Is Gruber the Armstrong Williams of the Obama administration?

posted at 9:25 am on January 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

When it turned out that Armstrong Williams took money from the Bush administration to espouse its education policies in his columns, a torrent of condemnations resulted for his failure to disclose his financial relationship with the White House.  That scorn came from both Left and Right, including myself, and I made the point that government-paid shills hiding in the media amounted to a propaganda campaign that Americans should never tolerate.

But what if the propaganda artist didn’t just hide in the media, but also in government statements supporting its policies?  Last night Allahpundit noted that MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber made media rounds to espouse ObamaCare without ever mentioning to reporters that he was getting a cool $300K from the administration for the kind of work normally done by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) .  As it turns out, the OMB didn’t see him much as a competitor, as Megan McArdle reports at The Atlantic.  They posted his supportive quotes without any indication that Gruber was a paid consultant, instead casting his statements as independent analysis:

The standard is even higher for people who are taking public funds, and not only Professor Gruber, but the administration had a responsibility to disclose the relationship.  Yet a post on the OMB blog signed by Peter Orszag cited Brownstein’s Gruber quotes without mentioning the relationship.

Not only did Orszag tout Gruber on his blog, but he also touted Gruber to other reporters while scolding them for their skepticism over ObamaCare.  The Hill reported this six weeks ago, when Orszag griped about “loosey-goosey” criticism of the Senate’s bill just before Thanksgiving:

“The folks who have done that kind of reporting come to a much different conclusion instead of a kind of ‘loosey goosey, let’s talk about things in the air instead of what’s in the legislation,’” Orszag said. …

Orszag’s push back against the GOP attacks came ahead of next week’s Senate debate on the healthcare bill.

Orszag touted the praise for the bill from health economists in academia, a former Congressional Budget Office director and economists who worked in President George W. Bush’s administration. The health experts were all cited in recent stories by The Atlantic’s Ron Brownstein and the Times’ David Leonhardt.

In Brownstein’s story, Jonathan Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said he had been a skeptic of past health reform bills but that he found the latest Senate legislation to be the “best effort anyone has ever made” at reining in costs.

And speaking of Orszag, did anyone notice that Gruber’s CV shows four separate papers the two have written together?  Could that be the reason why Gruber won this consulting contract with HHS, which duplicates work that taxpayers already fund by the CMS, on a no-bid contract?  The rationale from HHS is:

Dr. Gruber is uniquely positioned to provide the analytic work ASPE requires based on over 15 years of experience in health care and health policy. Dr. Gruber is a recognized expert in health policy in economics including being widely published in peer-reviewed academic and health policy literature on the effects of changes in health benefit designs on the cost of enrollment in health insurance. Moreover, in order to estimate the impacts, Dr. Gruber developed a proprietary statistically sophisticated micro-simulation model that has the flexibility to ascertain the distribution of changes in health care spending and public and private sector health care costs due to a large variety of changes in health insurance benefit design, public program eligibility criteria, and tax policy. This model has been used for other health reform proposal. Finally, Dr. Gruber’s ongoing work with ASPE, using these proprietary models to help inform the Office of Health Reform, strongly positions him to meet HHS’ requirements the most efficiently, which is a key requirement in order for well-developed legislative proposals to be put forth for Congressional consideration as soon as possible.

Apparently, no other economist in the US has ever studied health-care costs in depth, according to HHS.  Or, perhaps as likely, Orszag arranged a $300K no-bid contract for a buddy, then hid the relationship in order to promote him as an independent voice that just so happened to support administration policy.

Heads should roll for this, and Orszag’s should be the first, and that’s not just because he’s managed to screw up for the entire year.  This is not incompetence — it’s corruption.

Update: That wasn’t Gruber’s only federal contract, either.  Gruber had a $284,000 project with NIH to study Medicare Part D, a follow-on from a 2008 contract on the same topic.

Update II: The work done by Gruber is normally done by CMS, not OMB; I’ve corrected it above.  It’s worth noting that CMS had a different opinion about ObamaCare than Gruber did.

Update III: Tom Maguire looks at faux disclosure at the New York Times.


