Let’s laugh together this morning at two shining examples of “When Liberals Tell The Truth but run afoul of their corrupt bosses and then tell a Big Fat Lie to Erase Their Original Truth”.
Let’s start off with Jonathan Gruber, architect of Obamacare.
First he told the truth, in this case about how Obamacare subsidies are in fact limited to citizens of states that have set up a health care exchange (excluding citizens of states that have failed to set up an exchange). Barack Obama and Democrats are lately pretending that this is not how they wrote the law, but of course it is, and Gruber was honest about it in a video of him speaking at a conference — he’s on tape, folks — and available to us all <Fox News, link>.
if you’re a state and you don’t set up an Exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits. But your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying to your citizens, you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at state here in setting up these Exchanges.
Well we know how Barack Obama feels about the truth, and so does Gruber, so what happened when Gruber’s comments came to light?
Gruber next had this to say, as told to Jonathan Cohn of the New Republic <link>:
I honestly don’t remember why I said that…It was just a mistake.
He doesn’t “remember why” he said it!
But of course he does — he said it because it was the truth about a law he designed with Barack Obama. But when the truth becomes inconvenient, he develops amnesia and disavows it.
Next we have my all time favorite Liberal Lie designed to Retract a Previously Truthful Statement. Indeed, this lie shall never be beaten for the sheer nonsense and shame of it.
Joshua Steiner, of the Clinton Administration (Chief of Staff to Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd Bentsen), famously kept a diary of events during his White House tenure, and this diary was introduced into evidence in the Whitewater criminal investigation of the Clintons. Mr. Steiner’s diary was very damaging to key Clinton allies, whom Steiner had observed in person and up close:
He wrote how the White House put “intense pressure” on Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman to remain in a position that could protect the White House. Then he wrote how Altman “gracefully ducked” Senate questioning on the matter, even though Altman was under oath. <Baltimore Sun, link>
Oh, Joshua, I imagine Bill and Hillary Clinton were very upset with you.
What to do, what to do…
So Mr. Steiner actually testified UNDER OATH that he effectively lied to his own diary…<Associated Press, link>
I wish that my diary was more accurate…
Other testimony that day included this whopper:
He said that at times he wrote entries in his diary about meetings he did not attend and that he did not check their accuracy.
In reviewing this terrible but funny tale, I again wonder (as I did back then) how no one goes to jail for committing perjury.
And did you know that Mr. Steiner is a Yale graduate and Rhodes scholar?