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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Some Gloomy Thoughts About Our Current Fix

I have been doing a lot of reading about Obamacare. It's a hopeless mess but one that can be kept alive, of course, by constant, nay, endless infusions of cash and hokum. I have been impressed by the DNC/Obama effort--including a well-cooridnated one on comment boards throughout the blogosphere--being made to defend this disaster and to spin it and spin it and keep on spinning it until it becomes a blur, something like a propeller wherein one can no longer discern the individual blades. The hope, clearly, is that the American public, especially the low information base, the Boobus Americanus, on which the Obama misadministration relies, will not see the huge premiums, the enormous deductibles, the death panels--yes, my friends, death panels you can employ any euphemism you want but the fact is there are death panels--the inability of the government to set up a functioning website despite the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars over three years, and on and on.

It is also striking, a bit of a tangent, how the same administration that claims huge numbers of Americans are too stupid and just too, too poor to collect free voter id cards, is the one that has set up a hugely complicated heath care exchange system that requires those same people to have phones, computers, internet, and technical skills to sign on for health care. But, I digress . . .

As I wrote yesterday, we now have the President giving another of his patented performances--and that's the word, "performance"--of mock outrage, of how angry, "mad," he is over the "glitches" in the website. He of course demands that this be fixed, and is bringing in the "best and the brightest" to do it. Where those "best and brightest" were during the design of this execrable mess, is, of course, a question no journalist dares ask. Where Obama was is yet another of those questions. Once again we have this pathetic simulacrum of a president acting as though somebody else was in charge; we saw this same act during Benghazi, the Egypt disaster, Fast and Furious, the IRS scandals, etc. He, of course, is only now aware of the disaster and demands that it be fixed! No plan. No recognition of his own responsibility as head of the executive branch. Nobody held accountable. Just empty words at a hastily put together press conference, and off to the next event. Jimmy Carter was a miserable failure, but he at least tried. Obama barely votes "present."

Unless the Republicans can undo this disaster of Obamacare, and I despair of that, it is clear what will happen next. The government will spend millions more to "fix" it, and will fail. The Democrat Mau-Mau machine will go into high gear and blame the Republican Congress, the "Republican shut down" of the government, and, of course, the private sector. Schumer, Wasserman-Shultz, Rangel, Pelosi, Sharpton, Krugman, etc, will allege that Obamacare is being sabotaged by the insurance companies, and the problem is that it did not go far enough: time for the pretend to end, and the government to take over health care outright.

51 comments:

  1. So why weren't the "best and the brightest" hired for the project from the beginning? For $600+ million, the government probably could have hired a couple of them.

    The reason this thing has failed so badly has very little to do with technology, and everything to do with management, politics, and governance.

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    1. "The best and the brightest" is Obamaspeak for either government workers or employees of a presidential crony. Both were on the job from the beginning. Now, undoubtedly, they'll be augmented by high-priced consultants. Any doubts how that will turn out?

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    2. For these folks everything is politics. I was reading a bio of Angela Merkel today. She was a physical chemist. Margaret Thatcher was another chemist.

      "Roberts arrived at Oxford in 1943 and graduated in 1947 with Second-Class Honours in the four-year Chemistry Bachelor of Science degree; in her final year she specialised in X-ray crystallography under the supervision of Dorothy Hodgkin.[12][13] She was reportedly much more proud of becoming the first Prime Minister with a science degree than the first female Prime Minister."

      Dorothy Hodgkin pioneered xray crystallography of protein molecules.

      Why do other countries have brilliant people in politics and we get dopes who can't understand IT structure, let alone design it?

      Did anyone else watch the confirmation hearing of Hagel ? My God !

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    3. They're calling in "the best and the brightest," says Sebelius, but they conspicuously won't say who.

      Top. Men.

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  2. I am pretty sure I read a sign at the door... something about abandoning all hope?

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    1. When AIDS first appeared, William Buckley proposed that sufferers receive a distinctive tattoo on the buttocks to warn others with whom they were about to have sex. (Presumably workplace discrimination wouldn't be an issue; employers typically don't look at an employee's buttocks.)

      Well, you can imagine! It was as if he were proposing to re-institute Auschwitz. Apparently some modern Americans find it hard to understand that the forcible tattoo was by no means the most important problem with Auschwitz.

      Anyway, there was a quiet little contest in the National Review offices to determine what the tattoo should actually say.

      Jeffrey Hart won with this: "Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here!"

      (I assume the humor police come to arrest me in the wee hours tonight. Goodbye, everyone.)

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    2. Alpha-Six-Zulu, you have caused me to ruin yet ANOTHER keyboard with coffee.

      HILARIOUS!

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  3. Last paragraph: Feral apostrophes abound, eg Shumer's, etc.

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    1. Sorry. I originally wrote something different and didn't correct the apostrophes when I changed it. "Feral apostrophes" I have to steal that.

