The Stupidity of Jonathan Gruber

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Few things are more satisfying than the rough justice of a mortifying remark that validates the suspicion that advanced degrees are not necessarily reliable indicators of advanced intelligence.

With U.S. Supreme Court arguments upcoming on the question whether federal and state health insurance exchanges are synonymous, the discovery of contrary statements by ObamaCare architect and MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber are especially inconvenient for the administration and the premium subsidies that form the prop on which ObamaCare’s short-term survival depends.

The remarks are also especially hard to dismiss, given that a fourth instance of Gruber speaking publicly about deliberately deceiving the public over the health care legislation has now surfaced and even CNN couldn’t resist reporting it.

But we have to join with a few other commentators in believing Gruber’s initial remark about “the stupidity of the American voter”—pause for a moment to savor the irony—inadvertently spotlighted the precise opposite. Gruber’s remarks made it abundantly clear that he believed ObamaCare could never be enacted unless the administration lied to the public about its intentions and effects.  In other words, Gruber knew the American voter was too smart to buy what he was peddling.

And despite the lying, the public wasn’t deceived. Remember the massacre of Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections?  Gruber might better have marveled at the stupidity of congressional liberals.

The true stupidity of Jonathan Gruber lies in his presumptuousness.  Gruber thought—and might still think—he could gloat in public over his mendacity and pay no price for it.  Thanks to this pomposity, the price could very well include the collapse of his entire redistributionist enterprise, provided the Supreme Court finally decides there must be limits on the administration having it both ways.

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