Professor Gruber, in his loose-tongued glee at having deluded and cheated the American public, has given us an insight into the processes and philosophies underlying the federal legislative process. Lack of transparency is the key. Never ever let the people know what you're really doing to them.
In his 2012 remarks in Rhode Island, Professor Gruber was applauding the fact that then-Massachusetts Senator John Kerry had appended to the Unaffordble Care Act the infamous "Cadillac tax," a 40% excise tax on insurance companies for plans that cost more than $10,200 for individuals and $27,000 for families. Thus, Professor Gruber was luxuriating in the fact that Senator Kerry had, out-of-sight of the taxpayers, succeeded in hammering yet another coffin-nail into the casket of Socialistic egalitarianism being built in Washingron DC for the interment of the American republic.
Another critical component of the federal legislative process, as revealed by Professor Gruber, is reliance on the stupidity of the American voter. But, although I'm sure it would surprise Professor Gruber and the overwhelming majority of Washington lawbreakers, American voters are not stupid; they are only lethargic.
Lethargy, of course, effects the same end result as stupidity, so Professor Gruber may be excused for confusing the two. But the difference is not academic. Stupidity is inherent; lethargy is reparable. Lethargy can be fixed. Furthermore, we know what causes it.
If there is any downside to success, it is relaxation. There is an almost suicidal proclivity in the human psyche to assume the perpetuity of any current situation. We assume that our jobs, emotional relationships in which we are involved, and the prevailing political climate will last forever.
But there is no continuity in reality. The demands of your job are continually changing, the dimensions of your emotional relationships are always shifting as people grow and evolve, and the political climate is never stable – and never benign!
Behind all the political theater emanating from Washington DC is this one incontrovertible fact: politics is the art of lying to facilitate theft and then lying about it. The original thirteen States were well aware of this fact, which is why they demanded a Bill of Rights, restricting the powers of the federal government, be written and placed within the Constitution before they would sign onto it.
Free men can never afford to relax – not if they want to remain free. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, because there will always be the forces of evil, foreign and domestic, anxious to capitalize on our disinterest and indifference. And the greater of those evil forces is domestic.