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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Shirley Sharrod isn’t exactly clean and pure as the wind driven snow

Shirley Sherrod
Not exactly the hero she's being made out to be

I’ve been following the whole Andrew Breitbart vs. the NAACP/Obama Administration dustup involving the videotape of Shirley Sharrod of the USDA admitting to racial discrimination in carrying out her past duties before an audience at an NAACP event, and it’s just unpleasant.  Brietbart has a point, of course – Sharrod’s admissions of racism do garner murmurs of approval from the crowd, which is awful.  Critics of Brietbart have a point as well when they note that the statements made by Sharrod in the video clip released by Brietbart were tempered somewhat by her later comments in the address.  But Brietbart supporters also have a point when they respond by saying that the whole point of releasing the video clip in the first place was not to go after Sharrod, but to point out the approving reaction of the NAACP crowd to the awful things Sharrod was saying.  And almost everyone agrees that the White House acted too quickly in dismissing her from her job.

Opinion on Sharrod have whipsawed from her being a contemptible villain to her being a blameless victim over the course of just a few days.  With reflection, it seems that neither position is totally correct; she certainly has been victimized to some extent, but she’s certainly not the angel she’s being portrayed as at this moment.  I’m inclined to agree with Andy McCarthy at NRO, who comments on the contents of the full video of Sharrod’s speech, which still makes her look bad:

So, in Sherrod World, mean-spririted, racist Republicans do nasty things that “we” would never do because we have a president who, being black, is above that stuff. Still, we have-nots need to band together for “change” because a cabal of haves, desperate to keep their power, is still imposing their centuries old capitalist system of institutionalized racism — the same racism that courses through the Republican Party and surfaces on “us versus them” issues like healthcare.

Pardon me, but I think I’ll stay off the Canonize Shirley bandwagon. To me, it seems like she’s still got plenty of racial baggage. What we’re seeing is not transcendence but transference. That’s why the NAACP crowd reacted so enthusiastically throughout her speech.

With an ever-expanding federal bureaucracy assuming overlord status in what used to be private industry and private matters, are we supposed to feel better that this particular bureaucrat’s disdain, though once directed at all white people, is now channeled only toward successful white people … most of whom — like successful black people — worked very hard to become successful? Are we supposed to forget that when the Left says, “It’s always about the money,” you don’t have to have a whole lot of money to find yourself on the wrong side of their have/have-not equation? Are we supposed to take comfort in having our affairs managed by bureaucrats who see the country as a Manichean divide beset by institutionalized racism?

At the very least, Sharrod seems to have some toxic ideas about the American political and economic system guiding her actions.  Is it possible for people with toxic ideas to be treated badly?  Yes.  Does that mean that those people should be absolved of responsibility for or shielded from criticism of their ideas?  Absolutely not.

The Country’s In The Very Best Of Hands…

Or we’re screwed.  One or the other.

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.

Oil-covered pelican
"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.

Just another lie to throw on top of the pile

PowerLine:

The truth is that the federal government’s response to the spill was slow and flat-footed. Perhaps Obama’s worst misrepresentation related to the government’s use of fire booms:

Now, when it comes to what’s happening on the surface, we’ve been much more involved in the in situ burns, in the skimming. Those have been happening more or less under our direction, and we feel comfortable about many of the steps that have been taken.

The real record with respect to “in situ burns” is quite different, as we noted here. In fact, the federal government had a plan to combat major spills in the Gulf that relied on fire booms to carry out in situ burns. But when the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred, the government realized that it did not actually possess any fire booms. It obtained one from a company in Illinois and tried to borrow others from foreign governments. Meanwhile, the oil spread. Ron Gouguet, the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oil spill response coordinator who helped craft the government’s plan in 1994, expressed puzzlement that the plan had never been implemented and “speculated that burning could have captured 95 percent of the oil as it spilled from the well.”

So today’s press conference was just another chapter in the ongoing saga of the Obama administration’s dishonesty.

I remember being disgusted with Clinton in general for being so dishonest, but this guy is worse.  Just light years worse.

Washington Idiots “Solve” Health-Care “Crisis” By Creating Genuine Health-Care Crisis

60+ Hospitals in the development stage will be canceled because of ObamaCare, massive doctor shortage looms.

Great work there, morons!

Krauthammer Explains It All

Charles Krauthammer
Always Read Krauthammer. ALWAYS.

Why is Obamacare so unpopular when individual portions of it poll so well?

…that seven-hour televised exercise had the unintended consequence of showing the Republicans to be not only highly informed on the subject, but also, as even Obama was forced to admit, possessed of principled objections — contradicting the ubiquitous Democratic/media meme that Republican opposition was nothing but nihilistic partisanship.

Republicans did so well, in fact, that in his summation, Obama was reduced to suggesting that his health-care reform was indeed popular because when you ask people about individual items (for example, eliminating exclusions for pre-existing conditions or capping individual out-of-pocket payments), they are in favor.

Yet mystifyingly they oppose the whole package. How can that be?

Allow me to demystify. Imagine a bill granting every American a free federally delivered ice cream every Sunday morning. Provision 2: steak on Monday, also home delivered. Provision 3: A dozen red roses every Tuesday. You get the idea. Would each individual provision be popular in the polls? Of course.

However — life is a vale of howevers — suppose these provisions were bundled into a bill that also spelled out how the goodies are to be paid for and managed — say, half a trillion dollars in new taxes, half a trillion in Medicare cuts (cuts not to keep Medicare solvent but to pay for the ice cream, steak, and flowers), 118 new boards and commissions to administer the bounty-giving, and government regulation dictating, for example, how your steak was to be cooked. How do you think this would poll?

Perhaps something like three-to-one against, which is what the latest CNN poll shows is the citizenry’s feeling about the current Democratic health-care bills.

Krauthammer is the greatest of all columnists.  Always read Krauthammer.