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Nah … it’s “business as usual”.

gh on January 9, 2010 at 9:29 AM

I fart in Gruber’s general direction.

That’s about all the outrage I can build up anymore.

uknowmorethanme on January 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Standard Operating Administration at it;s lowest.
elections can not come soon enough.

hawkman on January 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Nothing to see here.. Move along…

More “quality” work by the Gang who couldn’t shoot straight…

Khun Joe on January 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM

If he set up the no bid contract he should be prosecuted and summarily executed just as any other terrorist to the American people should be.

tim c on January 9, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Is Gruber the Armstrong Williams of the Obama administration?

Yes, he is. But you won’t see the lefty teeth-gnashing or hear the mainstream media (with the possible exception of Fox) dutifully reporting it. You’ll only hear criticism in places like this, and silence from anyplace else.

The ends justify the means with these people, and the country be damned.

JeffWeimer on January 9, 2010 at 9:37 AM

a no-bid contract?

ChimpyMcBusHitlerCheneyHAAAAAAAAAAALIBURTON!!!!!!!!!

RINO in Name Only on January 9, 2010 at 9:37 AM

This is not incompetence — it’s corruption.

Yeah. Too bad it’s so common in the Obama administration.

jaime on January 9, 2010 at 9:40 AM

I’m fed up with this sh*t.

Term limits or summary executions for corruption. The politicians can pick their poison.

BuckeyeSam on January 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Is this the same argument that says scientists who take money from the evil oil companies (or tobacco companies, or drug companies) are forever tainted and not to be trusted to do research on environmental science (or health issues)?

Skandia Recluse on January 9, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I fart in Gruber’s general direction.

uknowmorethanme on January 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Don’t forget to pivot first, then fart.

singlemalt_18 on January 9, 2010 at 9:46 AM

. . . or environmentalists who get government grant money?

Skandia Recluse on January 9, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Key West Reader on January 9, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Some funny stuff at your link.

Forty-five percent (45%) say a group randomly selected from the phone book would do a better job than the current Congress.

jaime on January 9, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Is he related to Hans? Because this administration is full of exceptional thieves.

- The Cat

MirCat on January 9, 2010 at 9:48 AM

I don’t know what annoys me more. That they are crooks or that they are not really good at it. I expect better quality from “Made in the USA” corruption.

El Coqui on January 9, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Is this the same argument that says scientists who take money from the evil oil companies (or tobacco companies, or drug companies) are forever tainted and not to be trusted to do research on environmental science (or health issues)?

Skandia Recluse on January 9, 2010 at 9:44 AM

If they’re putting out opinions claiming to be unbiased third parties without disclosing their paid association with the evaluated entity, then yeah.

jaime on January 9, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Gruber’s reports are Peter Orzag’s love children.

MayBee on January 9, 2010 at 9:50 AM

huh?

TheBigOldDog on January 9, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Thank you Ed for doing more research on this.

Orange jumpsuits. Maybe we can keep the Gitmo detainees at Gitmo and put this administration into a Supermax at Thomson.

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 9:52 AM

What’s the big deal – it was a created or saved or expanded JOB. Someone had to do it. We are all about jobs now, don’t you know? Are you against jobs? Conservatives are not only pro-death, they are anti-jobs. /sarc off.

Fuquay Steve on January 9, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Where is the opposition on this crap???

I don’t blame the media half as much as I blame the opposition for not screaming this crap from the rooftops. That’s what gets unavoidable attention. The media’s reaction is quite predictable – a pass for anything the Democrats do or say, but the Republicans aren’t helping their cause one bit by letting one great opportunity after another slide by without a strong reaction.

It seems to me that the Republicans are overwhelmed with too many irons in the fire and there’s nobody left to attack when an attack is exactly what’s needed. The leadership is asleep at the wheel.

GoldenEagle4444 on January 9, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Still searching the basement for the leftover tar from the driveway. There are plenty of feathers in a big box down there, too. How much corruption are we going to stand before it boils over?

BetseyRoss on January 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

This is not incompetence — it’s corruption.

