The Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight

It’s too early to write the history of the Obama administration. But, at this point, it looks like, for the most part, that history may be summed up in three words: coulda, woulda, shoulda. I “coulda” signed an immigration bill, but Congress was too busy shutting down the government. I “woulda” closed the gun show loophole, but the NRA wouldn’t let me. “I “shoulda” done something about climate change, but I just ran out of time.

The one, big exception is the Affordable Care Act. That is the one concrete thing President Obama has accomplished. As Joe Biden would say, that’s a “BFD,” which is why the breakdown of the Obamacare website is so inexcusable. It will be fixed, but it never should have collapsed in the first place.

Launched on October 1, the same day Congress shut down the federal government, problems with the website designed for people to sign up for one of 36 state health exchanges popped up immediately. Customers had to be cleared before they could shop (just the opposite of most commercial websites). The website shut down in the middle of many searches, dropping all stored data, and forcing customers to start over from scratch. Rates were often misquoted, and inaccurate information relayed to insurance providers.

And what was the response of the Obama administration? One pitiful excuse after another. First, they declared that the problem was simply too much traffic. They didn’t expect so many people to check it out, they lamented, so they couldn’t handle the volume, which made no sense at all. How can you preach for years that millions of Americans are eager to buy health insurance — and then say you’re surprised when millions of Americans are, indeed, eager to buy health insurance?

At the same time, the White House minimized problems with the site as the kind of “glitches” every new site experiences, but which would quickly work themselves out. Except that experts soon confirmed that difficulties navigating the site stemmed from serious system failures, and not mere glitches.

Then HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius told CNN that part of the problem was that so many people going to the website were not “tech savvy.” Which may be true, but which is also why the site should have been designed as fool-proof and easy to use. Not to mention that countless “tech savvy” people reported they couldn’t find their way around the website, either.

Finally, 21 days after launch, President Obama admitted the problems were serious, expressed his anger and frustrations with the website failures and announced he was bringing in a team of the best and brightest, the so-called “tech surge,” to straighten out the mess. Good move. But, one must wonder, why the best and brightest weren’t hired to design the system from the start, instead of CGI, a Canadian firm, who, according to USASpending.gov, were paid upward of $634 million — for nothing. HHS would have been better off subcontracting the whole operation out to Amazon or ProFlowers. They know how to handle traffic. They thrive on it.

It’s not all bad news. Where the federal government has floundered, state governments have soared. On my show, I’ve heard nothing but success stories from those 14 states — California, New York, Washington State, Maryland, Connecticut and others — where governors have embraced Obamacare and set up their own websites. Under Democratic Governor Steve Beshear, Kentucky leads the pack, signing up an average of 1,000 new health care patients a day. Ironically, it’s only in those states where Republican governors have rejected Obamacare that the administration has run into trouble.

Nevertheless, opponents of the Affordable Care Act are enjoying this meltdown a little too much. They love the fact that the launch is having so many problems. It just reinforces their stale old argument that the ACA should be delayed or dumped altogether. But they’re only kidding themselves. Obamacare is here to stay. It’s already helped millions of Americans. Problems with the website, which is only one part of Obamacare, will soon be fixed. By January, as many as 30 million more Americans will be able to sign up for the health care they need for themselves and their families, at bargain rates never before available.

In the meantime, this isn’t rocket science. The Obama administration should stop making lame excuses, admit they dropped the ball big time, and just get busy and fix the darned thing. Fast!

1490 Responses to The Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight

  1. Jeffg says:

    huffingtonpost.com/tag/iran-death-penalty/

    And let’s use your logic here. You defend Iran, in Iran gays get the death penalty, therefore you hate gays. How do you like it when your convoluted logic is used against you?

    washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/02/24/here-are-the-10-countries-where-homosexuality-may-be-punished-by-death/

  2. emile says:

    How cann you not like EWarren?

    ****There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. … You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.***

  3. emile says:

    Her Political affiliation:
    Warren voted as a Republican for many years saying, “I was a Republican because I thought that those were the people who best supported markets”.[16] She states that in 1995 she began to vote Democratic because she no longer believed that to be true, but she says that she has voted for both parties because she believed that neither party should dominate.[24]
    She has already stood up to wall st, and banksters, tarpers.CEOs,
    You think that makes her French??
    I can see why your people don’t like her.

  4. emile says:

    ***And let’s use your logic here. You defend Iran, in Iran gays get the death penalty, therefore you hate gays. How do you like it when your convoluted logic is used against you?***

    This……..is your convoluted logic. Not mine.
    I am not a fan of Iran.or any other middle eastern country. They are still living in the dark ages.

