by Les Weaver
Clash Daily Contributor
Over the last two days, Obama Care has been one of the leading headlines.
With that, Mr. Gruber has been mentioned and how he orated in interviews and hearings that the public was “stupid” to accept what was being said about the cost vs. benefits of Obama Care.
Seems that it might be time to re-publish this 12/18/14 article just to remind people what being “Grubered” is. I charge that We the People have often been Grubered since. (http://clashdaily.com/2014/12/grubered-govt-trying-understand/)
Trying to Understand being Grubered.
I watched the first House Oversight hearings that questioned Mr. Gruber. Prior to those hearings, I had heard and seen about 12 of Mr. Gruber’s recorded statements about the foolish acceptance of ObamaCare details by the people and also just over half of the Congress. My attempt to define either “being Grubered” or what a “Gruber” is, was puzzling at best. Then it suddenly came to me.
Here I go back about 64 years to 1950 and 1951 and a then small town in Eastern WA. I recall that few high school teens had access to cars but I do recall that one teen (me) had a ’37 Olds and another teen, a ’39 Ford. On Friday and Saturday night these cars were often occupied at the local Drive-In Movie. Very often little attention was paid to the movie but rather the sales pitch of the automobile provider (The Gruber).
The quotes to the proposed victim (Gruberee) included that “what I propose you will enjoy and in the morning, I will still love you”. But if the Gruberee became victim to the sales pitch, what did the morning bring? Too often, a big mouth Gruber would spread details of the conquest to all that would listen in the high school and include how “stupid” the Gruberee was to believe the sales pitch.
Yep; that was being “Grubered”, we just didn’t know what to call it. It wasn’t invented through ObamaCare, it was preceded by sales pitches in the back seat of a ‘37 Olds or ‘39 Ford and many sites decades before. It has more recently been elevated as a tool for the highest government authority and expanded from an automobile back seat to every household in the Nation. I anticipate that being Grubered may make the Thesaurus soon as it is very descriptive of falling prey to false sales pitch and then being exposed as “stupid”.
I am not happy to yet again be GRUBERED by my government.
Image: by Bruce Fingerwood; https://www.flickr.com/photos/springfieldhomer/220551211/; CC by 2.0
Les Weaver: Born into abject poverty in 1934, he spent his teen years on farms as a foster child and was classified as a farm laborer when he joined the Navy in 1952. After that service, he had a short stint at a University but moved on to 35 years associated with the engineering and technical sciences in Aero-Space, retiring from two Aerospace giants in senior positions and a small business. Until retirement, his writing experience was limited to technical occupational reports. His wife is a German immigrant, now a proud American and together they enjoy gardening. Les takes breaks from gardening to express himself to the politicians by phone, email and now thru ClashDaily/DougGiles.