It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, the Golden Weasel!!
Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all slime-worthy, but in the end the winner was… the envelope please…
Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber!!
The Right Planet: Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, who bragged about deceiving the American people in order to get Obamacare passed. According to Mr. Gruber, Americans are just too stupid to know what’s good for them. Fortunately, for us, we have “experts” like Mr. Gruber to help save us from ourselves. That’s why the ends justifies the means, according to Mr. Gruber, et al. I guess the “most transparent administration in history” ain’t so transparent after all. Huh. Imagine that. Go figure. ALL HAIL THE EXPERT!
The Independent Sentinel: My choice for Weasel of the Week for lying about Obamacare and counting on a lack of transparency and the stupidity of the American people to pass it.
“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. In terms of risk rated subsidies, if you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed… Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass… Look, I wish Mark was right that we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
You have to absolutely love this week’s Weasel.
Gruber and his prog fascist chums put together a bill that was deliberately designed to be deceptive, murky and hard to understand… not that Congress was actually given time to read this monstrosity anyway. Then he did a little chest thumping about it with some of his lefty pals in academia and was outed when a video surfaced and went viral.
On Rowan Farrow’s MSNBC show, in true weasel fashion, Gruber ‘apologized’.
Not for causing millions of people to lose their healthcare, see the premiums and co-pays skyrocket to where they effectively had no coverage or are paying a lot more for a lot less coverage.
Not for causing the loss of thousands of jobs or the conversion of full time jobs into part time jobs with part time income.
Not for the huge loss of capital and man hours by businesses and individuals.
No, he apologized for bragging about it and getting caught.
Ah well, as Barack Obama would say, you won. So come up to the stage, Dr. Gruber.
Whatever do you mean, sir? No, of course we don’t actually have a specific Golden Weasel for you. You should have read the 1,500 page memorandum we sent you along with your invitation, where in the footnotes to section 3a, paragraph 2, subsection c, while it says a Golden Weasel will be awarded, it certainly doesn’t specify that it would be awarded here, on this specific date or to you, now does it?
Oh, now no need to get so upset. You know, we had to phrase it in an opaque, non-transparent fashion to get you to come tonight. Things like this always work better that way politically and if you spent money for transport, meals and a hotel thinking you were going to get a Golden Weasel here tonight, well, I guess you’re simply mistaken. Anyway, it’s all for the Greater Good and of course you can’t blame us if it didn’t go the way you assumed it would based on what we wrote. Although I have to admit, to paraphrase someone whose name I can’t quite recall just now, without the stupidity of some of our nominees, no Golden Weasels would ever be passed out. Or something like that.
Is that the kind of language they taught you to use at MIT, Dr. Gruber?
Well, there it is!
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