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11/08/13 12:37:00 pm, by Tony Quain Email , 153 words
Categories: Economic Issues, Presidential Politics

Obama in his Chuck Todd interview yesterday:

I am deeply frustrated about how this website has not worked over the first couple of weeks. And, I take responsibility of that.

Now, having said that, given that I’ve been burned already with a website – well, more importantly, the American people have been burned by a website that has been dysfunctional.

Wait, I thought Obama said he was takes responsibility for the failure of the Obamacare web site. Here he is saying that he was burned by the web site (not the other way around). No. If you take responsibility for it, it is your web site. The American people have been burned by you.
Democrats think if they say “I take responsibility” for a failure, then people will forgive them or think they are upstanding or something. But they have no idea what they are saying. They do not mean it in the least.

11/08/13 11:50:00 am, by Tony Quain Email , 388 words
Categories: Culture Wars


And it’s scary to them. And I am sorry that they — you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me. We’ve got to work hard to make sure that — they know — we hear ’em and that we’re going to do everything we can — to deal with folks who find themselves — in a tough position as a consequence of this.

The “situation” that people find themselves in “based on assurances they got from” Obama is that he got re-elected. There is only one way to rectify that: resign.
The situation of people losing their health plans, on the other hand, is not due to any assurances, but due to the junk law that Obama and Democrats passed.
“Doing everything we can” means rescinding the law. Hooray! Oh, wait. It’s another Obama figure of speech that he doesn’t really mean. Period.

But in this transition, you know, there are going to be folks who get a cancellation letter, especially when a website’s not working. They’re looking and saying, ‘What am I going to do now?’ And — you know, we have to make sure that they — are not feeling as if they’ve been betrayed by an effort that —­ is designed to help them.

People don’t get a cancellation letter “especially when a website’s not working.”
On that last sentence, I could say: actually the effort is designed to help the uninsured, not the already insured. But that is way too charitable.
My public choice studies rather lead me to say: actually the effort is designed to make Democratic lawmakers feel good about themselves, at the expense of real people. They may try to say it’s about helping others, but all efforts like this are inherently selfish. That’s why Obama keeps using numbers:

I mean, we’re talking about 5 percent of the population.

You see, it’s not about helping people. It’s about saying, “I created a system where no one goes without health insurance. I am such a great soul.”
And then let the 15 million American souls who lose their insurance pick up the pieces. Not to mention the millions of other Americans who have to pay for your stupid law in higher taxes or government fines. Not to mention the millions of other Americans who now will be subsidizing actions contrary to their religion.

11/08/13 11:21:00 am, by Tony Quain Email , 209 words
Categories: Commentary


It’s a shame that the main point made in this article needs to be articulated at all. Yet so many (the majority of?) people don’t get it.

I remember way back in the late 1990s I saw John McCain on TV saying something to the effect of, “I don’t think we should discriminate for any reason at all.” Right then and there I decided John McCain was a freaking idiot.

In this article, I agree with 90% of it, but in the end he punts:

Perhaps it doesn’t make sense to look at the issue through the discrimination lens, though. The idea behind the law may simply be that, because women did not choose to be women, they shouldn’t have to pay extra for it – even if it costs more. These rules could be designed to rectify a cosmic injustice, using insurance premiums as the leveling force, rather than to stamp out unjust behavior on the part of insurance companies themselves.

What? But men pay more for food (if only because their larger bodies burn more calories on average). And men pay more in taxes (look it up). If we are to start equalizing “cosmic injustice", then let’s do so, not just stop at health care. That would be unfair.

11/08/13 10:36:00 am, by Tony Quain Email , 196 words
Categories: Krauthammer, Charles


Good article.
Like this nugget:

But the 800 number was more than bad form. It was bad substance. Turns out you can give all the information you want to the person at the other end of the line — or to your friendly community “navigator” — but that person must enter your data into the very same nonfunctioning Web site.

Sounds like Obama promoting make-work. Oh, wait. He probably doesn’t know that.
Or this:

Last Wednesday, he simply denied reality and said he really hasn’t changed his message from when he promised in June 2009: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period.”

Instead of simply admitting he was wrong, he went Clintonian, explaining that the pledge only applied to certain specified plans — which he now says he meant all along. Alas, this is one case of death by punctuation. “Period” means without caveats, modifications, loopholes or escape hatches.

That’s right. PERIOD. Live by stupid mind-numbing clichés, die by them.

Who will tell Obama that lies so transparent render rhetoric not just useless but ridiculous?

In all honesty, hopefully no one. Maybe then we can get back to honest, limited government.

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