November 12, 2014

What’s Wrong with Congressional Oversight

Posted by Adam Graham in : Politics

After Jonathan Gruber’s elitist statements that Obamacare was passed due to lack of transparency and the stupidity of the American voter, Rep. Jim Jordan has an idea:

“We may want to have hearings on this,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), an influential voice among GOP hardliners and a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in an interview at the Capitol. “We shouldn’t be surprised they were misleading us.”

Actually Congressman Jordan, unless you want to waste a bunch of time, you should not have a hearing on this. There’s nothing to be learned from a hearing.

The type of hearing Jordan would go exactly like this:

  1. Jonathan Gruber delivers a long and boring opening statement.
  2. Republican member of Congress spend the entirety of the hearing trying to smack down Gruber or confronting him while Democrats defend him or more likely Obamacare and its outcomes.
  3. After the hearing the best clips appear on You Tube, Talk radio, and partisan television programs.
  4. A day of committee time is wasted.

And so many of these sort of hearings which are political showcases take place in Washington. Both sides have been guilty of these sort of hearings. You can track it back it to the Iran Contra hearings. The American people have seen the dance and knows that the one thing these hearings aren’t about is: finding the truth. Congress has destroyed its credibility and destroyed the power of its oversight process, and a hearing on Mr. Gruber’s statement would be just another in a train of abuses.

Besides, Gruber was wrong. The American Voter wasn’t stupid. Congress passed Obamacare despite calls, letters, and emails showing the opposition of the American people. The voters then punished Democrats in the 2010 elections. There’s no need for an investigation of that.

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