The Healthcare.gov debacle has been thoroughly dissected so far by America´s best health journalists and policy analysts. To be sure, every major rollout of a new or changed social policy, including Medicare itself, is rough and takes weeks or months to resolve. (Snip) It is the larger failure of public administration that has been endemic in the Obama White House, and is probably the president´s most significant weakness. The first clues to this problem came during the transition in 2008. George W. Bush and his chief of staff, Josh Bolten, offered exemplary assistance to the incoming Obama team—but many of the
American presidents are supposed to love America. This one is where he is because George Soros leveraged Obama´s color, and fool voters fell for it. Twice. All this despite the purposeful cover up of the twisted so-called man´s background and records.
[Defense Secretary Hagel, agitated, storms into the Oval Office]
HAGEL: Mr. President, we . . . OBAMA: Stop! This sounds like trouble. I don’t want to hear it. [to Secret Service agent] Get him out of here! HAGEL: [yelling] It’s North Korea, they’ve . . . OBAMA: [covers his ears] Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah . . . HAGEL: [screaming as he’s dragged away] They’ve attacked South Korea! OBAMA: Damn, I heard that. Let him go. What’s going on, Chuck? HAGEL: The North invaded the South three days ago, sir. Our troops on the demilitarized zone were overrun, Seoul was bombarded and occupied. In response, I ordered a strike on the North’s nuclear weapons facilities. OBAMA: Why didn’t you tell me? HAGEL: Sir, your standing order to the Cabinet: ´´I wish to remain ignorant of any event that would require me to make a decision.´´ OBAMA: Oh, right. So, why are you violating that directive? HAGEL: The Norks got off a missile. It’s heading toward California. ETA, 11 minutes; touchdown, Orange County. We can’t knock it down. I’m telling you because no decision is necessary. OBAMA: Well, don’t put this on me. I had nothing to do with it. Jay, when it comes up at your briefing later, say, ´´The president just learned of these events. He is as frustrated as everyone else about the loss of life.´´ CARNEY: Very good, sir. Network anchors on line 3. OBAMA: Scott, Brian, Diane, ignore or spin the Korean situation tonight. That’s half a world away. As for Orange County . . . who cares? WILLIAMS: Very good, Mr. President. I’ll devote the bulk of our broadcast tonight to the new Smurfs’ movie. SAWYER: I’ll lead with a segment implying the North Koreans interpreted the Republican-engineered government shutdown as a sign of weakness. OBAMA: Make it so. Scott? PELLEY: We’ll do a story comparing the rise of Ted Cruz to Kim Young-un’s elevation to power. OBAMA: Perfect.
That´s right Norm. The Republican ´rants´ about Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, a totally racist Justice Department, and unconstitutional executive orders notwithstanding, this truly is such an ethical Administration. And if Obama could have only found a few more socialist political hacks to fill some vacant positions life in your little bubble would be perfect.
Yes, I´ve always susupected Sagman was the real leaker. This griped me: FTA "Combine that with the shocking failure to quickly nominate judges to fill vacancies—for a constitutional-law professor who had served in the Senate." They won´t drop that lie! zero was no more that than Barney Fife was the Sheriff of Nottingham.
@13 Someone certainly figured it out because they didn´t do so bad in the voter fraud department last time - and many times before. And the fraud wasn´t from little old ladies coloring in the circle with a black marker like we do in our voting booth.
This Atlantic article goes into great seeming detail to miss the point entirely, and come away having learned nothing of the underlying truth. The truth is: create chaos all confusion is deliberate. The communism of it all is to cause as much irreversible destruction and confusion as possible, as quickly as is possible, Holder smuggling guns to Mexican drug bosses, eliminating requirements to vote legally, Hitlary and Obama hiding from the Benghzi deaths, the Obama "gang" organizing the illegal labor pool of alien invaders to give them false legal standing, communist designed takeover of millions of dedicated doctor, nurse, technician professionals careers, destruction of uncountable millions of jobs and previously held satisfactory medical plans, hundreds of unseen executive orders further destroying our freedoms, and top it off with a drunken, greedy big waste spending Congress, a massive bureaucracy that keeps on plowing us under with non work, and the final grotesque Goebbels propaganda smear of subservient to the state news actors like Scott Pelley, Brian Williams Diane Sawyer and so called entertainer propagandists like closet socialist David Letterman. Planned chaos !!
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god of irony, 10/25/2013 7:47:00 AM (No. 9581492)
What Norm Ornstein and the Polianna Republicans fail to understand is that this is not by accident, it is by design. Obama is a leftist and it is their doctrine to collapse the society before they can rebuild it in their utopian ideal.
This analysis is like the liberal scientist recording his observations after removing each leg from a frog. He removes the first leg and says, "hop frog!". The frog hops. He removes the second leg and says "hop frog!". The frog hops. He removes the third leg and says "hop frog!". The frog hops. He removes the fourth leg and says "hop frog!". The frog does not hop. The liberal scientist writes his conclusion: "after removal of the fourth leg, frog went deaf!"
Obamacare is failing because it is a bad idea. Usually ideas like this are implemented by the barrel of a gun. Trying to get it done without force is problematic for Comrade Obama and his fellow travelers.
