Jonathan Gruber agrees to lie to House panel about Obamacare honesty

**Written by Doug Powers

Just to be safe, during Jonathan Gruber’s grilling he’ll be wearing specially designed underwear lined with electrodes (dubbed the “shock strap”) that can be triggered remotely from Valerie Jarrett’s iPhone:

Jonathan Gruber, the former ObamaCare adviser in hot water for his comments about the “stupidity of the American voter,” has agreed to testify at a House panel next month, setting up a healthcare showdown in what could be the final week of this Congress.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will also hear from Obama administration official Marilyn Tavenner, who is under fire this week for using inflated enrollment figures for the healthcare law.

“Both Mr. Gruber and Administrator Tavenner have agreed to testify,” committee spokeswoman Caitlin Carroll told The Hill.

Somebody please ask Gruber if the White House, which has tried to distance itself from him big time, has requested that he give back the millions in consulting fees he was paid in federal and state contracts.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Chuck Schumer, up for re-election in 2016, reads the Obamacare tea leaves

**Written by Doug Powers

With a keen eye on the election slaughter Democrats endured earlier this month, NY Sen. Chuck Schumer, who just happens to be up for re-election in less than two years, is manufacturing some distance from Obamacare:

Sen. Chuck Schumer second-guessed President Obama’s top legislative accomplishment Tuesday in a speech that drew quick fire from fellow Democrats.

Schumer said Democrats should have shelved health care legislation passed in 2010. With the country in a recession, Democrats should have followed the 2009 economic stimulus bill with bills to help the middle class, then attempted to pass health care later in Obama’s presidency, he said.

“We took their mandate and put all focus on the wrong problem – health care reform,” Schumer argued in a National Press Club speech.

The New York senator said middle-class voters did not feel they benefited from a bill that primarily aimed at helping less affluent Americans who lacked insurance. Schumer made that case at the time, but was overruled by Obama.

In December of 2009, Schumer thought Obamacare was such a bad idea for both the country and Democrats (not in that order) that he voted “yes” on the bill.

These recent comments put ThinkProgress, New Republic and other lefties in a wobble, but maybe for some Democrats self-preservation trumps toeing the party line.

Schumer is of course full of it as usual, because he said Obamacare ignored the middle class, and it did anything but. Just ask those millions, many in the “middle class,” who had health insurance policies canceled as a result of the law. The middle class wasn’t “ignored” by the ACA — they were its victims. Schumer knows that, and he still hopes voters are exactly how Jonathan Gruber described them.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle: Soda-Tax Support From Plenty of Baptists, But No Bootleggers

Earlier this month, residents of Berkeley,
California, voted in a one-cent per ounce tax on
sugary drinks, the first ever in the United States. As many
as 30 previous attempts by U.S. cities and states to tax
away sugar in soda have failed. What seems like the perfect
opportunity for a "bootleggers and Baptists" style
coalition to perform their political magic just hasn't played
out, note economists Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle.

Smith and Yandle, co-authors of the recent
book Bootleggers and Baptists: Explaining America’s
Regulatory Saga
, can find plenty of "Baptists" in the soda-tax
situation: groups such as the American Heart Association, the
American Academy of Pediatrics, and the NAACP that see sweet drinks
as a major detriment to American health and well-being. But where
are the bootleggers?

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Social Security, Medicare Open to Illegals Under Amnesty Plan

President Barack Obama’s plan to bring illegal immigrants “out of the shadows” will make millions of them eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits and likely allow them to eventually


Jesse Walker on Skepticism and Nostalgia in the 70s

As the
Watergate scandal exploded and Richard Nixon's hold on the
presidency started to slip, one group stood steadfast in its
commitment to the man in the West Wing. Its members took to
chanting "God needs Nixon" outside Congress' Rayburn Office
Building. At the 1973 White House Christmas tree lighting ceremony,
over a thousand of them showed up to pay their respects. When the
president emerged to greet the throng, Garry Wills later reported
in Harper's, "they knelt down to worship him." They were Moonies,
writes Jesse Walker in the December 2014 issue of Reason.

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President Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation


Promoted from the diaries by Jake

It’s a tradition of mine to re-read the first Presidential proclamation declaring a day of Thanksgiving, so I figured I’d share with all of you. The proclamation was actually written by SecState William H. Seward, and is in his handwriting.

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

A very blessed Thanksgiving to all contributors and readers of RedState.


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[VIDEO]Family attorney joins Sharpton to explain why it’s OK for Brown’s stepfather to shout ‘burn this bit*h down!’

The camera-hungry lawyers and the Al Sharpton shysters can say what they want, but actions speak louder than words. Excuses and ‘reasons’ abound below- you will not believe it!: As


[VIDEO] German Shepard Dancing to Flo-Rida is VIRAL GOLD

Awww! This adorable pup just can’t resist jamming out to Flo-Rida’s song ‘Low’! This adorable video shows him getting his jam on. Sometimes Jaxson just needs to get his ear


Ronald Bailey Asks Whether Superintelligent Machines Will Destroy Humanity

In Frank Herbert's Dune books, humanity has long
banned the creation of "thinking machines." Ten thousand years
earlier, their ancestors destroyed all such computers in a movement
called the Butlerian Jihad, because they felt the machines
controlled them. The penalty for violating the Orange Catholic
Bible's commandment "Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness
of a human mind" is immediate death. In the December 2014 issue of
Reason,Ronald Bailey asks if humanity should sanction the creation
of intelligent machines?

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Only One Complaint Causes School to Change ‘Christmas Break’ to ‘Holiday Break’

We are a nation of wimps, folks, when a single complaint can cause a school to cancel its Christmas break and turn it into “Holiday break.” Seriously, there is no


Michael Brown’s Parents Now Under Investigation for Violent Attack On Grandmother

Thugism seems to run in the Brown family! Now Ferguson police are investigating slain teenager Michael Brown’s mother and step father for violently attacking the teens grandmother over a dispute


From Ted Cruz: All Presidential Nominees Should Be Blocked Until Obama Rescinds His Amnesty…

Loose the dogs of war… get ‘em Cruz! I absolutely love Ted Cruz and I sooo hope he runs in 2016. This is a brilliant move on his part. Since


Father Tracks Down and Beats Daughter’s Abductor, Saves Her From Forced Prostitution

This determined father deserves to be given the medal of freedom after his daughter was taken by a pimp who intended to force her into a life of prostitution. The


Video: Robbery Goes Wrong For Petty Thief!

Bummer… that had to hurt and will leave a mark or three. Don’t know where this is, but personally… my OPSEC would never be to sit with my back to


Steve Chapman: What Racially Biased Policing Looks Like

Police carBlack anger
that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was not charged for
killing Michael Brown stems partly from the fact that blacks in
America often face much worse treatment from cops than whites do.
Only rarely do whites get an unpleasant taste of what minorities
have to swallow.

The Ferguson police search blacks more often even though they
are far less likely to be found with contraband than whites. These
disparities are typical of vehicle "consent searches" in other
jurisdictions, according to Steve Chapman.

The searches are known by that term because they may not be
conducted without the agreement of the motorist. (If the cop has
"probable cause" that he'll find evidence of a crime, he can search
without asking.) But it's a joke. Few drivers are willing to say
no, writes Chapman.

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Big Government Really Tried To Destroy This Small-Town Church, But The Church Fought Back And Won A Huge Legal Victory

When I lived in Nevada, I learned to truly despise city councils. This Texas town has a power hungry one, that evidently doesn’t give a flying crap about the Constitution