Gruber: The Lies That Led to ObamaCare

Gruber: The Lies That Led to ObamaCare
by JBS President John F. McManus

If a conservative, or even a mere Republican, had made the statements Professor Jonathan Gruber freely delivered at a policy forum a year ago, he or she would have been repudiated by the mass media, shunned by colleagues, and sent out to some pasture. Instead, liberal mouthpieces have excused or ignored what he said as they went about pouring his remarks into their favorite memory hole.

Gruber is a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he had a played a key role in crafting the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare. A year ago, well after ObamaCare had been approved by Congress and given a pass by the Supreme Court, he participated in a panel at Stonehill College, a small Catholic institution located about 30 miles south of Boston. His pronouncements were videotaped and have just now appeared on the Internet. I’m sure he and the Obama team wish either that he’d never said what he uttered or that the videotape would never have surfaced.

He first of all admitted to a lack of full disclosure when the law was being considered. “I wish we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.” Obviously, not all aspects of the law were truthfully presented, and lying is now termed a lack of transparency. Gruber added that had it been stated that “healthy people are going to pay in, it would not have passed.” Then, he said, “… this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes.” If the CBO realized that it was a tax measure, which is what the Supreme Court eventually said it was, “the bill dies.” And he went further, stating that the bill was “written to do that.” To do what? “To keep the fact that it is a tax from being known.” So much for complete disclosure!

The deceitful professor went on to admit further deceitfulness and even to insult the American people. He stated: “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 to get for the thing to pass.” Maybe some people are stupid (the ones who don’t vote?), but where were the supposedly tough members of the mass media when ObamaCare had yet to become law?

ObamaCare should be known as government’s takeover of one-seventh of the nation’s economy. The finest health-care system anywhere on earth is in the process of being destroyed by government. Is it constitutional? Only if one can find the words “medical,” “medical care,” or “medicine” in the Constitution. But none of these words are there.

ObamaCare ought to be cancelled. Republican majorities in both houses of Congress must realize that a prime reason why they scored so well in the 2014 elections happens to be non-stupid voter dislike (should we say “abhorrence”) of the government’s move into this critically important arena. Contact House Speaker John Boehner and incoming Senate Majority Leader McConnell and let them know they were lied to by promoters of ObamaCare, and add that you resent one of its architects calling you and other American voters stupid.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mr. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966 and has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.


What to Do About Government Economic Fraud

What to Do About Government Economic Fraud
by JBS President John F. McManus

Paul Singer manages the hedge fund Elliott Management. He’s a billionaire and has helped those who invest with him to reap substantial gains. In a recent message he sent to the fund’s clients, he stated:

Paul Singer of Elliot Management. Photo from Forbes.

Nobody can predict how long government can get away with fake growth, fake money, fake jobs, fake financial stability, fake inflation numbers and fake income growth…. We do not think optimism is warranted, and we think a lot of the data is cooked or misleading.

Is Singer correct? The New York Times published a denial from Jesse Eisinger, a reporter for the independent new provider Pro Publica. Eisinger could hardly be more dismissive of the claims issued by Mr. Singer.

Who’s right and who’s wrong? We tend to side with Singer. We do so because of numerous phony claims issued by government. For instance, the unemployment rate claimed by officialdom doesn’t include people who have given up finding a job or others who were formerly employed full-time and are now able to find only part-time jobs. Counting part-time employment as real employment when the people involved want a steady job is deceitful. Real unemployment is likely twice the figure given by government.

In addition, government relies on a fraudulent definition of inflation – that it is rising prices. Even then, what’s in the “basket” of goods whose costs are totaled in the Consumer Price Index is regularly changed in order to reflect government’s reassuring claims. But inflation is an increase in the quantity of currency – the making of newly created dollars that have no backing and derive their value by lessening the value of everyone’s dollars. Ask a supermarket shopper whether it costs more dollars to shop each month and you’ll get a good lesson in what inflation truly is.

As for growth, U.S. manufacturing wealth creation is way down, and so is income growth. When the value of the dollar shrinks by an amount that even a raise in pay doesn’t cover, there’s no growth – except in the true rate of inflation.

In recent years, the Federal Reserve has waged war on the dollar with a program dubbed Quantitative Easing. That’s a clever name for a thieving process that creates dollars out of nothing and floods a favored few with them. But Q.E. is inflation pure and simple. It may have helped some “too big to fail” friends of the Fed to survive. But meanwhile, the American people continued to face higher prices, fewer jobs, and deceitful statistics.

So the conclusions reached by Paul Singer are worth consideration.