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  4. Having had a number of corporate jobs during my worklife, CEO,CFO,COO, I can picture the reaction of my board of outside directors to my excuses for a series of "glitches" under my watch. I can imagine their responses to my "no one is madder than me over this situation" answer to their quite direct inquiry into a screwup.

    Several articles point out the lack of senior managers from businesses in leadership positions in the current administration. "No sh*t Sherlock"

    Skippy in retirement

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    1. Why would omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent, omnicompetent government employ running dogs of the class enemy?

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  5. Boobus Americanus - I'm going to search for my H.L. Mencken. It's been awhile.

    Old Ned

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    1. Alas, Mencken thought that the intelligent hardworking Europeans--Germans particularly--stayed behind while the dumb shiftless ones emigrated to America.

      Um, no.

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  6. The only ray of hope is that Obamacare was supposed to fail after it had signed up millions of new users, not prevent people from signing up by malfunctioning from Day One.

    I just heard Marco Rubio say that the Spanish language website isn't even up yet.

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  7. Of course O'care was designed from the beginning as an airport to "single payer" (nee "socialized medicine")--by driving out the private insurers. Neither technical success nor technical failure was ever going to stand in the way of that.

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  8. In enterprise corruption using public money, the system being imposed is designed to fail. The bigger the mess, the better.

    Under cover of the slushing of funds to all the usual suspects, health "care" ie the lowering of labour costs and the creation of a fascist database, continues apace.

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    1. If you are not speaking ironically, there is no lowering of medical costs: only lowering of medical prices.

      For example: caps on physicians' incomes do not make high-quality care more abundantly available (lower cost); on the contrary, they make it less available (higher cost)--only at a lower nominal price.

      It's the same thing as--well, the contrapositive of--higher minimum wages for work that becomes scarcer.

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  9. I was under the impression that many of the Lefties had admitted that this was step one to single payer. Failure may be a feature, not a bug, at this point.

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    1. It was supposed to fail over a few decades. Enough time so the architects of Obamacare would all be safely dead or retired and the electorate long forgetting who was responsible for the failure.Then the next generation of Leftist would kick the Nation further down the path.
      Except instead of a few decades for the program to fail, it took a few hours.

      And Obama's Legacy, his very name, is firmly attached to one of the greatest Epic Fails of history.
      And the Democrats who only 2 weeks ago railed against the Republicans who wanted to delay the Mandate by a year are now insisting the Mandate be delayed a year (until after the 2014 elections) to give them time to work out the bugs. The Republicans need to ask why the Democrats want to throw grandma off the insurance cliff and kill ANY attempt to now delay the mandate. Force the Democrats to live with this failure right into the elections.

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  10. Its beyond my ability to fathom, how this '80's tech software could possibly cost $650 million. Here's some fascinating background history on CGI, the creator of the Obamacluster: http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/a-history-of-failure/2759577991001

    Would it surprise anyone if an audit revealed that some of this money somehow returned to the cash strapped and heavily indebted Dem Party?

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  11. I stumbled upon an old e-mail that I received 7 months ago and saved, simply to see how close my very intelligent colleague came to reality. As it turns out, he was pretty damn close:

    March 26th, 2013.'

    “Wow, what can go wrong here? Let me assess this based on my years of experience in this industry. The federal government is going to build 50 exchanges, using a data hub that doesn’t exist physically and in fact, the design hasn’t been solidified, and must be accessible to a variety of data processing technologies that range from archaic to old. Each of the 50 states have different eligibility rules, and with a significant number of states opting out, the federal government now has to learn the intricacies of each state’s Medicaid eligibility models which then scale to different applicability rules for different members of a given family. The thousands of pages of bureaucratic rules that will drive requirements haven’t been completed yet, and those requirements are needed to drive design not only for the application programs, but for the entire processing architecture. The issue of network, processor, and storage performance has to be decided, modeled and tested. To complicate matters, the convoluted federal procurement rules for hardware and software have to be adhered to, which require mixing different hardware brands, software packages and service providers. Add to this compliance analysis to validate and revalidate trusted sources of data. All legal requirements at the local, state, and federal level have to be met by the design. And last but not least, staffing up for customer support which requires hiring, training on applications not yet designed and real world tested, the creation of support documentation, building or retrofitting facilities for these folks, setting up backup sites for the required redundancies, plus hardening the sites for natural disaster power failures. Additionally, the people hired must meet the Equal Opportunity criteria, and all GUIs must be handicapped usable, as well as the facilities themselves. I could be here all evening defining additional work to be done. Oh, did I mention this will be done by next year. Now I know why this has never been attempted. We are a country made up of 50 separate and distinct states, with all their own rules of governing, and to make things more unworkable are all the federal rules that have to be adhered to. I think we the people are going to be safe for quite awhile here.”

