By Victor J. Ward
The truth is a wonderful thing. As Jesus once said, "The truth will set you free."
That's why I don't know why people care so much about the comments from MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber.
He said two things that seem to have gotten him into trouble:
1. The lack of transparency is a political advantage.
2. The typical American voter is stupid.
Both statements are 100% true.
Politicians routinely play the "hide the real agenda" card. And, if the real agenda needs to get out, the administration that is in power will release the partial truth on a Friday evening or on Christmas Eve or during some other moment when people are mesmerized by a shiny object.
The Obama administration has been masterful at creating a lack of transparency. But, they have been even more successful than other administrations because Obama painted himself as the most transparent president ever. This made people think that they were going to be one step ahead of the administration, but in fact, they were one step behind because of the administrations' duplicity. This means that the media and voters were and are actually two steps behind really understanding what this administration is doing and has done.
The lack of transparency has been a huge political advantage.
Gruber also insulted the average American voter and called them stupid. Is there any doubt that this is true? Either the voter has to admit that they don't know anything, or the voter has to admit that they are only a partisan hack that simply wants his/her team to win as if they were pulling for the San Francisco 49ers or Los Angeles Lakers.
Most people don't understand how Congress works. Most people don't understand the Federal Reserve. Most people don't know anything about executive orders. Most people don't understand that the United States is not supposed to be a democracy. Most people don't understand how welfare works. Most people don't understand the abuse of federal agencies and federal regulations. Most people don't understand taxes. Most people don't understand the difference between federal, state, and local governments.
Most voters don't know the difference between democrats and republicans. Or, better said, most voters don't know that there is no difference between democrats and republicans.
Gruber was simply saying what all politicians feel. Why else would politicians call taxes "revenue?" Why else would politicians use the vapid argument: "It's better to fight them over there than over here?" Why else would politicians blatantly lie to our face day after day? Just Google "Nancy Pelosi lie" or "Harry Reid lie" or "Mitch McConnell lie" or "George Bush lie."
Why would politicians like Jerry Brown, the Governor of California, say that wealthy people have "by whatever skill, disproportionately subtracted from the the wealth of the nation" and get away with that tripe?
As the old saying goes, "If you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one that yells is the one that got hit."
Gruber threw the rock and the American voter howled.
Victor J. Ward first came across libertarianism by reading Murray Rothbard's Ronald Reagan: An Autopsy and Walter Block's Defending the Undefendable. He holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and an MBA from Santa Clara University.