Does anyone doubt there’s more where this came from?

petefrt on January 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

I was taught in school that U.S. Grant’s administration was the most corrupt. I’m sure that’s someone’s opinion but …

If it’s actually true – then Grant can sleep well in his grave now, he no longer holds that record.

Sleep well old soldier.

HondaV65 on January 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Grant can sleep well in his grave now,

HondaV65 on January 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Speaking of which, do you know who was buried in… no I can’t, I just can’t do it.

RINO in Name Only on January 9, 2010 at 9:57 AM

That wasn’t Gruber’s only federal contract, either. Gruber had a $284,000 project with NIH to study Medicare Part D, a follow-on from a 2008 contract on the same topic.

So is this the 3rd contract? Is this guy pulling in 1/2 a million in government money and we are suppose to believe he isn’t biased?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 9:59 AM

At least with Armstrong Williams he used his own columns.

The horrible thing is all these so-called independent journalists started using this guy as a source. His name was everywhere in health care reporting.

They are obviously just using whatever source the White House tells them to.

MayBee on January 9, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Gruber, according to federal government documents, is under a $297,600 contract until next month to provide “technical assistance” in evaluating health care reform proposals. He was under a $95,000 HHS contract before that.
But while he was being paid to provide his services to HHS,

NIH +HHS and then the little contract of 90k?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 10:02 AM

So now, how can you trust anyone in the “private sector”, especially academia, who supports anything Obama. They are all paid whores.

tommyboy on January 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Slip sliding away. Rasmussen -17. He’s slipping two points down every day it seems.

Key West Reader on January 9, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Why do we never have the Rasmussen poll numbers in Headlines anymore?

anniekc on January 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM

$284,000 to study part D. Did that include coming in to testify with a high minded, elite educated, more intelligent than you attitude? Must be in the grant contract, as they all do it. Wonder who helps these guys tie their shoe laces every morning. How do the politicians find the least moral among the professors to dangle grant money in front of? Of course, teachers don’t make much so it’s easy for them to justify taking the dough and praise whatever the pol is pushing. I’ve lost all respect for any center of higher education.

Kissmygrits on January 9, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Wow, Prof. Gruber is making out like a bandit. Is there any evidence that the MSM has noticed?

Cindy Munford on January 9, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Our tax dollars paying for propogandists who are pretending to be unbiased pundits? He should be on PBS or NPR with the rest of his kind.

jgapinoy on January 9, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Sorry; best I can do for this is ‘meh’. The entire media including some moderate Republicans are completely in the tank for this adminstration for free; so this turd manages to wangle a few bucks. Guess he’s he smarter than Chris Matthews; all he got was an erection for being a brainless shill.

austinnelly on January 9, 2010 at 10:11 AM

I’m fed up with this sh*t.

Term limits or summary executions for corruption. The politicians can pick their poison.

BuckeyeSam on January 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I like this option. Can I waterboard them first?

Monica on January 9, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Corruption in the Obama Administration? I’m SHOCKED! SHOCKED, I tell you! What does Barry think this is, Chicago?

GarandFan on January 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Armstrong Williams? The guy who held a fundraiser for DEMOCRATIC Prince George’s County Sheriff Michael A, Jackson–the sheriff who defended his deputies for shooting dogs belonging to Mayor Cheye Calvo, a registered Republican. It’s hard to take Williams seriously.

Diane C. Russell on January 9, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Even the NYT has felt constrained to print a “correction:”

EDITORS’ NOTE

On July 12, the Op-Ed page published an article by Jonathan Gruber, a professor of economics at M.I.T., on health insurance and taxation. On Friday, Professor Gruber confirmed reports that he is a paid consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services, and that his contract was in effect when he published his article. The article did not disclose this relationship to readers.

Like other writers for the Op-Ed page, Professor Gruber signed a contract that obligated him to tell editors of such a relationship. Had editors been aware of Professor Gruber’s government ties, the Op-Ed page would have insisted on disclosure or not published his article.

Drained Brain on January 9, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Any journalist who used him has been outed as working at the behest of the administration.

