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Just the Flacks
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto

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Posted By:BamaMan, 1/17/2014 4:16:16 PM

Ezra Klein is back in line. The Journolist founder, who now runs Wonkblog for the Washington Post, took some flak from other left-liberal journalists last year when he acknowledged that the ObamaCare exchanges had serious technical flaws. But now, as we move into Phase 3 of the ObamaCare failure--the unraveling of its economic assumptions--Klein and his wonkblogger staff are full denial. One result has been an entertaining and informative set of rebuttals from the heterodox liberal blogger Mickey Kaus. It began with a Dec. 17 post by Wonkblog´s Sarah Kliff with the less-reassuring-than-intended title "Why Obamacare Won´t Spiral Into Fiery, Actuarial

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: privateer, 1/17/2014 6:22:30 PM     (No. 9696180)

Hard-core leftists´ solution flowchart for all problems they cause: 1)there is NO problem; 2)there is a problem, but it´s not serious; 3) there is a serious problem, but we are fixing it; 4) there is a serious problem we can´t fix, but it´s NOT our fault; 5) what problem?

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Just the Flacks
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