Perhaps you have heard the joke about how many people work in government. The punch line is, “I don’t know how many people work in government, but I can tell you how many are employed by the government.” Federal, state, and local governments employ a lot of people, whether they work or not is another question. But one thing is certain: once employed by the government, too many people forget that their real employer is the American taxpayer. In fact, once employed by the government, a lot of bureaucrats develop an attitude of contempt for the American taxpayers they are employed to serve and who pay their salaries.
This contempt reveals itself in a variety of ways—ways that anyone who has to do business with the federal has experienced. For example, have you ever walked into a government office and been treated like an unwelcome annoyance—an unpleasant interruption to some bureaucrat’s day? Have you ever dealt with a government office that required so much bureaucratic red tape you just gave up and said “never mind”? Have you ever called a government office for assistance on some issue only to be treated like an insignificant drone? Have you ever needed medical treatment at a V.A. clinic and had to wait for months or even years to get it? Have you ever compared the intent of a piece of legislation passed by elected officials to how it is actually implemented by government bureaucrats?
Anyone who has dealt with the government knows what it feels like to be treated dismissively, but recently even those who are fortunate enough to avoid dealing with the government got an inside look at how bureaucrats view the American public. Thanks to either the unusual honesty or condescending snobbery of Jonathan Gruber, the American public got a taste of how contemptuous government bureaucrats can be toward those of us whose taxes pay their salaries or, in the case of quasi-bureaucrats like Gruber, their absurdly exorbitant consulting fees.
Concerning the “tyranny” of government bureaucracies in TOWNHALL, January, 2015, Noah Rothman wrote: “In November, an anonymous investment advisor doing the work the mainstream press abdicated revealed that Gruber, a handsomely paid advisor to state and federal governments on health policy matters, had developed the bad habit of expressing his unvarnished thoughts openly and honestly.” What were some of Gruber’s thoughts about the American people and the Obama administration’s legacy healthcare legislation—the misnamed Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Here are just a few of them in Gruber’s own words:
- “If you have a law that makes explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it wouldn’t have passed.” In other words, had the Obama administration, the Democrats in Congress, and liberal propagandists in the mainstream media told the American public the truth about Obamacare Congress would not have passed the enabling legislation that its members never even bothered to read. Actually, Obamacare would have passed even if the American public knew the truth about it because it was passed on a strictly partisan vote by elitist Democrats who care little for what the American people think. Those of us who do not rely on mainstream media propagandists or the words of a president we know has only a passing acquaintance with the truth knew we were being lied to. Our opposition was why Republicans refused to support the ACA.
- “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 critical to getting the thing to pass.” A revealing statement is it not? “Lack of transparency” is just a politically correct, softer way to say So, according to Professor Gruber, the Obama administration lied to gain political advantage and sees no problem with having done so. Further, we—the American public—are too stupid to know that we are being lied to. Oh really? If we are so stupid, why was it necessary for President Obama to lie in the first place? Further, if we are so stupid why did President Obama fail to garner even one Republican vote for a healthcare bill that was based on lies?
- “It’s a very clever, you know, basic exploitation of the lack of economic understanding of the American voter.” So, the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats think it is “clever” to exploit the American people through misinformation. So did Adolph Hitler and Joseph Goebbels, at least until their deceit came crashing down around them and their country lay in ruins as a result of their lies. Once again Professor Gruber is not as smart as he thinks he is and we aren’t nearly as “stupid” as he claims we are. The majority of the American public saw right through the lies Obama and his minions told about the ACA and were vocally opposed to its passage. If we were really as “stupid” as Professor Gruber thinks we are, the Obama administration would not have had to muscle the ACA through Congress on a strict party-line vote.
Professor Gruber’s words just confirmed what any thinking person in America already knows: government bureaucrats and their liberal counterparts in elective offices view the American people with complete disdain and contempt. But we are not quite as dumb as they think we are. If Gruber, Obama, and government bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. really believe that Americans are “stupid,” I encourage them to analyze the results of the recent mid-term elections. There are a lot of Democratic politicians who agreed with Professor Gruber that the American public is “stupid” who are now unemployed. If the throw-the-bums-out trend that started in November continues through 2016, the next people to find themselves in the unemployment line will be government bureaucrats who, like Professor Gruber, hold Americans in contempt. Yes, it is difficult to fire a government bureaucrat, but if we can manage to have a Republican controlled House, Senate, and White House in 2017, perhaps we can just eliminate some of the unnecessary government agencies that employ them.