  5. Jeffg says:

    How can I not like warren? Easy, she’s a fake socialist feeding idiots like you a line you want to hear. You like her rhetoric about the ‘rest of us built’? Ok, consider the following
    The Top 50 Percent of All Taxpayers Paid 97 Percent of All Income Taxes; the Top 5 Percent Paid 57 Percent of All Income Taxes; and the Top 1 Percent Paid 35 Percent of All Income Taxes in 2011. Do you know what that means? The bottom 3% didn’t build shit! Using her logic the question should be why are the bottom 50% allowed to use the roads the rest of us built? Why should they benefit from our tax dollars when they contribute NOTHING TO THE POT!!

    The reality is that most of us contributed via our tax dollar to the construction of those roads therefore we all get equal use of them. We all get equal benefit from them. Your and warrens position is that just because the business man was smarter, more motivated, or more ingenious then you you’re going to punish him by making him pay more for the road than you. He already paid his share of it. His business already pays it’s share of it. His business pays more for that road then do those in the bottom 50%. Why should he have to pay more for it just because he put it to better use than you? And what about all the permit fees he pays for his business, all the extra gas tax and tolls his business pays? You just want to ignore that and take, take, take. Tell me, what happens when you have nothing more to take because everyone leaves? Will elizabeth take you in or shut the door on your face?

  6. Jeffg says:

    Warren is known for changing her political affiliation to the one that most benefits her.
    What happens to bernie? No longer the flavor of the day?

    “***And let’s use your logic here. You defend Iran, in Iran gays get the death penalty, therefore you hate gays. How do you like it when your convoluted logic is used against you?***

    This……..is your convoluted logic. Not mine.
    I am not a fan of Iran.or any other middle eastern country. They are still living in the dark ages.”

    No it’s your logic. It’s the same logic you apply to the right. Just because they think a woman should pay for her own birth control you equate that to thinking ‘woman aren’t human’.

    And yes, you’ve supported Iran on several occasions. You’ve held them up as an example and have defended them at every turn.

    What happened to your curiosity about the CIA and education day? Not so curious after all are you?

  7. emile says:

    Ok , first of all , the gas tax for roads and bridges hasn’t been raised in 21 years. We could raise that up to where it belongs. Get right on that , will ya?

  8. Jeffg says:

    That’s beside the point. The business man pays just as much in gas tax as you do. So why do you deserve to share in his profits?
    What fee or tax did you contribute that he didn’t?

    It all comes down to jealousy. He’s successful, you aren’t, therefore you want him to support your failure.

    And why do the 50% who contributed nothing get to drive on the roads the rest of us built?

    If that’s yr stance maybe we should have a lane for the 1%, a lane for the top 10%, 20% etc. That way we can see who contributed what. Or we can all pay our taxes and quit trying to take credit for other peoples hard work and ingenuity.

  9. emile says:

    And your supreme monarchy of 5 believe corporations have rights but women don’t?? That was what hobby lobby was about, no? If you want to condemn the barbarians you may as well start here.

  10. emile says:

    EWarren is now a dake socialist? As opposed to a fake capitalist?

  11. emile says:

    The bottom 3% prolly doesn’t use shit either. Why should they pay anything?

    Anyone seen my last post anywhere??

  12. Jeffg says:

    ‘And your supreme monarchy of 5 believe corporations have rights but women don’t?? That was what hobby lobby was about, no? If you want to condemn the barbarians you may as well start here.’
    Exactly the kind of hyperbole I’m talking about.
    What right did the Supreme Court take away from women? Can you name it? What right do men have that women don’t?
    Let me guess, time to change the subject again?

  13. Jeffg says:

    What’s wrong? Can’t explain why you deserve to share the business mans profits for doing nothing while he did all the hard work and took all the risk?

    You got noting do you ? You’re just a bag of hot air floating from one headline to the next. Not intelligent enough to actually understand it and not curious enough to think critically about it.

    Come on, where’s your curiosity about the CIA building? Don’t in want to know? How about nat’l ed day? Are you afraid of the truth? Will it throw your fantasy world into a spin if reality is revealed to you?

    I know you can’t say what right women lost because they didn’t lose ANY. Its just a feel good line to get the base upset at the republicans. Problem is that base is full of idiots like yourself.

  14. emile says:

    Do you know what hobby lobby was about? The Supreme Court of 5 monarchs ruled that. Corporations have the right to dictate the birth control polcies of women..the court of monarchs ruled that corporations have rights and women do not. The point was that women lost 4 types of birth control because the corporation was opposed to it. Legal, contraceptives.that some women use as medication, not necessarily as birth control.
    Your people again. Barbarians.
    Where’s my other post??

