Obamacare: The Greatest Show On Earth

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Artist’s rendering of Wednesday’s meeting

Roll Call posted a fascinating article on Wednesday detailing the growing sense of concern (or perhaps it would be more accurate to call it PANIC!) that many Congressional Democrats—especially those in marginally safe to contested seats—are experiencing over the rolling catastrophe of Obamacare’s implementation. For those who opposed the passage of the law in the first place, it’s a somewhat satisfying scene, which Jonah Goldberg is correct to refer to as a sort of “Schadenfreudarama.” Now, granted: it’s not a completely satisfying sort of schadenfreude; it would be much more satisfying if the consequences of the massive failure only affected those who insisted on pushing the thing through in the first place, and didn’t involve millions of people losing health insurance plans that they liked, with millions more likely on the way—along with the hardships that fact will entail for so many people. But in these days of chaos and confusion, I suppose I’ll take comfort in what little scraps of enjoyment come from watching those who supported this massive act of legislative malpractice scramble to save themselves from the consequences of their actions (which, of course, they had repeatedly been warned about).

But back to that article, which provides details on a meeting that occurred Wednesday between House Democrats and White House officials in which members of Congress basically demanded that the Obama Administration FIX THIS MESS. Some of the quotes in the article seem to me quite revealing of the mentality that prevails on the left side of the aisle in Congress*. For instance:

“Why can’t we call people who know how to do these things, who do it for corporate America, and say, ‘We have a website, fix it?’” asked Rep. José E. Serrano, D-N.Y. “Maybe I’m being simplistic, but can’t we call Bill Gates up and say, ‘Take care of this?’ Or go to a college dorm and say, ‘You guys, you invented Yahoo, can you take care of this?’”

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Kwame Kilpatrick: You know, that Kwame Kilpatrick is a lot like Ghandi, MLK, and Nelson Mandela

Kwame Kilpatrick appears to be in a revolutionary mood, which is totally understandable.  I mean, he was “the Hip-Hop Mayor.”  He was a rising star in his political party.  He was simply trying to do the people’s business and continue Detroit’s renaissance.  And let’s be honest:  each and every one of us knows that when you do the people’s business, it’s just naturally going to involve some light fraud, extortion, kickbacks and bribes.  That’s just the way things roll.  And when the government gets in your face and tries to stop you from doing the people’s business, well… sometimes a man has to namecheck Ghandi and MLK:

Since his indictment on corruption charges, Kwame Kilpatrick’s official Twitter account has extolled civil disobedience.

The messages evoke Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. and mention the American Revolution and the students at Tiananmen Square.

“When government acts against the interests of its people, disobedience may be warranted,” read a message. “When government acts in a hateful manner, disobedience may be warranted.”

Kilpatrick was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for allegedly turning City Hall into a criminal enterprise. His father, Bernard, and three associates also were charged with corruption.

…Two messages a day have been posted since the indictment Wednesday.

“We must obey God rather than men,” read a message on the day of the indictment.

“People may be compelled to disobey the law under two types of responsibility — moral and spiritual,” said a message the next day.

“Ghandi (sic) in India rightfully disobeyed the government” was posted Saturday.

Clearly, the laws against fraud and extortion in this country are totally immoral and unjust.  After all, they’re now being used to keep this young, promising African-American politician from supporting his family and spending some good father-son bonding time with his dad.  It’s just sad.

Meanwhile: Kilpatrick ‘conducted a thorough enterprise,’ says U.S. attorney.

[US Attorney Barbara McQuade] Explaining why the case is being prosecuted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, statute: “Because it fits the kind of crimes the RICO statute was intended for. The pattern of racketeering activity we have here involves bribery, extortion, fraud and tax violations. And it went on over a long period of time. The administration of Kwame Kilpatrick conducted a thorough enterprise, so I think all the hallmarks of a racketeering conspiracy were there.”

Paul Ryan (R-Awesometown) Attempts Adult Conversation With Democrat

Naturally, the effort failed, as Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is not an adult, but rather a political point-scoring machine.  Granted, a badly programmed and defective machine, but a machine nonetheless:

What we learn from this, once again, is that a) Democrats have no ability to look beyond the next election, and b) Paul Ryan is still Superman.

Honest Democrats are Rare and Precious

…and should be kept away from Congress like the rest of them all the same.  Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello had this to say back in March:

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned up here (in Washington) and I didn’t really need to come up here to learn it, is the only way to get Congress to balance the budget is to give them no choice, and the only way to keep them out of the cookie jar is to give them no choice, which is why – whether it’s balanced budget acts or pay as you go legislation or any of that – is the only thing. If you don’t tie our hands, we will keep stealing”

Here’s the video:

For once, I believe we have a case of a Congressman telling us the truth.  I look forward to seeing this chump’s hand’s tied in November.  Hopefully he’ll  be sent safely away from the Capitol where he can’t do any more legislative damage.

