More Jonathan Gruber: Obamacare will not be affordable. Government will have to deny coverage.

This guy is just the gift that keeps on giving.  And remember…he is the guy who (in his own words) “basically wrote the law.”

from Daily Caller:

Gruber said that Obamacare had no cost controls in it and would not be affordable in an October 2009 policy brief, presented here exclusively by TheDC. At the time, Gruber had already personally counseled Obama in the Oval Office and served on Obama’s presidential transition team. Obama, meanwhile, told the American people that their premiums would go down dramatically.

“The problem is it starts to go hand in hand with the mandate; you can’t mandate insurance that’s not affordable. This is going to be a major issue,” Gruber admitted in an October 2, 2009 lecture, the transcript of which comprised the policy brief.

“So what’s different this time? Why are we closer than we’ve ever been before? Because there are no cost controls in these proposals. Because this bill’s about coverage. Which is good! Why should we hold 48 million uninsured people hostage to the fact that we don’t yet know how to control costs in a politically acceptable way? Let’s get the people covered and then let’s do cost control.”

Gruber also said that the only way to control costs is to effectively deny treatment.

“The real substance of cost control is all about a single thing: telling patients they can’t have something they want. It’s about telling patients, ‘That surgery doesn’t do any good, so if you want it you have to pay the full cost.’”

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We don’t need government bureaucrats telling us “that surgery doesn’t do any good.” That’s between me and my doctors.

Gruber - thinking about that thing called Spotify?

Is the Gruber himself thinking about that thing called Spotify? Check out the attribution in this screenshot (the last paragraph in the post) - it should probably be Shopify rather than Spotify, but it’s nice to know that the man is thinking about us.

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Hitler Finds Out Field Marshal Gruber Spilled the Beans

Perhaps the best Hitler finds out video I have ever seen

Jonathan Gruber: Abortion is the reason we have less crime

Remember that book Freakenomics that liberals went crazy for back in the mid 2000s.  The book spawned a podcast and even a movie.  In it, there is a chapter on how Roe v. Wade is responsible for a precipitous drop off in the crime rate in the United States, and the chapter made waves around the political universe (as you might imagine).  

The mind who concocted the study behind that chapter was none other than our old buddy Jonathan Gruber.  You know?  The guy who says Americans are way too stupid to understand that Obamacare is going to tax them into oblivion. 

from National Review:

The theory, simplified for space, was that fewer unwanted babies began to be born after 1973. These aborted babies did not turn 18 in 1991, and accordingly did not commit crimes, leading to the dramatic drop in crime experienced in the 1990s.

It turns out that the study on which the Freakonomics authors based their chapter on abortion and crime was authored by none other than Jonathan Gruber (and others). In their 1998 paper, Gruber and his co-authors concluded that “we find that for the marginal child not born due to increased abortion access, the odds of living in a single parent family would have been roughly 70 percent higher, the odds of living in poverty nearly 40 percent higher, the odds of welfare receipt 50 percent higher… . From these results, we estimate that the legalization of abortion saved the federal government over $14 billion in welfare payments through 1994.”

Considering that 30 percent of abortions are obtained by African-American women, though they comprise just 13 percent of the population, Gruber was in effect arguing that reducing the number of poor black children was, not to put too fine a point on it, a “positive good.” One cannot begin to imagine the outcry if a conservative academic (that rare specimen) had published similar conclusions with such sangfroid.

Leave aside the moral obtuseness of arguing that abortion is justified because it reduces crime or welfare expenditures (which party is supposed to be stingy with welfare, again?) and consider the many, many possible explanations for the drop in crime that began in the 1990s. There was the waning of the crack epidemic. There was New York’s introduction of “broken windows” policing in 1994. New York’s crime rate declined by 70 percent between 1990 and 2000, and then dropped another 30 percent by 2005, a decline that was twice the national average and that was itself responsible for a significant percentage of the overall crime-drop numbers in the U.S. Or consider that the incarceration rate — local, state, and federal — quadrupled from 1980 to 2001.

But let’s imagine that Gruber was right — that legalizing abortion eliminated a big cohort of the criminal element and led to a drop in crime. Did every one of those aborted criminals merit the death penalty? The car thieves? The embezzlers? Did each one deserve a preemptive death penalty? Before trial? Before the crime itself? Oddly, progressives tend to oppose harsh punishments for convicted criminals while quietly celebrating the ultimate penalty for those too young to have committed any offense.

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Remember, this is the twisted mind who constructed Obamacare.  If we’ve learned nothing else about him over the last few months, we’ve learned that he has a contempt for the American people.  His theories on abortion and crime show that he has an overall contempt for humanity as well.  The common man is beneath him.  This is the guy who just re-wrote the rules on our entire health care system.


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Responding to John Gruber on the ViewSonic Tablet

Right! The little colorful finches are back with a tablet. (official press release)

Sure, you remember them–they made the pretty decent monitor you bought ten years ago.

In his widely-read Mac nerdery column (those are his adjectives, not mine) “Daring Fireball,” John Gruber takes a nasty swipe at ViewSonic’s new offering that runs a real-live version of Windows 7 and can also boot into a now-ancient version of Android you’ve either:

  1. never seen before, or
  2. already erased from your memory because of the deep pain it brought you.

Gruber doesn’t have comments on his blog, so my email to him is provided below.

Subject: A Thought About the ViewSonic Tablet

John, I’m no shill for ViewSonic. But before completely dismissing their product I have first-hand experience with one use case where this device would be valuable: old-fashioned desk-side tech support. 

Sometimes, it’s really handy to have a working version of the user’s actual operating system in front of you to show them what “should” be happening when their PC isn’t exhibiting the desired behavior. I used to use the OQO for this exact use (rest in peace, OQO).

As a very happy iPad/iPhone/MacBook Air user, I would have to admit this is something a Windows tablet would actually excel at. Of course, running Android 1.6 in 2011 is a travesty against nature. Someone should be taken out back and shot for that.

Yours truly,

Cory Siansky

The Emperor's New Gruber: Obama says Americans are great because "we don't have real long memories"

Wow! Echoing Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s sentiments that Americans are too stupid to realize that Obamacare traps them into higher taxes, Obama praised Americans for having memories too short to hold Democrats accountable in the next Presidential election.

here’s the video:

OBAMA: You know, they’re probably not going to be looking at me to campaign too much…One of the things about our society which is great, is that we don’t have real long memories. And, you know, we get, we get impatient for the next thing – it has worked for me before.

“It’s worked for me before.” Translation: I should have been impeached during my first term, but I got reelected instead.