What to do about this? Start with an audit of the Fed, a demand recently made by 333 members of the U.S. House that awaits approval in the Senate. Unfortunately, the Senate will be led by Harry Reid until January when a new measure will have to be generated by the House and then sent to the Senate again. Maybe then, it will get the respect it deserves.

If the full truth about the Fed were known, public sentiment aimed at having it abolished would mushroom. Then, there would be moves to end deficit spending and cut back the size of government to what is authorized by the Constitution. Eliminating unconstitutional agencies and bureaus (education, energy, housing, medical care, foreign aid, and more) would be a boon to the nation. Also, Congress should put an end to creation of so-called “free trade” agreements that make it advantageous for businesses to flee the U.S. for cheap labor overseas. Finally, demand truth from government officials – all of them right up to and including the President.

The course our country is on amounts to suicide. Those who provide the fake data and the cooked books are steering America into a world government. Some honesty about that would help to bring about needed corrective actions and guarantee continued existence of our nation, free and independent.


Mr. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966 and has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.


2014 Election Polling Takes a Well-Deserved Hit

2014 Election Polling Takes a Well-Deserved Hit
by JBS President John F. McManus

There’s a very welcome result of the 2014 elections. Simply stated, the pollsters were wrong and many of them have been discredited. In case after case, and in widely scattered parts of the nation, what the pollsters predicted was far from what the voters decided.

2014 U.S. Senate Election Results, image from ElectionProjection.com

Faulty polling in Senate contests was rampant. In Kansas, polls predicted an easy win for Independent candidate Greg Orman. He lost to incumbent Pat Roberts and it wasn’t even close. A poll in North Carolina had incumbent Kay Hagan beating State Senator Thom Tillis, but Tillis won by almost 50,000 votes. In Louisiana, incumbent Mary Landrieu had the benefit of running against two opponents and the pollsters expected her to score heavily. She barely outran Republican Bill Cassidy and will now face him in a December run-off where she is expected to lose.

In other races, the margin of victory for several GOP senators greatly exceeded what the polls predicted. Iowa’s Republican Joni Ernst trampled Bruce Brayley when polls predicted a cliff hanger. Arkansas voters pulled their levers far more for Republican Tom Cotton than the predictors claimed. Ditto for GOP winners David Perdue in Georgia and Cory Gardner in Colorado. In Virginia, the polls had incumbent Mark Warner with a double-digit percentage but he barely squeaked by Ed Gillespie.

Pollsters were also wrong in governor races in Maryland, Illinois, and Florida. In House races won by Republicans, many of the predictions were either dead wrong or far from the lopsided result expected.

The chance that polling data might actually influence voters, the goal of some polling, has declined over the years. This is good. People now seem to realize that many pollsters have an agenda and are more interested in shaping public opinion than reporting it. Over the years, how many Americans would have valued polls taken by George Gallup or Elmo Roper if they knew that these two polling pioneers were members of the liberal and internationalist Council on Foreign Relations? Unfortunately, using polls to shape opinions rather than report actual thinking has become a science. Clever wording of questions, arbitrary selection of those polled, even lying about polling results helps to distort actual public attitudes.

In his 1995 book, “Call the Briefing,” former presidential press secretary Marlin Fitzwater revealed that a plan had been created to quietly concoct results from a never-taken poll in order to manufacture a need to dump Dan Quayle as the running mate for George H.W. Bush’s try for reelection in 1992. Secretary of State James Baker and campaign manager Robert Teeter deviously produced the made-up result to show that Quayle was a drag on the ticket. Fitzwater wrote that the President’s son, George W. Bush, was in on the plot. But the plotters never followed through on their totally dishonest plan and Quayle wasn’t dumped. How many similarly fraudulent polls have been created, and used, is anyone’s guess.

Like television, polling is not inherently evil. How a poll is formulated, how it is used, and how much weight it is given determines its worth. Sometimes, pollsters produce extremely accurate forecasts of how the public feels. Oftentimes, they are way off the mark. Relying on them amounts to allowing someone else to make up your mind. Letting a poll shape one’s opinion is an absurdity.

The faulty results of 2014’s polling should convince more Americans to do their own thinking and not become swayed by a poll – even an honest one.


Mr. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966 and has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.


Hard-to-Believe Treachery in Nigeria

Hard-to-Believe Treachery in Nigeria
by JBS President John F. McManus

A few months ago, in mid-April to be precise, 276 girls and young women were kidnapped from a boarding school in a remote part of Nigeria known as Chibok. Plenty of worldwide outrage followed, especially because the perpetrators of the deed were militant Islamists claiming to be in league with al Qaeda. They call their organization Boko Haram which in our language translates to “Western education is sinful.”

“Abubakar Shekau is the leader of the Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which been behind a deadly insurgency in the north-east of the country for the last five years.” (Photo and caption from BBC News).