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    1. Very prophetic. I, too, had a nerdy computer geek friend try to explain to me how the Obamacare website would never work. I didn't pay attention to what he said, but he was right.

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    2. A lot of nerdy computer geeks have had that experience.

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  12. An interesting metaphor, the spinning blades of the propeller. Spinning faster and faster until you can no longer see the blades, but just a blur of motion.
    And we all know what happens when the inattentive (the Low-Information Voter and the True Believers beyond reason) walks into that spinning propeller...

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  13. Off topic (for which apologies) request: Diplomad, could you PLEASE comment about the Mad Tweeter who was just canned from the White House for, among other things, anonymously calling Valerie Jarrett a cypher? Do you know the guy?!

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  14. Obama wants an "A team" to fix the problems.

    Is that a real A team or one graded on a curve and given 40 extra points for signing their name, to protect their self-esteem?

    Apparently, you only get the "D-team" these days for $600 million.

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  15. Obamacare effectively repealed the Fourteenth Amendment. All in the name of "progress."

    -Blake

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  16. Actually I don't know why they bothered with setting up a whole new "system" (if we are to believe Snowden) the NSA already in possession of all the necessaries could've simply been tasked to go through and collate the (presumably) already processed paperwork - if indeed there was any paperwork, I never bothered to check the "how to qualify" - for the free Government phones but again "presumably" the NSA should've had access to every single person on the "can you hear me now?" government-run switchboard.

    (That last ... "switchboard" ... being government-run, conjures up a fit-of-giggles-sorta/kinda, image. All the "disadvantaged" sitting on stools [orthopedically designed of course] pulling and pushing the myriad switch connectors - wired of course - just like one you might see late at night were your dog (while you were asleep on the couch) stepped on the remote switching you over to Turner Classic Movies.)

    Arkie

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  17. "...acting as though somebody else was in charge" ... I always assumed Obummer was mostly a puppet, and that people like Valerie Jarrett were our real rulers.

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  18. The halfrican queen (TM SwampWoman) has been busy, he has almost destroyed Libya and Egypt, sold out Israel, pissed off Saudi (not a bad days work actually), embarrassed France, tried to cause a war in Syria, amused Russia and found time for some grievance-mongering on his regal tour of Africa.

    How can any reasonable person expect him to pay attention to US issues, frankly you are better of without his destructive attention.

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  19. I can't wait to read your thoughts on the latest breach with the Saudis. DId you ever think you's see the day when our president would allow that to happen?

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    1. Me too.... I'm very perplexed with the Saudi developments.

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    2. If Diplomad Sir, you're considering posting on our current imbroglio with the Saudis, you "might" consider what Tunis has been arguing for some time. As you might recall back in January I suggested Benghazi resulted from ties between AQIM and AQAP - now of course it might be kept in mind [from the link I'm about to post]:

      Some Western analysts view all of the Tunisian government’s claims about AST’s connections to al-Qaeda with skepticism. This is understandable to some extent: there is a difference between claims the government makes and those facts that have been definitively proven true. However, most of the U.S.’s factual claims about the al-Qaeda network that surface in the Western press are similarly not accompanied by evidence to back them up—analysts take them seriously because they trust the U.S. government to have a higher standard of accuracy and reliability than Tunisia. But particularly when Tunisia cites documentary evidence, as is the case with the Allegiance Act between Abu Iyadh and Abdel Wadoud, it is worth looking further into the claim rather than dismissing it out of hand.

      http://warontherocks.com/2013/10/tunisias-war-with-ansar-al-sharia-new-revelations-about-al-qaedas-north-african-network/

      Arkie

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    3. Same. Interesting that Drudge highlights that Susan Rice was the straw that broke the camel's back. Cant forget how much the Egyptians liked the Ambassador there, too. This is what happens when you hire people dumber than yourself- Kerry, Hagel, Clinton, Rice, Powers, etc.

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    4. Here's hoping I don't make a nuisance of myself - lot's going on in recent hours.

      By now I'm (fairly) sure "most" know a couple of US sailors - merchant, not USN - have been taken off Nigeria, Algerian forces have taken a "big bunch" arsenal of formerly Gaddafi arms near Illizi (SE Algeria, bordering Libya) ... and oh my, the Tuaregs who seem to be swarming all over North Africa of late.

      http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-113hhrg81870/pdf/CHRG-113hhrg81870.pdf

      https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/wfbExt/region_afr.html

      Now I realize how much trouble a person might get himself into here on Diplomad's site by merely suggesting that it's just possible not all of this is Obama's fault - far a US strategic interests go ... yes of course but lately [at least over the past decade and more] "we" seem most interested with/in one specific place ... but in my humble opinion, it was in large part due to the Saudi Wahhabis' providing "us" the impetus "we" went deep. As did the Saudis themselves.

      But.

