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Uriah Heep Comes Before Congress

“When I was quite a young boy . . . I got to know what umbleness did, and I took to it. I ate umble pie with an appetite. I stopped at the umble point of my learning, and says I, ‘Hard hard!’ When you offered to teach me Latin, I knew better.”

Jonathan Gruber probably walked away from the Tuesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing with some smug satisfaction that he had endured a dragging over the coals without really being responsive to the committee, while projecting himself as completely contrite. But Americans, who contrary to Gruber’s assumption are far from stupid, surely saw through his humility act.

Republicans achieved their mission, showcasing Gruber – or more accurately, allowing him to showcase himself – as the slippery shyster behind the Obamacare fraud that was perpetuated on the American people.

Responsive he wasn’t. He wouldn’t divulge what taxpayers paid him and refused to provide documents related to his pay or his work on Obamacare, though he is going to be subpoenaed for all of this. And he refused to even get into whether the administration, as he claimed in videos, intentionally deceived Americans by presenting the Obamacare mandate as a penalty and not a tax and obscuring that Obamacare was a wealth transfer from the healthy to the sick.

But his artful dodges revealed his artifice.

The most telling moment came during questioning by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who repeatedly tried to get Gruber to fess up to the deceit behind Obamacare. Gruber dodged the question by using his preconceived strategy of apologizing until a threatening question went away, saying he was “glib,” “hurtful,” “trying to make myself seem smarter,” used “inexcusable language,” had “inexcusable arrogance,” and was “trying to conjecture on political topic on which I’m not an expert.”

But note in the video below how his determined repetitions begin to make his apologies sound utterly inauthentic.

There he is, Uriah Heep himself, slathering on the humility. Dickens knew of the Grubers of the world 160 years ago.

Yes, Jonathan should never have been trying to speaking Latin, or the language of politicians!

And then there was the obvious lie, coaxed forward by Chairman Issa, that Gruber didn’t mean what he said when he clearly and emphatically stated in 2012 that citizens of states that don’t set up exchanges would not receive their Obamacare subsidies.

“The point I believe I was making was about the possibility that the federal government, for whatever reason, might not create a federal exchange,” Uriah peeped.

Well, let’s go to the videotape. Gruber was unequivocal in 2012 that states without exchanges wouldn’t have access to subsidies, and he was clear that he expected the federal exchange to be set up, even if the feds might be slow-walking it a bit.

This is critical, because the biggest threat to Gruber’s Obamacare scheme is now a case headed to the Supreme Court that could, as the law states it must, deny subsidies to those living in the 36 states that did not set up exchanges. That would be it for Obamacare.

As a bonus insult, still assuming the American people to be stupid, Gruber tried to reinterpret Obama’s repeated false statements that people could keep their plans and their doctors.

“I interpreted the president’s statements to mean that the vast majority of Americans would not be affected by the Affordable Care Act,” Gruber said. Except, Obama didn’t say “the vast majority.” And the minority left after you take out the “vast majority” in our vast country could include millions of people, so Obama would still be trying to suggest something was inconsequential that actually was not.

There was a moment, though, that we saw a small crack in the facade, got a view of the arrogance burning beneath the veil of fake humility. It was when Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, requested documents from Gruber related to his work on Obamacare.

“Do I have documents? I have all sorts of documents,” Gruber responded. “I have a piece of paper in front of me.”

He just couldn’t resist Heeping some condescension onto his unworthy inferiors.

54 thoughts on “Uriah Heep Comes Before Congress”

      1. I saw a bit of Brian what’s his name — he positioned Gruber thusly — the Republicans see him as the architect of Obamacare and the President sees him as some one who was consulted from time to time or some such nonsense.

        This is Obama’s meme as well. The manner in which Brian delivered it made it clear — who are you going to believe the crazy racists or the President of the United States. It was biased and dismissive.

        Obama now lies with tremendous ease and it shows.

  1. They were suppose to supply the subpoenaed information. They did not. They did say they would get around to it. (In so many words)
    They did not give a time period of when the information, has to be given to them. They did not mention a time line.
    By the way it was mentioned that they got a huge data dump the evening before. (Not the data that was requested).
    Does anyone know how long they were given to supply the information?
    I think o should have stopped what he was doing yesterday to stand in the office and fax, email the documents himself.
    I wish mr. ocare himself would have been there, as Grueber was Glibbing, so I could have seen what expressions o had on his face.