As is customary no matter what heinous crime is committed, much of the outrage has cooled and the incident is no longer featured in newspaper headlines or on the major TV news programs. Approximately 50 of the schoolgirls have escaped and found their way back to their families. They told of being forced to marry, convert to Islam, and perform menial tasks for the Boko Haram warriors. In a videotaped message released in late October, Abubakar Shekau, the group’s leader, boastfully and sneeringly stated, “If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you … to die from grief. The issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long ago married them off.”

Surrounded by his masked and armed fighters waving the black and white flag of Al Qaeda, Shekau added: “You people should understand that we only obey Allah; we tread the path of the prophet. We hope to die on this path…. Our goal is the garden of eternal bliss.” He insisted that the only interest Boko Haram has is “battle, hitting, striking, and killing with the gun, which we look forward to like a tasty meal.”

Marc-Antoine Perouse de Montclos, a French scholar who has studied Boko Haram, notes that the area dominated by these militants is in the northeast portion of Nigeria where marauders seeking slaves and booty have long operated. A researcher based at the London-based Royal Institute for International Affairs, de Montclos stated, “Domestic slaves were used as currency, much like cattle, or as a way to extract ransom or settle disputes.” Human Rights Watch estimates that Boko Haram has abducted as many as 500 women and girls since the group began its carnage in 2009.

The Nigerian government recently claimed to have engineered a cease-fire with the Boko Haram militants. But Shekau completely rejects such an arrangement. Meanwhile, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been severely criticized for doing essentially nothing to stop the outrage. Mr. Jonathan is based in faraway Lagos, Nigeria’s capital, where women and girls are safer and there is no threat from Boko Haram.

Reports continue about other militant Islamists in ISIS beheading someone in Syria, committing mass murder elsewhere, and moving steadily toward capture of Iraqi cities. It is certainly true that only a minuscule percentage of Muslim believers participates in these kinds of crimes, just as it is true that only an isolated version of such activity has been carried out in the United States. The massacre at Fort Hood, wrongly deemed by officialdom as “workplace violence,” fits an ominous pattern. Now that Republicans have control of the Senate, will they work together with the House to ensure immigration laws are enforced to avoid a Boko Haram here?


Mr. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966 and has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.


UN Power Grows Like a Thief in the Night

UN Power Grows Like a Thief in the Night
by JBS President John F. McManus

For many years, U.S. leaders have been transferring our nation’s independence to the United Nations. Their goal, and certainly the goal of the UN’s founders and current leaders, is a world government dominating the planet. If the process continues, nations will continue to exist but only on paper. All power will have been ceded to the “House that Hiss built” (Alger Hiss being the traitorous American correctly cited as the most important founder of the world body).

Learn more about the United Nations at our Get US Out! of the United Nations Action Project page.

When President Obama decided to unleash American war planes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria (and create a new war for our country), he didn’t ask Congress for a formal declaration of war as called for by the U.S. Constitution. He completely bypassed Congress and pointed to the October 16, 2002 congressional authorization for war against Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. Neither the fact that the Hussein government no longer exists nor the further fact that ISIS and Al Qaeda are not the same seem to matter.

Looking back to 2002 and the run up to the second war against Iraq, we see that one month prior to getting Congress to approve the action, President George W. Bush spoke at UN headquarters and formally requested Security Council authorization for the conflict he was planning.

One day after the 2003 war against Iraq began, U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte informed the president of the UN Security Council via formal letter that the “actions being taken are authorized under existing Security Council Resolutions, including its resolutions 678 (1990) and 687 (1991).” Those resolutions were already more than two decades old.

Summing up: The war against ISIS, newly named “Operation Inherent Resolve” by the U.S. Defense Department, is actually authorized by United Nations Security Council resolutions issued 23 and 24 years ago. Those resolutions targeted Hussein’s Iraq which no longer exists, and the same can be said for Saddam Hussein himself. Evidently, the U.S. can go to war against anyone by referring to older UN resolutions.

There’s an important principle that all Americans should consider. It is that one seeks authorization from a superior, not an inferior. The superior in this instance is the United Nations; the inferior is the United States.

This outrageous transfer of U.S. independence to the UN didn’t begin yesterday. It started when President Harry Truman responded to a UN Security Council resolution in June 1950 and sent U.S. forces to Korea. Knowing that he lacked the required declaration of war, he termed the use of U.S. forces a “police action.” Only a few members of Congress complained that the Constitution was being ignored and our nation’s war power was being transferred to the UN.

Subsequent wars in which U.S. forces have fought and died have always included UN authorization: Vietnam War by the UN subsidiary SEATO, 1991 Iraq War by UN, 2003 Iraq War by UN, and Afghanistan War now directed by UN subsidiary NATO. There have been other lesser remembered conflicts such as those in Bosnia and Libya, each given the go-ahead by the UN’s NATO.

