as servants of the people, they believe themselves architects of popular manipulations who unhesitatingly lie if by misleading they can advance their political agendas. History teaches that those in power who harbor such a low regard for the electorate usually suffer severe repercussions once the public is on to them. Mr. President (and Mr. Gruber), the public is now on to you.
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again in 2012, at the University of Rhode Island, Gruber made similar
remarks, once more identifying the Cadillac Tax as a clever act of deception
wittingly adopted to increase policy holder premiums without admitting
to the American people that the tax adopted was in fact ultimately destined
to have that effect.