  2. I watched the hearing; it was a waste of time. Gruber actually did delay and obfuscate enough to slip by. All the line of questioning should have been only directed at the federal exchange modeling.

    – Did you read the law?
    – Did you model your interpretation of the law, or did anyone else tell you what to model? Who?
    – Why did you model the assumption of a federal exchange when there is no mention in the law of a federal exchange?

    They were too focused on his comments and not his actions.

    For the idiot consumer who testified, I don’t believe he is not getting federal subsidies based on his description of his job.
    – How many people in your household?
    – So your household must be earning at least $x (based on law’s tables) to not receive a subsidy (about $95,000 for a family of four)…you could not afford coverage before Obamacare?
    – Are you applying, or do you intend to apply for a subsidy?
    – Do you realize that the exchange rates are artificially low because everyone else’s employer is subsidizing you through the Transitional Reinsurance Fee, which goes away next year?

  3. I say we give MrGruber a round of applause, invite him to dinner, and thank him for his service to our country.
    No other person could have opened the Pandora’s box of Obamacare secrets and perils any better than the Dems favorite go-to number cruncher and health care guru. No nationally known Repub, no ordinary citizen, no famous entertainer could have more effectively put the kibosh of this horrendous mess than the flappy-mouthed MrGruber.
    If Obamacare was to be MrObama’s legacy, then MrGruber would be our hero who singlehandedly slayed the dragon known as the ACA.
    Thank you, sir.

  4. OT: The State Department has failed to turn over govt. documents covering the Hillary tenure as Secretary of State that the Associated Press and others requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.
    This was ahead of her persumtive presidential campaign. This included one request by AP made four years ago and other pending for more than a year.
    On Wednesday, the conservative political advocacy group, Citizens United sued the State Dept. for failing to disclose flight records showing who accompanied Clinton on overseas trips.
    Note: They sure love to keep a hold of their records.

  5. Speaking of obvious lies…

    These words from Time Magazines description of the Ferguson protesters as runners up for “Man of the Year”:

    “A black President who so often seems reluctant to talk about race was forced into the fray.” (followed by) “Barack Obama brought young Ferguson protest leaders into the Oval Office and announced measures meant to increase police accountability.”

    This would, perhaps, be like how the reluctant Mr. Obama was forced into the fray with Skip Gates, Trayvon Martin, et al. It’s oh so sad that the “most powerful man on earth” keeps getting railroaded (perhaps by that “Intercontinental Railroad” he admires so much?) into doing things he detests.

    1. Thanks for the clip.
      I was looked up on the internet just now. I found out the answer to the million dollar question. Why would a late 70’s band want to name itself after a character in such an old nover?
      The name came from the manager, Gerry Bron. It had been the 100th anniversary of Charles Dickens death.

  6. US CONGRESS = A CESSPOOL OF 535 (republican & democrat-socialist) IDIOTS, MORONS & CRIMINALS.

    The US Congress needs to be dumped into a toilet and flushed.

    1. Each and everyone of them need to write 1000 times, what o said yesterday. On the News Thread. There is an article with o stating that the next person in office wouldn’t dare.
      There is a lot more to the article, however just those words:
      Wouldn’t dare. is a kick in the gut to every citizen.

      1. Not only is the Democratic party a criminal cartel, it is a treasonous one as well with the release of the Senate report on America’s “brutal torture” of jihadist war criminals.

        Funny how Gruber’s actions, have been completely obliterated from the news cycle, by the carefully timed release of OLD news on America’s supposed crimes against humanity.

  7. Another reason to call Uriah Heep on him; Just the first and second verses alone seem to cover it…

    “Uriah Heep — That’s The Way It Is lyrics

    I’ve been thinking about
    What you said last night
    And for all your fine words
    You still don’t have it right

    ‘Cause that’s the way that it is
    And you won’t ever change
    You can scream at me but the powers that be
    Won’t ever hear your voice
    ‘Cause they’re lost in their own importance
    No, they’ll never hear your voice

    ‘Cause that’s the way that it is
    And you won’t ever change it
    Now I’ve heard all your stories
    Of how the few can be strong
    How you’ll fight to the end
    Just to prove me wrong

    ‘Cause that’s the way that it is
    And you won’t ever change it
    So don’t come cryin’ to me if your
    Fanciful schemes don’t turn out like you planned
    ‘Cause you’re chasing after something
    That keeps slipping through your hand”

  8. Josh said there is a clear difference between Drones & interrogation.
    I don’t understand how KILLING people we think may be the terrorist, and innocent bystanders with a Drone is ok. but interrogation is not WHEN OUR COUNTRY HAD BEEN ATTACKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I heard this just now on The Five.
    I just heard a clip of the interview with Fein. and CNN. I would feel badly, Wolf Blizter. How did she sit there and say she would feel badly if we were attacked because of the c** release. She should have felt badly even considering releasing that to begin with. We do not torture anymore, so there was no need in doing that except for their little bitty feelings getting hurt, due to the elections.