  15. emile says:

    I did explain once and sent it up twice, now it’s gone. Net neutrality is a wonderful thing.
    Why don’t you put my post back?

  16. emile says:

    **Are you afraid of the truth? Will it throw your fantasy world into a spin if reality is revealed to you?**

    There is very little lately that might Surprize me.
    What has gotten into our protect and serve police forces??
    CHP beating the living crap out of an old woman, NYPD choking an unarmed man to death. Doors busted down, dogs shot, WTF?
    United S.W.A.T. Teams of Amerika thinks that SWAT teams should be PRIVATIZED. Whatever , could go wrong there???
    In case you haven’t noticed lately, they’ve been recalling your food left and right.
    In San Francisco the corporate busses drive the same routes as city busses but only Cupertino people are allowed to ride them. Nice people , socially and professionally.
    You’re gonna tell me, their busses right?
    Not their roads, safety officers, lighting maintenance, traffic control.?

    Jerry brown shot down your pals idea of dividing California into 6 separate states, by dismissing it as nonsense. And rightly so.

  17. emile says:

    **She made $350,000+ a year to teach one class! ***
    Apparently , unlike you, people want to hear what she has to say and are willing to pay for it.

  18. emile says:

    I think the CIA keeps dunking my post.
    I guess, if you want the truth, you need to ask them.

  19. emile says:

    Excerpt from the 8:59 post:

    …Once the elections were over and incumbents had secured their seats, Congress gutted the STOCK Act and went back to blatantly profiting from insider trading…

    Liars, pirates, and thieves . Changing the laws to increase their profit margins. Oops I mean ” working hard for their money”

  20. Jeffg says:

    ‘Do you know what hobby lobby was about? The Supreme Court of 5 monarchs ruled that. Corporations have the right to dictate the birth control polcies of women..the court of monarchs ruled that corporations have rights and women do not. The point was that women lost 4 types of birth control because the corporation was opposed to it. Legal, contraceptives.that some women use as medication, not necessarily as birth control.’

    What the Supreme Court ruled was that hobby lobby doesn’t have to PAY for certain types of birth control. An employee can get all the birth control they want, nobody is stopping that. Show me where the Supreme Court outlawed birth control only for women or at all.

    The 4 types they lost had NOTHING to do with medication, they were the so called morning after abortion pills used solely to prevent pregnancy. They are still available and not outlawed and any woman can get them. Also if a medical doctor needs to prescribe a type of birth control for medical reasons that also is covered by hobby lobby’s insurance. In fact hobby lobby’s insurance ALLOWED all types of birth control EXCEPT the morning after pill. The ones that can be used for medical purposes already were and still are allowed under their insurance plan. This whole court case was over the 4 abortion type pills and nothing more.

    Not a single right was lost. The only thing that changed was who pays for it.

    Free birth control is not a right. If it is then why don’t men get free condoms? Under equal protection one group can’t be favored over another therefore why is nobody up on arms about men not getting free condoms? This whole argument is nothing but BS. here’s another version of it. The constitution supports my right to own a gun. Where’s my free gun? Where are my free bullets? It’s my right, shouldn’t they be provided to me for free? I’ll answer, no they shouldn’t. The right to something doesn’t mean you get it for free.

  21. Jeffg says:

    ‘In San Francisco the corporate busses drive the same routes as city busses but only Cupertino people are allowed to ride them. Nice people , socially and professionally.
    You’re gonna tell me, their busses right?
    Not their roads, safety officers, lighting maintenance, traffic control.?’

    They have just as much rights to the roads, safety officers etc as you or anyone else does. The employees on those buses pay taxes. The corporation that leases the buses pays local taxes the same as any individual. They pay for the buses which creates jobs which create further taxes. Part of their lease expense pays for road tax which covers the road they are using.

    What aren’t they paying for that you think the average citizen is? Why do you have more of a right to the road then they do? In fact what would happen to San Fran if all the business left and took their tax dollars with them? How would their roads be?

    CIA is not the least bit interested in you. Nice try but it’s a cop out. You don’t know what building your talking about do you?

    ‘She made $350,000+ a year to teach one class! ***
    Apparently , unlike you, people want to hear what she has to say and are willing to pay for it.’
    Good for her. Don’t really care about her or what she makes. What I care about is how not to long ago you were against athletes making so much money and questioning if why they were worth it. Now that you like warren you turn a blind eye to her making money for doing nothing. That’s called hypocrisy.