      They're only realizing just now the House of Saud might be rather more left to it's own devices to extricate itself out of the mess they created than to depend on us to do it for them.

      That the Saudis "appear" to be on the same side in all of this - except perhaps the Israelis might've preferred to keep Syria out of all this Arab Spring Crap in the first place - well ... avoiding that little miscalculation is an opportunity lost.

      Moshe Dayan was reputed to've replied after being asked, "How does Israel best guarantee staying out of Arab created messes?"

      "By not interfering in the arguments."

      Ark

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    5. Correction:

      "By not interfering while the Arabs are arguing."

      Ark

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    6. And the Israeli's are also POed at the US over Syria and Iran.

      It takes a very special type of incompetence to get both the Arabs and the Jews mad at you for the very same reasons.

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    7. Hm. Obama himself is so mediocre (except perhaps in his self-regard, which George Will has pointed out is so enormous it has a certain grandeur) that it's hard for me to credit him with a very special type of anything ... even incompetence.

      But you may be right. "[T]o get both the Arabs and the Jews mad at you for the very same reasons" ... I don't think that's really been done before by an American. For a precedent, you have to go back to the British, in the mandatory period.

      (No, Anonymous dear, the mandatory period is not what you started to get every month when you were fourteen.)

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    8. I am writing a piece about Saudi Arabia and the incompetence of the Obama administration in the MidEast. MY life keeps getting in the way of my writing.

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    9. Sorry Diplomad Sir, (not meaning to add to the troubles of your writing but) ...

      The Times quotes a classified State Department briefing paper from June 10 that painted a grim picture of the rebellion as led by the West's preferred rebel commander, Gen. Salim Idris of the Supreme Military Council (SMC) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

      Much of this could've been avoided had "we" done as "our" natural tendencies toward religious pluralities been adhered to.

      Here's the "least worst bad" happening:

      http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obama-administrations-worst-case-scenario-191038116.html

      But then (as Kepha & I both know) & this links to - again - Maverick Philosopher but it's the last of the links I'd call attention to - we Americans I should think at least ought to pay lip service to fellow Christians. Paul went to Antioch.

      Here's he (Maverick):

      Kirsten Powers, A Global Slaughter of Christians. The 'religion of peace' is at it again. But the PC-whipped churches stay silent.

      By the way, I admire the hell out of Kirsten Powers, even though she's a Dem (why Lord, why?): she has beauty, brains, and (the female equivalent of) balls. And she puts up goodnaturedly with the sometimes obnoxious Bill O'Reilly. But I admire the hell out of him as well. That leftists despise a moderate such as him shows what contemptible extremists they are.


      Link[s]:

      http://maverickphilosopher.typepad.com/maverick_philosopher/2013/09/good-reads.html

      http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2013/09/the-silence-of-our-friends-the-extinction-of-christianity-in-the-middle-east/

      We don't know each other Diplomad Sir, I'm "told" we're allies.

      I guess if I'm correctly informed though, "dissent' is to be expected?

      But from of one of your regulars Sir?

      Not on all things of course.

      Arkie

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    10. AlphaSixZulu?

      If you're meaning me "Arkie" - Anon - if you really wanna get my polled Hereford squawky it's ...

      AlphaEchoSixBravoNinerFive

      Squawk 955.

      Ark

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  20. Dip: What do you make of Jofi Joseph's screeds on Shrillary Shrew and Samantha Powerhungry?

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    1. I think it was an agent provocateur project.When it didn't produce or had outlived it's usefulness it was under the bus you go Jofi.

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  21. Just looking at a map of the Mid East. Let's see, Gulf Aqaba go south west turn left, cross Persian Gulf, retrace route. Israel and Saudi Arabia could become best friends for a little while.

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    1. Israel has always been desperate for friends in the Middle East, like the school kid who can't make one to save his life because he's so needy. A little less so, what with Jordan and Egypt at peace with them (and the Brotherhood on the run in the latter), but still very willing.

      So they're up for it. Netanyahu as much as said so in his U.N. speech, short of undiplomatically naming Saudi Arabia.

      As to Saudi Arabia: where else are they going to go?

      This situation even might not be an unmixed disaster, provided that Iran's nuclear program can be stopped despite American obstruction.

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    2. a6z: You're probably right, especially in the last sentence. My geography rumination was along the lines of a possible Israeli flight path.

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  22. Is it just my imagination or are some Dems now getting nervous about the O care roll out? I have been away for some much needed fishing and don't watch or listen to anything when I am thusly engaged. If my guess is correct, then these new Dem deniers will be the new "anarchists" and "radicals" I guess. My how 2 weeks can change perception since the Conservatives "lost" the shut down. Since these doubting Dems are who they are, then I suppose their "delay" request will be seen as more enlightened and sensitive.

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  23. A usual rant by one to the right of Attila the Hun.

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