Clearly written by a liberal, and yet, some are starting to see the truth. I´ve said for years that leaders know where their weaknesses are and hire people with strengths in those areas to shore them up. Obama never did that. It may be that he didn´t see his own weaknesses. It may be that he had such limited experience in leadership positions. But he hired people with the same background as himself, which meant they were all clueless about areas that they had not experienced. Few economists, few implementers of policy. Now it is biting him...and all of us.
The Chosen Won´s claim is that he didn´t know that healthcare.gov was not fully functional on opening day until after it was turned over for public use. This gives us two choices on the level of his management ability: 1) Cowardly, blame-dodging liar. 2)Totally incompetent. Can you imagine how long the CEO of a private ompany would last if he made a claim like that after a colossal failure like that? Roughly the time it would take him to clean out his desk.
Norm, you are as easy to see through as a Katy Perry dress. "Oh, the problem isn´t the rotten ideology, the problem is the execution. If we get Hillary in there, she will make the execution happen. Obama is too much a brilliant dreamer." Norm, you are PATHETIC.
He fundamentally dislikes America and wants to shape it to fit his ideological assumptions. However, he is too inept and inexperienced to do that and tosses the ball to others. His incompetence and indolence are our potential salvation.
The curious thing is that he wants to change the country even though it has been very, very good to him, far better than he has earned or deserved.
This is the direction the liberal defense of BOCare will go, as all liberal programs go. It´s not that the idea itself is flawed. No, the idea is absolutely correct! It´s the implementation that is flawed. The solution: do it over, spend more money. Repeat forever.
This is what they do with education and other programs. They are adamant they are doing the right thing but they need more time and money to do it "better".
The liberal ladder is always leaning against the wrong wall and their fix is to climb the ladder faster and go higher. They will never reach the right place no matter how they implement or manage it.
Further, it allows liberal leaders to maintain their "goodness". It´s not bad to fail at implementation, just annoying. Since the leaders are trying to do the right thing, they are still "good" people. I wonder how that would work in an emergency room. Well, the doctor intended to save the patient´s life. He just botched the implementation by amputating the patient´s leg instead of treating him for a heart attack, the real problem, and the patient died. No problem?
Thanks to the proverbial lemonade stand, we have a convenient metaphor by which to describe the ultimate in ineptitude.
“He’s so dumb, he couldn’t run a lemonade stand for an hour without going belly-up.”
In Commissar Obama’s case, dumb, when you really get to observe him from up close, becomes a given. And what’s behind his glib, carefully staged façade? Another façade waiting to take its place. ‘All hat, No cattle’ as they say yonder down thar, dag nab it! One must add philosophically free-enterprise-opposed, prophet-good, profit-bad, business experience bereft, prodigiously slothful. And that’s just for openers.
Will these eight years come to be known as America’s Era of Never Again? I’d like to think so.
Some people say there is a buck stopping somewhere. Let me make this clear...er.., I will direct every agency to to ..ah, ..find this buck. It´s my ..er,.. first priority every day because it´s what the ..um.., people want....
This failure of the liberals is predictable. Ideology always triumphs common sense. I remember Chairman Mao´s Great Leap Forward in 1958. Someone in the Communist Party noticed that Sparrows were eating crop seeds, so they put a penny bounty for each dead sparrow turned in. Millions of sparrows were killed. The next year there were no sparrows to eat the insects, most of the crops were eaten by insects, and a widespread famine lasted for years. Obama and his wrecking crew are no smarter than the Chinese Communist Mandarins.
Please, L-dotters, seriously consider not using words of self destructive propaganda. Every time you call these destroyers the good name of liberal (who are actually bad socialist, fascist, communist really bad people), you are helping them to their further destruction of our free country. They use good words to disguise bad acts. Try using CommunistBodyControl. See if you feel better. Call it, and them, what they really ARE !
Let’s keep banging that drum, #s 8, 10 and 21 – the word is starting to get out (although the Atlantic is probably several bridges too far).
And we should supplement what he wasn’t – a Constitutional law professor – with what he was: a part-time lecturer who “taught” exactly one course: a 2-unit bull session entitled “Critical Race Theory and the Constitution,” or, in plain English, “Those dead white racist Founders got it all wrong.”
And he only held that position, such as it was, because his tissue-paper résumé needed beefing up and Valerie Jarrett, who at the time was a regent of the U of Chicago, pulled a few strings.
When I read this many lies in an article I make sure to remember the name of the writer and what entity is publishing him.
Previous posters have covered most of it, but I must admit I laughed myself silly when Atlantic´s Ornstein blamed the administration´s ethical restrictions on hiring lobbyists. How many hundreds have they hired now?
I haven’t completely made up my mind about it. So I’m just going to think out-loud for a moment. As Christmas presents go, it’s certainly closer to a really sturdy pair of socks than it is to a new bike. And that raises the first point I think people should keep in mind: If you’re of a mind to oppose it, fine. If you’re inclined to support it, fine. But can we please dispense with the overheated rhetoric about it? It is neither a triumph nor an abject surrender. Attempts to turn it into the Defining Issue of Our Generation (until the next one at least), do not help the GOP or the cause in any meaningful way I can see.
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