So, let’s recap the history of ObamaCare…
A. It was
forced…er… passed entirely on Democrats’ votes.
B. Obama has had three year to prepare.
C. Development of the exchanges was led by Obama-appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
D. Sebelius’s team chose to develop the exchanges using ten-year-old technology and refused to adequately test it before its launch.
C. The Obama administration recently announced that it will be temporarily shutting down the website for the third time since its roll out two and a half weeks ago.
So, it should be obvious to anyone that the failures are entirely the fault of Republicans, right? That’s apparently what MSNBC thinks.
Ed Morrissey at HotAir notes…
What makes this amusing is that the conversation could have turned to whether the Republicans shot themselves in the foot with the shutdown by eclipsing all of the bad news from the rollout. That would explain that chyron, but clearly that’s not where the conversation went. Instead, the panel spent more than four minutes discussing how badly the rollout has gone and the fact that the White House might be forced into the position of delaying the individual mandate anyway, despite outlasting the GOP in the shutdown impasse.
Ironically, the entire segment demonstrates why the chyron would be inaccurate in any context — and why the tactical retreat on the shutdown might turn out to be a strategic victory for Republicans in the long run. Without the breathless minute-by-minute updates from Capitol Hill on the shutdown, the biggest national story and shared experience is the disastrous ObamaCare rollout, which is so bad and so big that even MSNBC can’t ignore it.
As of the time this is being written well over 53,000 people have signed a petition hosted by George Soros’ Liberal lobbying group, MoveOn.org to has the leading Republicans in the House of Representative arrest for “sedition” which they obviously interpreted as “disagreeing with Barack Obama”.
Here are some of the comments left by those who think disagreeing with Emperor Obama should be a crime…
Remember all the whining and moaning and complaining about how the government shutdown was causing government employees and their families to suffer [sniff, sniff. hang on while I wipe the tears away]. Well it turns out that not only were they getting paid (via unemployment claims) but many will get double pay–at taxpayers’ expense.
Via USA Today…
About 400,000 federal employees were furloughed during the 16-day shutdown. The legislation that reopened the government last week provides retroactive pay for the furloughed workers.
Some workers applied for, and received, jobless benefits for the period they were on furlough. The Labor Department plans to issue guidance this week that likely will require most states to recoup that money because the workers will also get their normal pay for the hiatus.
But laws in several states probably will allow workers to double-dip. The Labor Department was not able to provide an estimate of how many states on Friday.
In Oregon, for example, a rule permits furloughed employees to apply for jobless benefits if it’s not certain that they will receive back pay and there’s no set date for their return to work, says Tom Fuller, a spokesman for the Oregon Employment Department.
Whenever Liberals set their mind to remedy a problem, it is inevitable they will worsen it. The reason is that A. they think reality is something to ignore and B. they firmly believe good intentions are more affective than actual results. One of the main mistakes they make is adopting a Rogerian approach (make people aware of options) to every situation, an approach that not only it’s founder (Carl Rogers) denounced when used on the general population (it was intended solely for people misbehaving) but has failed every time Liberals have tried to use it.
So when they try to stop bullying, they don’t use the approach that has always worked before (an appeal to a moral absolute) they instead create a Rogerian approach and teach good kids how to be bullies.
The local CBS affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth notes…
University of Texas at Arlington criminologist Seokjin Jeong analyzed data collected from 7,000 students from all 50 states.
He thought the results would be predictable and would show that anti-bullying programs curb bullying. Instead — he found the opposite.
Jeong said it was, “A very disappointing and a very surprising thing. Our anti-bullying programs, either intervention or prevention does not work.”
The study concluded that students at schools with anti-bullying programs might actually be more likely to become a victim of bullying. It also found that students at schools with no bullying programs were less likely to become victims.
CNSNews’ Hans Bader also notes…
Broad anti-bullying rules can backfire and be harmful to child development. As a school administrator noted after passage of New Jersey’s bureaucratically rigid anti-bullying law, “The anti-bullying law also may not be appropriate for our youngest students, such as kindergartners who are just learning how to socialize with their peers. Previously, name-calling or shoving on the playground could be handled on the spot as a teachable moment, with the teacher reinforcing the appropriate behavior. That’s no longer the case. Now it has to be documented, reviewed and resolved by everyone from the teacher to the anti-bullying specialist, principal, superintendent and local board of education.”
Broad definitions of bullying, such as defining all teasing as bullying can harm children. Equating “teasing” with bullying, and calling for it to end (as some Obama administration websites do, and as Education Secretary Arne Duncan once did in a speech) is a bad idea, according to psychologist Dacher Keltner, who noted in The New York Times that teasing is educational for children and teaches them “the wisdom of laughing at ourselves, and not taking the self too seriously.”
It’s a cemetery. In most cemeteries, many of the stones themselves are in the shape of a cross. But in Sterling Colorado, it seems Christians aren’t welcome.
NBC affiliate KUSA reports….
Faith and family were inextricably linked for Linda Baker. The late woman’s husband, Mark, is the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church in Ovid.
Her family intended to recognize her faith and honor her wishes by engraving her cemetery marker with the word Jesus surrounded by the ichthys, the fish-like symbol of early Christianity.
The fish is fine, the manager of the city-owned cemetery said, but no Jesus.
“They felt that the name Jesus would be offensive to some,” said Stacy Adams, Linda’s daughter-in-law.
Todd Starnes of FoxNews also reports…
The family was devastated and asked the cemetery director to reconsider. He refused.
“He said, ‘What if somebody wanted to put a swastika?” she recounted. “My reply was, so what if they do? It’s not my business how they want to be remembered.”
The family then took their concerns to the Sterling city manager – but once again they were rebuffed.
“He refused to work with us,” she said. “He said he would have to take it to the city attorney. They were being difficult.”
She said city officials kept telling them that people would be offended by the name of Christ.
It was only after the family took their plight to Facebook, and the city faced massive negative PR that they apologized and blamed everything on the cemetery director.
A frequent blogger on the Liberal Daily Kos had a wake up call about the economic realities of collectivism when he got his insurance bill…
My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly has been $168 this year, mine $150. We have a high deductible. We are generally healthy people who don’t go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe.
Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife’s rate is gong to $302 per month and mine is jumping to $284.
I am canceling insurance for us and I am not paying any f***ing penalty. What the hell kind of reform is this?
Oh, ok, if we qualify, we can get some government assistance. Great. So now I have to jump through another hoop to just chisel some of this off. And we don’t qualify, anyway, so what’s the point?
I never felt too good about how this was passed and what it entailed, but I figured if it saved Americans money, I could go along with it.
I don’t know what to think now. This appears, in my experience, to not be a reform for the people.
What am I missing?
…a brain, otherwise you’d have known this was coming LIKE THE REST OF US DID!