Department of What is WRONG with These People?
In light of the continuing problems with Healthcare.gov it is clear Republican governors made an incredibly smart political decision when they opted not to build their own state-based exchanges. If you separate it from the policy implications, on a purely political level it was one of the smartest collective political moves in years.
It should now be obvious to everyone that building an insurance exchange is an incredibly difficult task. ...
By refusing to do the thankless and difficult job of creating such a complex system they managed push all the responsibility back on President Obama and the design of the law itself. Under this scenario the Obama team completely fell on their faces and took Obama’s poll numbers down with them.
And so they did!* As usual, Walker does all right up to a point. And, as always, that point is single payer. Read below the fold...
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Manager's weird motivational trick: "I'll go to jail if you don't make the launch date!"
I'm not making this up! WBUR:
With a July email sharing a video link to his summer testimony assuring lawmakers the site would work on time, he urges his team not to fall short, writing:
" 'I wanted to share this with you so you can see and hear that ... I under oath stated we are going to make Oct. 1,' [Henry] Chao [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services project manager in charge of HealthCare.gov] wrote. 'I would like you (to) put yourself in my shoes standing before Congress, which in essence is standing before the American public, and know that you speak the tongue of not necessarily just past truths but the truth that you will make happen.' "
So, if you want another view into Obama's reign of terror at HHS, CMS, HHS, CMS, and associated contractors, that quote should do it for you. "Make the deadline, or Henry goes to jail!" Dear Lord. (All down to Obama, too: 2013-04-20: "We will implement it.") Read below the fold...
Obama's Top Economic Adviser Tells Democrats They'll Have to Swallow Entitlement Cuts. I'm not even going to go into the detail because that would imply we should compromise on any of it. Here's what we ought to do instead: Read below the fold...
Shorter Walsh: Keep calm and take your cues from Obama's presser:
As predictably as night follows day, on Monday the media establishment pivoted away from obsessing about GOP extremism and the party’s alleged “civil war” to the “train wreck” that is, allegedly,* the Affordable Care Act.
And liberals helped lead the pivot.
Don’t get me wrong:
No, I won't!
The problems with Healthcare.gov are real, and disturbing, and must be fixed asap. (Think Progress has a dispassionate assessment here.)
Hilariously, the Think Progress URL, generated by the site or chosen by the author on WP sites like Think Progress, includes the word "debacle." However, some Walsh-like entity higher up in the Think Progress food chain toned that down to "Bumpy Rollout." Read below the fold...
Mike Duke is the CEO of Walmart, the world's largest recipient of food stamps.
Many of Walmart's customers and employees are food stamp recipients. Any cuts to the food stamp program will have a devastating effect upon Walmart's sales. So why isn't Duke using the tremendous clout of Walmart to defend food stamps? Read below the fold...
Re the NSA scandal, Obama postures that he wants to open a CRIMINAL investigation of what amounts to an information leakage on his own CRIMINALITY in defying our first, fourth and fifth amendment rights. His along with the other two branches of our government.
Fascistic enough for you? It is for me.
The patriarchy strikes back; it is bestial, it is brutal. It is Moloch, and it is consuming its daughters.
From the PBS Newshour, a story so frightful that it will shake your humanity to the core, in horror that your species includes amongst it the sort who would perpetrate the foul crime described.
Briefly, in a spasm of rage mimiced (it is estimated) 5000 times each year, a family of rich Pakistanis stalked and murdered its daughter and grandchildren. Her crime--she married a poor man.
The U.S., supposedly the world’s only “superpower” with a defense budget over a trillion dollars this year (according to Jim Lobe greater than the combined budgets of the 10 next-most powerful militaries), recently held confirmation hearings conducted by its Senate Armed Services Committee with former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense. Read below the fold...
I wonder if Obama’s face will be carved into Mount Rushmore. Has the universe seriously become that cruelly surreal and Orwellian?
I think so.
A few days ago when I saw Obama’s likeness photoshopped onto Mount Rushmore on Al Sharpton’s show it made bitter bile burn my throat and choke me.
I then managed to scream and announce to a brother and nephew that if or when Obama ended up memorialized in such a way that would be the day I moved to another country.
“Where will you move to?” my nephew asked. Read below the fold...
"Well, there is a lot of understandable resistance to the chained CPI idea," Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. "I think people are upset with that provision, but they want to see the overall agreement. I think everyone wants to see the final package and then weigh in."Read below the fold...
Stuff.co.nz compares America’s Black Friday to “something you might see might see amid a humanitarian crisis, a war or in the aftermath of a natural disaster.”
They link to a video which originally appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald website (the Australian accent is a giveaway): http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/79...
Read full article here: Stampedes and gun threats during Black Friday