by: the Common Constitutionalist
History is replete with flimflam men, and women. America has had its fair share. The most famous must be Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi, better known as Charles Ponzi.
More recently names like Bernie Madoff and Robert Allen Stanford have become the modern day face of the scam. Madoff ripped off investors to the tune of $65 billion in what many have described as the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. For this he was sentenced to 150 years in the slammer.
Stanford ripped off over 28,000 investors for about $7 billion and was sentenced to 110 years behind bars.
Of Madoff and Stanford, Robert Lenzner at Forbes.com wrote that “Clearly, the SEC should have had the smarts and the will to put Madoff and Stanford out of business before they were able to do so much harm.”
For you low information voters we have “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice who was sentenced to 15 months behind bars this afternoon for her part in the couple’s multimillion-dollar fraud case. Her hubby Joe will spend 41 months for his role.
NJ.com reported that U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas said “For a moment, I thought about probation. For a moment.” She later added: “I need to send a message that it isn’t who you are, how famous you are. If you do something wrong, there will be consequences to pay.”
Well Judge – that’s a great sentiment and oh if it were only true.
Judge Salas called Teresa Giudice a “dedicated mother” and noted she had expressed “genuine remorse.”
These four private citizens were all rightly jailed and fined for scamming the public while the public sector Jonathan Grubers will get off scot-free, and probably praised by his fellow statists and academe.
And there’s another distinct difference between the “private sector” scam artists and the Gruber type government ones.
Undoubtedly, all the “private sector” crooks knew they did wrong. Recall what judge Salas said? Giudice expressed genuine remorse.
Gruber probably sees no problem with what he had to do. I’m sure he, as well as everyone else privy to the Obamacare plan knew they had to lie, but the ends justified the means. It’s okay to lie to stupid people who don’t know what’s certain to be good for them.
These bureaucrats are self appointed and self anointed experts in their fields and thus know what’s best for us. This is the “Administrative State”, where nameless faceless bureaucratic experts are charged, behind the scenes, with writing laws, creating regulations and making arbitrary legislative decisions, well beyond their constitutional authority. But this is what happens when Congress willingly relinquishes its responsibility.
I say this without doubt: Obamacare will be the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on our country, for if it remains in place, whether it’s “tweaked” or not, will eventually affect every person living in this country. No person or sector will escape its repercussion. Not private, public, rich or poor. Ultimately, it will adversely affect everyone, yet no one will be perp-walked to the courthouse for judgment. No one will be jailed or fined.
It’s the perfect crime.