      1. This was an amazingly political and petty thing to do. But I suppose as long as she would “feel badly”if someone’s father/brother/uncle/son,mother/daughter/aunt/sister is killed in retaliation. Not to mention the fact that every single little detail is now available to our enemies — aiding and abetting.

        But hey, Juan Mac, Miss Lindsey and the sandwich filling peanut butter and kelly Ayotte think it’s ok. Torture is bad.

  9. Surely I’m not the only one who thinks that Progs didn’t and don’t want the information from enhanced interrogation techniques because it would lead to more captured jihadis and greater security.

    1. I’ve been saying that the last few days. This is why Obummer loves his drones. He would rather kill them on the spot than allow them to be captured so we can obtain useful info from them. As far as I’m concerned, he is America’s number one enemy. There, I said it.

  10. Busy day — caught bits and pieces from Obama on immigration — Josh on “torture” — and DiFi saying she would “feel badly” if Americans were harmed as a result of the Democrat Report which she admitted was a political move because there were rumors with a Republican Administration the information (which was poorly done) would never see the light of day.

    And for once Barack Obama is not the most disgusting of the three. That award goes to Diane Feinstein — who trashed, in my mind, her reputation with this report, and with her comment. It’s right up there with Hillary’s “what difference does it make”.

      1. And probably stale Cheetos? Oh grace, if only you were an illegal alien, you could go anywhere at any time. Hope my snarky comments free you.

  11. Keith, thanks for your laser focused analysis of this little weasel. It worries me that MIT would be associated with criminal trash like him. Could be they are stocked with libs like so many other colleges these days. Could be why they are not the top rated college for getting graduates jobs. Companies are standing in line to get Rose Hulman grads from little ole Terre Haute, Indiana, because they get instructions there and not indoctrination. Go Fightin’ Engineers!

  12. OT: Afghanistan decries CIA violations. Adds voice to widespread condemnation of CIA.
    Asraf Ghani has said CIA brutal interrogation program violated all accepted norms of human rights in the world. He with many world leaders.
    Now as Cheney stated on Fox a little while ago. They terrorist are not part of the Genva Convention.
    I did not see any other word online regarding all these so called world leaders.

  13. For some reason, Gruber came to mind earlier today when I read this article that was linked at Drudge. This tool is another professor; he has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, and a law degree from Harvard Law School. And he’s very, very impressed with himself. Plus, he has way too much time on his hands.

    You have to read this insane story, which includes a lengthy email exchange over something so ridiculous. But, like the arrogant Gruber, this jackass just had to prove how smart he is:

    Ben Edelman is an associate professor at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit.

    Ran Duan manages The Baldwin Bar, located inside the Woburn location of Sichuan Garden, a Chinese restaurant founded by his parents.

    Last week, Edelman ordered what he thought was $53.35 worth of Chinese food from Sichuan Garden’s Brookline Village location.

    Edelman soon came to the horrifying realization that he had been overcharged. By a total of $4.

    If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a Harvard Business School professor thinks a family-run Chinese restaurant screwed him out of $4, you’re about to find out.

    (Hint: It involves invocation of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute and multiple threats of legal action.)

      1. Yes, that’s a good theory. Btw, there are several updates to that article. They’re all linked in the original article. It’s been quite a brouhaha the last two days. The Chinese restaurant has received a lot of support, including positive comments on Yelp, and a fundraising effort by current Harvard Business School students donating $4 to a food bank. The arrogant professor has been ridiculed on social media. In one article, there’s a statement from the owner of the restaurant thanking everyone for the support. Then, in the final article, there was a statement and an apology from the smug professor late this afternoon.

        1. Thanks for the updates Snark. I read the original link at IOTW and thought to myself, whatta putz – a ‘gruber-ite’ so to speak. Academia turning out turds by the hundreds. FEH!

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