MayBee on January 9, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Is he related to Hans? Because this administration is full of exceptional thieves.

- The Cat

MirCat on January 9, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Alert me when they move up to kidnapping.

alexwest on January 9, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Quid pro quo.

Johan Klaus on January 9, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Heads rolling? Im not holding my breath.

becki51758 on January 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Welllll, George Bush did it too!

I can hear it now.

Herb on January 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Like other writers for the Op-Ed page, Professor Gruber signed a contract that obligated him to tell editors of such a relationship

What sort of punishment is there for Mr Gruber for not disclosing this information to the NYT?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 11:00 AM

BuckeyeSam on January 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I like this option. Can I waterboard them first?


While you’re at it, how about we taek their clothing away – put some dog collars and leashes on them along with women’s panties and take some photos to post on the internet??? Seriously, waterboarding isn’t nearly severe enough for these scumbags. I’m thinking a Jack Bauer intervention would be more appropriate!

huskerdiva on January 9, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I would like:

MIT to fire him for tarnishing their image.
The government to void his contracts and put him on the non-employ list.
Publishers refusing to publish any future work.

And then jail time at Thomson.

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Heads should roll for this, and Orszag’s should be the first,

Ed, sadly the only thing that will happen is and eye roll when you suggest accountability to these fascists.

Mojave Mark on January 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Sebelius had to know that he was under contract to HHS and she does read newspapers and watch hearings and knew that he wasn’t disclosing that he was paid by HHS etc.

Sebelius needs to be on the hot seat too.

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 11:15 AM

I’m really tired of these smug, crass, arrogant, snide, condescending, rich, geeky, white aides in this administration. So you got beat up a lot as a child- you probably deserved it. You go around correcting the big kids’ playground grammar, and they’re going to punch you in the eye. But that’s no reason to stick your thumb in theirs now that your an adult.

Burton, Orszag, Rahm, Timmy.

BKeyser on January 9, 2010 at 11:16 AM

What do all our Republican Staffers DO? Fetch coffee? Shouldn’t they be finding out who all the players are and who is paying them? Didn’t they see anything wrong with this?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Jake Tapper is taking note of it.

Drained Brain on January 9, 2010 at 11:20 AM

The leadership is asleep at the wheel.

GoldenEagle4444 on January 9, 2010 at 9:53 AM

No they are in the back seat making out with the dims.

chemman on January 9, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I’m fed up with this sh*t.

Term limits or summary executions for corruption. The politicians can pick their poison.

BuckeyeSam on January 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I can’t resist the temptation to “connect the dots” …

Politicians, meet uknowmorethanme’s poison:

I fart in Gruber’s general direction.

uknowmorethanme on January 9, 2010 at 9:30 AM

ReagansRight on January 9, 2010 at 11:38 AM

This is 10x worse than the Armstrong Williams deal. First of all, Williams was already well known as a conservative commentator, while Gruber has been portrayed in the media as a nonbiased academic expert on health care insurance and costs. Second of all, Williams wrote about Bush policies in his own opinion columns, so it was obvious that his commentary was opinion; while Gruber’s work has been cited over and over in the media and by Congressional Democrats as FACT. And now we find that Gruber deliberately lied to the New York Times by not disclosing his contracts with HHS.

There was tons of commenatry for weeks about the Williams deal and it definitely hurt the Bush Administration, which up until then had not had any instances of this kind of petty corruption or payoffs. Can we expect similar lavish coverage and outraged commentary on Gruber? I doubt it.

rockmom on January 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Hey, partisan, nerdy hacks need Porches too!!!

Racists Haters!!!

BigWyo on January 9, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Update II: The work done by Gruber is normally done by CMS, not OMB; I’ve corrected it above. It’s worth noting that CMS had a different opinion about ObamaCare than Gruber did.

This is interesting: We have 2 government agencies – the CBO and the CMMS saying that Obamacare is not going to cut costs.
The Dems HAD to understand this was going to happen so they got in front of it, having Gruber testify as a MIT expert and then, I wonder if there was any push, write opinion pieces, not telling the editors, and not telling the public who was paying him. And you know why? Because the public trusts a private individual with MIT credentials more than any government agency.

