"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, November 10, 2014

In a Better World, This Fellow Would Be Facing Prosecution

Here's Jon Gruber, the acknowledged architect of Obamacare, telling an audience of nodding liberal academics how they had to hide the essence of the law (it's a tax on healthy people to pay for healthcare for unhealthy people) in order to get it passed:

Hmmmm... could an enterprising U.S. Attorney on, say, January 21, 2017 (i.e., one appointed by the next, hopefully Republican President) start a public corruption investigation seeking prosecutions of everyone involved in this scheme to defraud?   Under the mail and wire fraud statutes, a scheme to defraud can include "a scheme . . . to deprive another of the intangible right of honest services." (18 USC section 1346).   Well, maybe... but I can tell you that this has a lot more meat than the "prosecutions" of Scott Walker in Wisconsin  over the past couple of years.

This really is the nadir of our civilization. These are all highly educated liberal intellectuals, likely all with Ivy League pedigrees, and they all seem to be nodding in agreement to the notion that committing a vast fraud upon the American public is just "smart politics."  Machiavelli goes mainstream, in other words.


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