All of this amounts to incremental transfer of the power to make war, a fundamental mark of independence, to the world body. Like a silent but menacing thief in the night, UN power continues to grow. The only sensible solution to this enormously dangerous situation is for the U.S. to withdraw from the United Nations. The sooner , the better. Let Congress know.


Mr. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966 and has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.


Isn’t It Puzzling?

Isn’t It Puzzling?
by JBS President John F. McManus

The following puzzling assessments of life within the United States came to our attention anonymously.  We salute the author who not only writes capably but does excellent thinking.  He or she calls the items listed below conundrums, a well-chosen term for what follows.

While welfare was not eliminated in his tenure, President Reagan’s rhetoric was accurate in this example. Image from ConvictionsofFaith.com.

1. America is condemned for being capitalist and greedy but half the population is subsidized.

2. The subsidized half of the population believes they are victims.

3. The victims believe they are denied basic rights but they have the largest representation in Congress.

4. Their representatives run the government while government statistics claim the poor among us continue to get poorer.

5. The people who are classified poor enjoy much that people in other countries only dream about.

6. The poor who have what people in other countries dream about want America to be more like where those dreamers live.

We publish these thoughts at the risk of being labeled unthinking, cruel, contemptuous, or some other pejorative. But we also hope that these conundrums get some Americans to do some better thinking. Maybe some will even escape from the dominant liberalism spewed forth by government, the mass media, educational institutions, even churches.

Our nation is running out of time to reverse course and get back the kind of soundness that made it the envy of the world. There is much work ahead for anyone who wishes to be involved in creating the needed reversal. The first step is to get involved by joining The John Birch Society.


Mr. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966 and has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.


Stop Legalizing Same Sex Marriage!

Stop Legalizing Same Sex Marriage!
by JBS President John F. McManus

There are, of course, many who insist that conferring legitimacy on same-sex marriage is perfectly proper, even overdue. Permit this writer to label the idea absurd, even an attack on civilization itself.

“Supporters of traditional marriage rallied Tuesday in downtown San Diego outside the Federal Courthouse one day after those in favor of same sex marriage rallied in the same spot.” (Fox5 San Diego)

If marriage between two men or two women is legal, even fostered by some in government, then the question ought to arise about how such a departure from previous norms became accepted. The answer is that there has been a turning away from traditional moors by the people, and the emergence of activist judges, even within the highest court in the land, who claim power to set their own rules for the conduct of fellow Americans, or who wink at the discarding of previous norms by their judicial partners.

One can only wonder what will be next. Will polygamy and polyandry be accepted? Will children be targeted? Will any sanctions against what has always been considered aberrant behavior be cast aside?

In just a few years, the nation has gone from a strict view of traditional marriage to open season on its actual meaning. With a large margin, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), but the Supreme Court voided it. State after state has bowed to pressure from the homosexual lobby and given a green light to what had previously been termed abominable. Then, in October 2014, the Supreme Court turned its back on marriage by refusing to stop lower court federal judges from canceling existing state laws against the procedure.

Which brings us to the question: Is there any recourse for those who value the traditional moors that have always characterized this nation and Western civilization itself? And the answer is that there are some steps that can be taken – but only if there are enough concerned Americans who demand that leaders take them.

First, there has to be a realization that members of the judicial branch have no authorization to make law. Those who do so should be labeled “judicial activists” and barred from meddling where they have no authorization.

Second, the Constitution’s Article III, Section 1 grants Congress power to abolish federal district courts (called “inferior Courts”) and to remove from office any judges who do not adhere to “good behavior.” Judicial activism is a prime example of bad behavior.

Third, The Constitution’s Article III, Section 2 grants Congress power to limit the court’s jurisdiction over whatever topics it chooses. Congress could have forbidden the federal courts from having anything to say about abortion. In like manner, Congress has the power to tell the Supreme Court and all federal courts that they have no say in marriage.

Will Congress use its constitutional powers to reverse the advances that threaten to overturn the moral base of the great experiment known as America? It’s up to U.S. citizens to push hard for members of the House and Senate to do exactly that.

In 1821, more than a decade after he had left office as President, Thomas Jefferson spoke out about usurpation of authority by the courts. He stated:

It has long, however, been my opinion … that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal judiciary …working like gravity by day and by night, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped from the States, and the government of all shall be consolidated into one. To this I am opposed; because when all government shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided … and will become as venal and oppressive as the government [of King George] from which we separated.

The Jeffersonian warning surely applies today.


Mr. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966 and has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.


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