Jennifer Granholm’s Definition of “Success”

Her definition of success is apparently very similar to everyone else’s definition of failure.

“This is the laboratory of the states right here,” she told NBC’s David Gregory. “And I can tell you what has worked. What has worked is the government smartly intervening to save the auto industry; smartly, strategically, surgically intervening to invest with the private sector to create, for example, the electric batteries for the vehicles; smartly intervening with the private sector to be able to do the breakthrough technologies that the private sector doesn’t have the funds to be able to do. That’s what other countries are doing. And we’ve got to realize that these economic models that just say, ‘We’ve got to cut, cut, cut, cut, cut,’ you know, who’s applauding most is China.”

I’m not sure how Granholm can claim credit for a federal initiative to save GM and Chrysler, and the reality is that Ford is doing reasonably well these days without having been bailed out by the government.  And then there’s that battery plant in Holland to do the “breakthrough technologies that the private sector doesn’t have the funds to be able to do.”  First of all, the government has no funds outside of what it leeches off the private sector.  Secondly, if there was an actual demand for this “breakthrough technology,” you can bet that plenty of money will make its way to that product without the government’s help.

Granholm is as dumb as a stump, an empty skirt if there ever was one, and she’s lucky that she ran for governor in a state dominated by union politics against lackluster opposition, because that’s how she got elected.  The day she leaves office is the day that Michigan has a chance to grow again, barring the election of Virg Bernero as Governor, who seems to think that he can somehow by executive fiat recreate the good old days when Michigan was the only game in town for auto manufacturing and high school graduates could walk down to the employment office at GM and get a high-paying assembly line job with a big fat pension when they retire at age 55.  Ain’t gonna happen.

All that to say: what an idiot Granholm is.

The Country’s In The Very Best Of Hands…

Or we’re screwed.  One or the other.

It’s nice to constantly be generalized using stereotypes that may or may not have applied to my grandparents.

CNN claims that Obama didn’t dare be anything but über-cool about the oil spill because us white folks would get all creeped out by the “angry black man.”

[sigh]

There are times that I hate the left and the media more than others.  This is one of those times.

Seriously, dude – Even Chris “Tingles” Matthews can’t believe you haven’t talked with Tony Hayward

Barack:

Look, I know you’re busy and all what with having to figure out how to best ration me out of the health care system when I get old and dumping even more money into large burning pits, but you’re starting to look like a massive tool and I wanted to point out that you might want to actually start acting like an executive and talking to the people in charge at BP instead of, you know, trying to come up with a really pithy turn of phrase to describe your outrage or sending Eric Holder and his crack team of undersea lawyers down to the gulf to clog the leak with lawsuits.

Seriously:  even Chris Matthews – who seemed to be physically attracted to you for quite a while there – is now openly questioning your competency:

Don’t forget – your entire campaign was based on the supposed desire to establish open, competent governance that was responsive to the people.  It’s kind of hard to argue that the “open” and “responsive to the people” parts didn’t go up in flames with the Obamacare fiasco, and at this point any faint hint of competency that still remains attached to your administration is pretty much in tatters.  And that’s me being very generous.

If you’re looking for someone who might be able to give you some pointers on a way forward now that you’ve pretty much botched this thing as badly as humanly possible, might I suggest

Please, sir, for the sake of the Gulf residents, reach out to experts who have experience holding oil companies accountable. I suggested a few weeks ago that you start with Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources, led by Commissioner Tom Irwin. Having worked with Tom and his DNR and AGIA team led by Marty Rutherford, I can vouch for their integrity and expertise in dealing with Big Oil and overseeing its developments. We’ve all lived and worked through the Exxon-Valdez spill. They can help you. Give them a call. Or, what the heck, give me a call.

I know, I know – calling her for help would be unthinkable.  But a couple of weeks ago, a massive gusher of crude spewing from a destroyed well and fouling beaches from the Mississippi delta to Panama City (and potentially far beyond) was unthinkable, right?  And you have, in the past, expressed a willingness to talk with evil people.

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"Never again," Obama said. Remember that?

C’mon, man.  You represent the party that believes that government can solve any problem, anywhere, any time.  And heck, this problem is actually happening in a place that the Federal government has responsibility for.  That’s you, by the way.  You’re the chief executive of the Federal government. You’re looking for someone’s ass to kick?  How about you get off your ass and start moving some oil containment booms into place?  Work with BP and get some supertankers out there to suck up the oil.  DO SOMETHING.  Because every day that goes by makes you look like a bigger ass, ripe for the kickin’.

Sincerely,

Oily Pelican

You have got to be kidding me

Allahpundit:

Video: Obama can’t explain why he hasn’t spoken to BP’s CEO

He didn’t open a line of communication on day 1?  And he still hasn’t even talked with the guy?  Good lord.  This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so infuriating.