I make no apologies for this post, which may appear, by Allegheny Treasures standards, somewhat off topic.
To the contrary, this post has everything to do with the effort made in this little blog to call for an open and transparent analysis of the industrial wind business, its true environmental impact, its questionable contribution to the reduction of emissions and its potential for serving as an economical and reliable energy source for the future.
In the video following, admissions made by MIT’s Jonathan Gruber, a “key figure” in the construction of the Affordable Care Act, should stun each and every citizen of this country, regardless of party affiliation. The assault on American citizens as stupid pawns, and the use of transparency as a political weapon by which we can, and should in their estimation, be manipulated is beyond disgraceful. That this elitist so openly contends it is appropriate to deceive us for our own good, suggests to me that this willingness to deceive is not an isolated case but, in fact, likely systemic.
First the 53 second video:
Note these comments from the video:
“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. So it was written to do that.”
Isn’t this obviously condoned ploy to deceive the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, by extension, a deception of Congress itself … perhaps with assistance of some members of that very body? If so, one might ask if it is now legal to lie, deceive or obstruct Congress. Further, by intentionally mixing terms (fees/taxes) to cloud the issue, was the Supreme Court also deceived? If so, is that action suddenly legal?
“In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you get a law which said healthy people are gonna pay in — you made explicit that healthy people were gonna pay in and sick people get money — it would not have passed.”
More deceit, but this time the victim is the American Citizen. Of course, any thinking person should have realized that, with all its earthly power, the Federal Government has not mastered the “loaves and fishes” miracle. The money has to come from somewhere, but we’re not trusted to participate in a decision regarding our own money?
“… lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”
So deception is “critical to getting the thing to pass?” One could easily substitute “any governmental supported adventure” for the “thing” in this terribly offensive comment and if, as implied, this ploy is generally accepted practice among those who are supposed to look out for our interest, it cannot stand. There must be no tolerance for anyone acting in such a manner or the individuals enabling the action.
Full transparency can be toxic for government supported adventures, especially those which yield marginal returns for Citizens, yet exceptional returns for the government agencies, politicians and industries which rely on taxpayer dollars for their livelihood.
This is particularly true of the exceptionally profitable subsidy industry. The subsidy industry – a government/industrial complex in which taxpayers are required to fund companies in order that they can profit by marketing their product to consumers – often rewards the power brokers with campaign contributions, lucrative second careers in the private sector and other “benefits” befitting their position as keeper of the bottomless purse. (By the way, you’re not supposed to notice that the taxpayers and consumers are, for the most part, one and the same.)
And finally: “Look, I wish Mark was right, we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”
In perhaps this most damning comment, you could easily substitute “American Citizen” for this fellow “Mark.” What Mr. Gruber is, perhaps unwittingly, suggesting is that while we idealistic folks who believe in our government may be entitled to know what is really going on, Mr. Gruber and his elitist friends deem us to stupid to know what we need. Therefore, it is not only their right to deceive, but an obligation to do so in order to save us from our own stupid selves. I suspect this misguided concept is the driving force which not only justifies lying to us, but the US Congress and the US Supreme Court, as well.
So yes, this post may seem off topic … but I feel industries receiving support from our government agencies, be it taxpayer funding or regulatory directive, and the agencies which are supposed to oversee these profit based industries, must be fully transparent and accountable to the citizens of this country.
Allegheny Treasures has long held the position that no profit-based business should receive taxpayer subsidies, and that includes the Production Tax Credit for Wind , which will surely be considered by Congress again soon.
We believe that preventing government from doling out taxpayer dollars places the burden of financial support for these private companies right back where it belongs – private investors. And guess what, before you get their money, private investors require full transparency!
UPDATE: Adding insult to injury, it appears Mr. Gruber was paid nearly $400,000.00 as an “architect” of Affordable Care Act. What I find particularly disgusting is that Mr. Gruber gloats about deceiving the very taxpayers who were paying his salary at the time. If this isn’t illegal, it is certainly must be, at the very least, unethical! And he remains a professor at a major university??? Really???