Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wildean about you

In The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde has his protagonist double down on an insult by saying something along the lines of, I apologize for the intelligence of my remarks. I'd forgotten you were a member of parliament.

Which is pretty much the tactic that Professor Jonathan Gruber followed in his testimony before Darryl Issa and his committee this morning. As it's pretty clear he still thinks everyone is stupid except him.

His latest revision and extension of his remarks being, that the law congress had passed--the PPACA (aka Obamacare)--that required the federal government to establish health care exchanges in states that declined that honor didn't mean what it said. Or something.

Under pointed questioning, Gruber persisted in claiming he wasn't a politician. That holding mutually contradictory ideas in his head at the same time just comes naturally to MIT economists. Or something.

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