I want to know what instructions Sebielus may have given him or any others in the admin before he went on the stand and if they encouraged him to write articles for the newspapers- even if it was his old friend Orzag just happening to mention it might help the admin if he did so.

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Does anyone know if Gruber appeared as a guest on any news shows?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Key West Reader on January 9, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Awwwwwww…..I’m sure you’re as crushed about this as I am.

Dopenstrange on January 9, 2010 at 12:19 PM

When does someone in this administration flip on them and tell all?

d1carter on January 9, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Did he supply the white coats for the ‘doctors’ at the unprecedented press orgy? He could afford it. Who doesn’t luv fat cats? Where’s the pay czar when you want him?

Fuquay Steve on January 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM

FOIA any emails between this admin and Gurber please.

Top ones: Sebelius + Orzag but anyone else also, let no small fish escape because they sing the loudest.

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 1:01 PM

And also Napolitano- wasn’t she doing some of the health stuff (swine flu) until Sebelius was confirmed?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Moreover, in order to estimate the impacts, Dr. Gruber developed a proprietary statistically sophisticated micro-simulation model that has the flexibility to ascertain the distribution of changes in health care spending and public and private sector health care costs due to a large variety of changes in health insurance benefit design, public program eligibility criteria, and tax policy. This model has been used for other health reform proposal.

Shouldn’t the government buy the model then, and have grad students do data entry?

I bet those hacks at East Anglia are kicking each other in the ass. “Proprietary macro-simulation model! The math is private property! Damn, why can’t we think like that???”

Chris_Balsz on January 9, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Chris_Balsz on January 9, 2010 at 1:36 PM

What’s the fudge factor? or is it the fudge flexibility?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Chris_Balsz on January 9, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Who has tested and retested the model? Only Mr Gruber?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 1:59 PM

The crimes of this administration are unequaled in our history, if not for their magnitude, at least for their frequency.

They’re trying to wear us down by committing so many crimes that we can’t stay focused on any particular one.

Merovign on January 9, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Who has tested and retested the model? Only Mr Gruber?
journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Apparently not, if the proprietary nature of his model is a reason to hire Dr. Gruber.

It would be interesting to see if he’s had any other clients than federal agencies; or whether Dr. Gruber worked for one agency, and got his contract extended since he already was on board, and then got another contract because he owned the process and “Dr. Gruber’s ongoing work with ASPE, using these proprietary models to help inform the Office of Health Reform, strongly positions him to meet HHS’ requirements the most efficiently”.

I too have a proprietary micro-simulation model.

It says “Try Back Later”.

Chris_Balsz on January 9, 2010 at 3:31 PM

This guy couldn’t be more problematic for the Administration if he were Hans Gruber

juanito on January 9, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Apparently, no other economist in the US has ever studied health-care costs in depth, according to HHS. Or, perhaps as likely, Orszag arranged a $300K no-bid contract for a buddy, then hid the relationship in order to promote him as an independent voice that just so happened to support administration policy.

Ahem. Read Free for all? by Dr. Joseph P. Newhouse. Newhouse’s experiment, the resulting data, and his conclusions from that data are all there to read. Anyone who read’s Newhouse’s book and understands its conclusions (that those who have no stake in the system overutilize it with no commensurate increase in their health) would vote “no” on Obamacare.

Obamacare makes for even a worse outcome than Newhouse’s median test by allowing someone to have no stake right up until they have a catastrophic illness, and then to buy into the system at an extremely low price, allowing them to continue their “no stake” behavior (because, when they are disabled or out of work, the government pays their premiums).

unclesmrgol on January 9, 2010 at 6:04 PM

It seems to me that the Republicans are overwhelmed with too many irons in the fire and there’s nobody left to attack when an attack is exactly what’s needed. The leadership is asleep at the wheel.
GoldenEagle4444 on January 9, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Um… what irons and what fire? Asleep, definitely!

ya2daup on January 9, 2010 at 6:38 PM

So lemme get this straight:

This guy is “unique” because he takes a bunch of fairytale data (the bill which no one had read that included a myriad of placeholders) and plugs that data into his computer simulation (which I’m sure he won’t allow anyone to examine the code for) and gets the numbers he wants to support the fallacy being promoted by the administration who pays him.