    Since you like her so much why don’t you enlighten me on her foreign policy positions, or her position on civil liberty, job creation, education, domestic spying. I’ll bet you can’t. She’s a one trick populist pony and once you get her off her class warfare shtick she’s not very deep.

  22. jeffg says:

    By Steven T. Dennis
    Roll Call Staff
    April 15, 2013, 4:44 p.m.

    President Barack Obama signed a partial repeal of the STOCK Act on Monday, with the White House citing national security concerns in canceling a planned online database of investment information of top congressional staffers and administration employees.

    “Both houses of Congress passed this bill unanimously and it was not done in a vacuum,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said. “Congress changed the online posting provision only after a panel of experts from the National Academy of Public Administration studied this issue and issued a report recommending indefinite suspension,” raising national security, law enforcement and personal security concerns.

    However, advocates of the legislation — notably Public Citizen and the Sunlight Foundation — had ripped both the repeal of the online database as a blow to accountability and the way it was passed without debate in either the House or the Senate.

    While some of the information will still be available to the public, people will have a much more difficult time accessing it without a searchable online database.

    Public Citizen had urged a veto, but on April 12 the Justice Department said in a related court filing that the president would sign the bill.

  23. jeffg says:

    Want to guess who was the sole sponsor for the changes to the stock act?

    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/s716-113/show

  24. emile says:

    ****. Her greed is partly responsible for high tuitions, she doesn’t work for her money she just watches it grow, and I’ll even bet she has a accountant finding her all the tax breaks she can get**
    What kind of twisted jangled thought process…?
    EW had nothing to do with the high tuitions. Jezuz .
    The high tuitions are brought to you by the same people you keep defending. Once universities were privatized, zing, the tuitions went up. This is a corporate profit thing.
    This is also why administrators on every campus in the US out number faculty.

  25. Jeffg says:

    Really? You don’t think a $350,000 salary contributes to the cost?

    Always making excuses for those democrats. Why did Harry reid gut the STOCK act?

  26. Jeffg says:

    You keep blaming privatization. Got any proof? It’s mostly labor cost.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveodland/2012/03/24/college-costs-are-soaring/

  27. emile says:

    Lol. Labor costs. You mean administrator costs? Up 61%. Less professors.
    ***Imagine what college costs would be if they weren’t underwritten partially by other tax dollars!***
    so, my question here is , what would they be without funneling government money into the pockets of the education corporation??
    There are so many countries on this planet that charge citizens……..zero! Why not here??
    Could it be that the corporate tit babies NEED that govt money? Another area where I am all for non profit education and healthcare.

    What are the going rates for Harvard Law Professors??
    Some of your clowns get $350,000 just for showing up. Like palin, they never have anything to say, but, they show up.

  28. emile says:

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/pay-data-sought-for-for-profit-colleges/

    Billions and billions going into the pockets of the corporate colleges. All this money spent is having zero effect on the students education.

  29. emile says:

    What exactly is the cost of P R O F I T ?
    Whatever, it’s just keeps going up.

  30. Jeffg says:

    For profit colleges make up less than a half a percent of all colleges. The cost are soaring at the not for profit colleges for various reasons. One is a reduction in federal spending and the other is increasing labor cost of both the administrators and professors like warren.
    The administrator to professor ratio is increasing because of govt regulations and the people needed to administer them.
    I agree, cut the administrator ratio by 3/4ths. Look at your public high schools. You can make the same argument there and they are not for profit.

  31. emile says:

    Here’s another big lie about how the GOP is looking out for you:

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/25090-backed-by-big-telecom-gop-takes-aim-at-net-neutrality-and-community-broadband

    Looks like more hard work and ingenuity at the GOP.
    Telecommunications now on the road to. Too big to fail.

  32. emile says:

    The highway trust fund is broke. How is this FACT beside the point. Taxes for. This fund haven’t been raised in 21 years. Now it’s broke.

    Guess we better get boat out!

  33. jeffg says:

    ‘The highway trust fund is broke. How is this FACT beside the point. Taxes for. This fund haven’t been raised in 21 years. Now it’s broke.”

    The tax and the trust fund have nothing to do with whether a business has less access rights to the road then you do. You both pay the same percentage of tax for that road use so why do you and EW think they should fork over some of their profits in addition to the tax thety already paid for the use fo the road?

    If you want more money for the highway trust fund then raise taxes for all. If you want those who use the road more to pay more then make them all toll roads which would be a use tax.

    Either way your original argument and the lack of funds in the trust are to seperate issues. Although it’s not really surprising you don’t understand that.

