Open Letter to Jonathan Gruber on Milton Friedman

Dear Dr. Gruber,

If you can spare 12 or 13 minutes, I encourage you to watch the following videos clips of noted economist, Dr. Milton Friedman. You might learn something, plus I’m sure you will find them a welcome respite from the plethora of embarrassing videos of yourself floating about cyberspace lately.

Unlike yours, but like most other prominent economists’, Milton Friedman’s name is not a common household moniker. Do you know of him? I imagine you do, being an economics professor at MIT and all.

Unlike you, Dr. Milton Friedman was (and remains) one of the twentieth century’s most prominent and brilliant economic minds. In his book, Capitalism and Freedom, Dr. Friedman provided us with “the definitive statement of his immensely influential economic philosophy—one in which competitive capitalism serves as both a device for achieving economic freedom and a necessary condition for political freedom.” Have you read it? I imagine you have, being an economics professor at MIT and all.

Milton Friedman’s philosophy advocates minimizing the role of government in a free market society in order to create and preserve political and social freedom. It is brilliant because it is pure, simple and honest.

Inevitably, there were two things present whenever someone attempted to impugn Milton Friedman.

  1. Milton Friedman and;
  2. Someone else who ended up looking like an idiot.

Fundamental economic ideology notwithstanding, the most profound difference between you and Dr. Friedman is that you call people stupid while he enables people to expose their own inherent stupidity. He is a pure and simple conveyor of truth. You are a perversely arrogant and self-admitted liar.

Not unlike you, Milton Friedman held some pretty strong opinions on national socialized health care. Believe it or not, the two of you actually share some common ground on the topic.

You both agree there is no widespread public demand for national socialized healthcare. You both agree the demand has to be drummed up and developed like an ad campaign. Given your sentiments as the primary architect of Obamacare…

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure that the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay. So it was written to do that. In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law that said healthy people are going to pay in — if you made it explicit that healthy people pay in sick people get money it would not have passed. Okay. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically call it the stupidity of the American voter, or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical in getting the thing to pass, and, you know, it’s the second best argument. And I wish Mark was right, we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

…it’s not hard to picture a debate between the two of you on the merits of actually orchestrating a conspiracy to fabricate said public demand for socialized healthcare. I imagine you’d start out by calling him stupid, but in the end, you’d look like the idiot. Kind of like now, except that you managed to expose your stupidity all on your own… without any help from Milton Friedman. Congratulations.

And congratulations on Gruber becoming a common household moniker.


The Ordinary Stupid Folks at Just Another Ordinary Day


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Special thanks to Maris Davis for introducing me to Milton Friedman and inspiring this post.

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