Dr. Jonathan Gruber, a MIT professor who received his Ph.D from Harvard, claimed he was just trying to “look smart” when he called American voters “stupid.”
In a congressional hearing today, the Obamacare architect was asked by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) what he meant when he said Obamacare passed due to the “stupidity of the American voter.”
“When I said that, I was at an economics conference being glib and quite frankly trying to make myself look smart by insulting others,” he claimed.
Gruber’s curriculum vitae is 17 pages long. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 1992. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2004 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.
And now he’s claiming he worries about not looking smart enough?
Rep. Gowdy pointed out that Gruber only distanced himself from his previous comments after the first video showing his contempt for average Americans went viral.
“Professor Gruber, …it looks like from this vantage point, you thought that [the comments] were very pithy and very funny until the video showed up,” Rep. Gowdy stated. “Even then, it took you a little while to apologize.”
“What I’m struggling with is whether your apology is because you said it or because you meant it.”
Gruber must really believe Americans are stupid if he thinks they will believe a Harvard Ph.D worries about not looking smart enough and will accept his apology conveniently given once his name hit the headlines.
This is how authoritarians like Gruber think. To them, it’s okay to lie to “stupid Americans” and withhold information from them because the public shouldn’t be making decisions to begin with.
Gruber sees himself as a member of the “specialized class” responsible for making political and economic decisions, such as Obamacare, because they believe the public’s “too stupid” to make decisions for themselves.
Political commentator and journalist Walter Lippmann called this “spectator democracy” in which citizens are mere spectators, not participants, in public policy managed by a tiny elite.
“The compelling moral principle [behind it] is that the mass of the public are just too stupid to be able to understand things,” Noam Chomsky wrote in describing Lippmann’s views.