    What CIA building?
    What do you think the conspiracy is behind nat’l ed day changing dates?
    What rights did women lose?
    Why do you think you built that road but the business didn’t?
    Why do you never support your false accusations?

  34. jeffg says:

    Here’s the real conundrum about the gas tax. It’s not so much that the tax hasn’t been raised but that cars are more fuel efficient. The higher the MPG the less tax we pay. What happens to your highway fund if we all switch to electric cars? The answer to either is to track people and tax their miles. Do you want to the govt to know everywhere you go? I don’t. How is that going to affect the average Joe who drives 20 or 30 miles each way to work? What will that do to the cost of goods delivered to stores?
    Have you thought this one thru much?

  35. emile says:

    The corporation hasn’t yet offered to fix the roads being continuously torn up by heavily laden trucks full of Playboys and Hustlers, and don’t forget the tons of Chinese junk clogging and destroying our freeways. Your comparison of 4 wheelers to 18 wheelers doesn’t hold water. Why should they pay the same amount in taxes when it’s their huge heavy trucks destroying the roads getting the junk to Walmart??

  36. emile says:

    If the highway tax hasn’t been raised in 21 years, but, the price of everything else has, this is going to leave a deficit. What was the price of gas 21 years ago?
    It’s nearly $4.00 today, but it’s still not covering the cost of maintaining highways and bridges.
    Now, maybe I haven’t thought this through, but, your answer seems to be, just keep complaining about raising taxes until it goes away. Not much different than GOP leadership. No solutions just , Nein, nein, Nein.
    We had pretty nice roadways when gas was .25 cents/gallon. So, what happened?

  37. emile says:

    The govt doesn’t care where I go, unless it’s to Massachusetts to buy firecrackers to empty out and make a bomb. All they need to do is hack your cars computer at any given moment they know exactly where you are.same with your cellphone. Do you think they don’t have this technology but everyone else does?
    Billy gates has been busy making microchips that dispense hormones at the click of a mouse. I say , why should we limit it to birth control? Control being the key word here.

  38. jeffg says:

    Moron, this your topic. At least know something about it.

    “Why should they pay the same amount in taxes when it’s their huge heavy trucks destroying the roads getting the junk to Walmart??”

    I’ve been making it easy for you. The fact is they DO pay more than a “4 wheeler”.
    a. most commercial trucks use diesel which is taxes at 6 cents more per gallon than gas
    b. They pay Tire taxes of 9.45 cents for each 10 pounds so much of the maximum rated load capacity thereof as exceeds 3,500 pounds
    c. They pay Truck and Trailer Sales Tax of 12 percent of sales price for tractors and trucks over 33,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and trailers over 26,000 pounds GVW
    d. they pay a annual Heavy Vehicle Use Tax for trucks 55,000 pounds and over GVW, $100 plus $22 for each 1,000 pounds (or fraction thereof, in excess of 55,000 pounds).
    e. They have to register as a commercial vehicle which has increased fees dependent on weight.
    f. They have to pay weigh fees which can be in the thousands of dollars per load.

    b,c,and d all go to the highway trust fund for the repair of our roads.

    “Now, maybe I haven’t thought this through, but, your answer seems to be, just keep complaining about raising taxes until it goes away.”

    Here’s a solution. When instituted 100% of the fund went to maintenance of the roads and bridges. Now 25% of the fund goes to public transportaion. Who rides public transport? Mostly people who don’t have cars who therefore don’t contribute to the highway trust fund. In other words they either using roads that ‘the rest of built’ for free or at a highly subsidized rate. It also introduces the interesting problem of the more people you get to use public transport the more depleted the trust fund gets. So you could today increase the trust fund liquidity by 25% today if you stop subsidizing public transport. We should also make those people pay for using roads ‘the rest of us built’, with business’ counted in the ‘us’, by adding 18 cents to each bus fare and applying that to the trust fund. Right there I’ve increased the trust fund by at least 30%.
    That would be fair right? You and EW are opposed to something the rest of built being used for free by others aren’t you?

    Go ahead, raise the gas tax. Who do you think it will impact the most? corporations or the average person? Do you think walmart is going to suck up the gas tax or increase the price of their goods by an equal amount? How will raising that tax impact the family vacation next summer? Will you go as far or will you go at all? How will less people travelling impact the places they travel to? How will less people travelling therefore using less gas affect the highway fund? Nothing is done in a vacuum.

    What CIA building?
    What do you think the conspiracy is behind nat’l ed day changing dates?
    What rights did women lose?
    Why do you think you built that road but the business didn’t?
    Why do you never support your false accusations?
    Why are you so jealous of bill gates?

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