The video of Trey Gowdy cross-examining Jonathan Gruber is for the ages. I have added this to what already is found below, but it speaks volumes. And at the end, there is a question asked by the Chairman that sums everything up on the left side of politics.
The Democrats, like all parties of the left, are still working on the principle that the people who support them really are stupid. This is about Gruber and Obamacare, but why could it not be Bill Shorten discussing the devastation that has taken place in the Australian economy since the ALP applied its stimulus:
“Let me be clear, I am extremely frustrated with Dr. Gruber’s statements,” Cummings continued. “They were irresponsibly, incredibly disrespectful, and did not reflect reality. And they were indeed insulting.”
“I was in Congress when this law was debated, and Dr. Gruber does not speak for me, or the chairman of the other committees who worked tirelessly on this bill,” he said. “We debated this legislation for nearly a year before it was finally passed and signed by the president! Never once did I believe or did anyone suggest that we were somehow hiding our goals from the American people.”
“But worst of all,” the ranking member concluded, “Dr. Gruber’s statements gave Republicans a public relations gift in their relentless political campaign to tear down the ACA and eliminate health care for millions of Americans!”
As for Australia, so far as the ALP is concerned, it matters not at all that they dug the hole which was specifically designed for the Coalition to fall into once it took government. They can now go on about the economic problems the country has, and harangue about every attempt to fix what they have done. They know the problems exist, how necessary it is to get things right and how intractable they are since they tried to fix them but couldn’t. But whatever they know, they are using the problems Abbott must deal with as reasons to get themselves back into government two years from now.
The assumption of cluelessness and the magic pudding must be very deeply built into how these people think about their supporters.