Health care economist Jonathan Gruber recently claimed at a policy conference that lack of political transparency helped Congressional Democrats pass the health care bill into law, attributing its success to "the stupidity of the American voter." The comments have caused a firestorm of criticism and may even spark a Congressional investigation into the law. But despite the uproar, Gruber's analysis does not reflect reality.
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Daily Kos: Osama Bin Laden said he intentionally goaded America in to a war in the middle east to "bleed America to the point of bankruptcy." Well, as it turns out, ISIS and Saudi Arabia are trying to goad America into another war in the middle east and they've enlisted John McCain and Lindsey Graham to sell us that war. An August 2013 the Wall Street Journal reports that Saudi Arabia's Foreign Policy includes overthrowing Syrian government, which is Shiite, to put in place their own Sunni government so they, Saudis, can ultimately control Damascus. read more
Dempsey, who has long been reluctant to re-introduce US forces into Middle Eastern wars, signaled that some of the 1,600 US military "advisers" Obama deployed to Iraq since June may directly fight Isis, despite Obama's frequent public assurances that US ground troops will not engage in combat. read more
ThinkProgress: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, dismissed a conspiracy about the attacks on U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya during an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, undermining a storyline actively promoted by the conservative news network. On Friday, Fox aired a special about a new book from five commandos who were guarding the CIA annex in Benghazi on the night of Sep. 11, 2012. They claim that the chief of the CIA annex in Benghazi gave a stand down order that prevented forces from rescuing U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans. Rogers, whose committee found that no such "stand down" order was given, defended the station chief's momentary hesitation and accused lawyers connected with the men and their book of lodging sensationalistic claims in order to sell more books. "I think you have lawyers who have a financial interest in this certainly making allegations that are far from true," he said. read more