I think I’ve seen this play before.

Jason Coleman on January 9, 2010 at 6:38 PM

This guy is “unique” because he takes a bunch of fairytale data (the bill which no one had read that included a myriad of placeholders) and plugs that data into his computer simulation (which I’m sure he won’t allow anyone to examine the code for) and gets the numbers he wants to support the fallacy being promoted by the administration who pays him.

I think I’ve seen this play before.

Jason Coleman on January 9, 2010 at 6:38 PM

…and if you file a Freedom of Information Access request, you can bet there will be an “accidental shredding” of the data…

landlines on January 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Isn’t this situation more like all the talking head military and defense analysts that were used in the early and mid section of the Iraq war on the various news channels? Many were simultaneously employed with firms contracting with CIA, DOD, and eventually DHS and many admitted later that they were under great pressure to present the administration and pentagon party line on the conflict(s) to secure and maintain the contracts.

pvolcko on January 9, 2010 at 8:26 PM

pvolcko on January 9, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Your specific examples?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 9, 2010 at 10:09 PM

I was taught in school that U.S. Grant’s administration was the most corrupt. I’m sure that’s someone’s opinion but …

If it’s actually true – then Grant can sleep well in his grave now, he no longer holds that record.

Sleep well old soldier.

HondaV65 on January 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM

As usual, the “conventional wisdom” isn’t exactly accurate.

The corruption in the system, especially in Congress, was there before Grant took office. Grant spent his eight years as President pursuing a vigorous campaign against the crooks, grifters, vote-sellers, etc., in the process of which he made himself highly unpopular with the Washington “establishment”, who liked the existing system and resented being hammered about it by someone they privately regarded as an “outsider” and a “hick”.

Grant was an Ohioan who had never gone to a “quality” school like Harvard or Yale- he went to West Point.(Which I respect, and everyone should- but that lot definitely did not.) They couldn’t publicly say anything against him because he was the man who had finally defeated Robert E. Lee and saved the Union. That doesn’t mean they didn’t resent his throwing monkeywrenches into their well-oiled machine.

The same dynamic was seen in the last (Bush) administration. Enron, Madoff, etc., were all seen as evidence of the “corruption” endemic under Bush. In fact, they had been going at it high,wide and handsome under Clinton, or even earlier- it was just that under Bush 43 the offenders finally ended up going for long-delayed and well-deserved perp walks.

The same way they did under Grant 140-odd years earlier.

The moral is that if you’re the guy who upsets the “insiders’” applecart, it’s virtually guaranteed that later historians will peg you as the chief baddie. Because they won’t stop to ask the question, “How long was this going on before he got there?

As Samuel Clemens said, “Be good, and you will be lonely”. I’m sure that Ulysses S. Grant- and George W. Bush- would agree with him.

cheers

eon

eon on January 10, 2010 at 9:16 AM

MIT- I hope you are thinking about your school’s reputation. What will people think of MIT if Mr Gruber’s micro-simulation model collapses 1/6 of the US economy?
Mr Gruber and MIT will be the Democrats scapegoat, watch and see.

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 10, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Mr Gruber is also one of the architects of the Massachusett’s Healthcare Plan:

there are differences between the three-year-old Massachusetts plan and the bills now in Congress, but as one of the architects of the Bay State’s legislation, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber is in a prime position to evaluate the national plan’s chances.

Gives you confidence that he has all the dots connected, doesn’t it?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 10, 2010 at 11:49 PM

http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2010/01/08/gruber-doesnt-reveal-that-21-of-ma-residents-cant-afford-health-care/

Gruber doesn’t reveal that 21% of Mass residents can’t afford healthcare? Why not, Mr Gruber?

journeyintothewhirlwind on January 10, 2010 at 11:55 PM

This is not incompetence — it’s corruption.

It’s both.

MarkTheGreat on January 11, 2010 at 8:37 AM