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VIDEO: Gruber Refuses To Answer How Much He Was Paid By OBAMA To Call Americans Stupid


“It’s never appropriate to try to make oneself seem more important or smarter by demeaning others. I knew better. I know better. I’m embarrassed, and I’m sorry,” Mr. Gruber, an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the House oversight committee this morning.

“Are you stupid?” Issa asked.”

“I don’t think so, no,” Gruber, slouched over the witness table, replied.

“Does MIT employ stupid people?”

“Not to my knowledge.”





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I had trouble remembering how to format a video.

Eeegads, it's been a while.
Dec 9, 2014 at 12:10 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
"Obamacare Chief Architect Is a Sneaky Imbecile"


Q. Do you have documents?
A. Do I own documents?
Q. Do you HAVE documents?
A. Yeah, I have documents.
Q. And you’re not willing to give them to us?
A. I have all sorts of documents. I have a piece of paper in front of me. I don’t understand--
Q. Documents that relate to the questions I just asked you, Mr. Gruber.
A. I have—
Q. Do you not understand the question?

Q. Who owns those documents? Who paid for them?
A. I’m not sure.

Q. Why do you believe you’re entitled to not give it to us?
A. I don’t know the rules of what—of how you produce documents."

Just stunning.
Dec 10, 2014 at 1:31 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
Hmmm... those look familiar ….

That said, this appeared in Forbes re: Gruber

GOP Miraculously Finds A Way To Blow The Gruber Hearings

Dec 11, 2014 at 7:13 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
That Forbes article was written by an uppity servant of the criminal elite, who spews forth his masters' wisdom under the name Rick Ungar. This hubris is as unmistakable as the fallacy he promotes:

"Congressman Michael Turner (R-Ohio) took his turn and was instantly apoplectic over the fact that Gruber would not, simply because he was asked, provide the state payment data the committee was requesting. Apparently, Turner believes that just because a Congressional committee asks, the witness is legally bound to respond, whether it violates his rights, his contracts or anything else."

Ungar is appalled that a mere congressional representative of people in Ohio would dare to even think they're entitled to answers in a hearing where the witness swore under penalty of perjury that he would tell the truth and the whole truth.

According to Ungar, the "whole truth" excludes the contracts of the witness.

Actually Mike Turner is right and Rick "Kowtow to my Masters" Ungar is wrong. The only grounds for refusing to testify is the 5th amendment right against self-incrimination, which Gruber never asserted. Ungar didn't cite any authority to support his implication that Gruber's contracts--which were with public (governmental) entities, not that that matters--because there isn't any.

Had Ungar researched the issue for 30 seconds--as opposed to taking dictation from his masters and slavishly publishing it without question--he would've learned the following:

"The privilege does not allow a witness to refuse to answer a question because the response may expose the witness to civil liability, social disgrace, loss of status, or loss of private employment. A witness may not claim the privilege on the grounds that an answer or document may incriminate a third party: it may be declared only by the witness for the witness."


If Gruber really believed that his documents included some truly sensitive data requiring confidentiality (say, trade secrets, though it's nearly impossible to imagine what data Gruber used for public purposes would have qualified), he could have asked for permission to file his documents under seal with the committee, or for an in camera inspection.

Gruber did neither. He refused to testify, in direct violation of his testimonial oath. Of course Kowtowing Rich Ungar doesn't mention that, because his masters think the rules don't apply to them.

Ungar is a bootlicker and a moron.
Dec 11, 2014 at 8:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterCheyenne
You'd think that with a mortgage free house, Lew could afford a hair cut that makes him look less than a stooge. http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4526193/rep-schock-questions-treasury-secretary-jack-lew
Feb 4, 2015 at 6:06 AM | Unregistered Commenterskinflint
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Apr 26, 2015 at 9:13 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Dear God John, why the hell did that guy do that? Eff that. Sheesh.
Apr 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM | Unregistered Commenterskinflint
I couldn't believe my eyeballs when I watched that Skin. I thought for sure he would chicken out and that was a small one too…

Apr 27, 2015 at 6:41 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
You don't say. Just when I thought it was safe to go out on a credit card induced binge.
May 14, 2015 at 8:32 PM | Unregistered Commenterskinflint
The fat contemptable non cherry coke taster who screws young whore reporters
While keeping a pulse on the economy who also happens to be a grifter of government largesse who obviously disdains those who he has contributed enormously to their suffering.
Jun 5, 2015 at 8:39 PM | Unregistered Commenterskinflint
The birthplace of democracy. Despite a referendum voted on by the populace, Greece accepts the terms of this God forsaken Euro bailout. They should have left the Eurozone and hired their own mercenary army ala Iceland. Given a raft of worthless paper on a sea of incomprehensible debt, Greece will flounder like a slave ship run aground. May God almighty have mercy on the Greek people.
Jul 13, 2015 at 1:25 PM | Unregistered Commenterskinflint
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