This Sends Me

 

Okay, people, Cruz Schmuz. Here’s what makes life worth living. A little girl appeared on Holland’s Got Talent and sang Puccini. I admit to being a sucker for these things. And is there anyone with soul so dead that he can watch this without wonder?

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David Firestone wrote today, in the New York Times’ “Taking Note” blog, the following (emphasis mine): Most lawmakers mentioned President Obama’s unfortunate blanket statement that all Americans would be allowed to keep their insurance policies if they liked them. He failed to make an exception for inadequate policies that don’t meet the new minimum standards. Preview Open

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About that Labor Shortage

 

From an interesting (interactive!) piece in the Harvard Business Review:

 The information industry—which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as processors, producers, and distributors of data, informational, and cultural products—shed more jobs in the first decade of the millennium than any other sector except manufacturing. Down more than 750,000 jobs, the industry accounts for about 2% of the U.S. market and 4.6% of America’s GDP. The losses seem surprising, given that information businesses have long been assumed to be an engine of the modern economy. The culprit, ironically enough, is tech-driven innovation, which has produced dramatic gains in efficiency and widespread automation.

#WarOnHalloween?

 

Halloween is almost upon us, which means culture warriors across the country are preparing themselves for the annual “War on Christmas” back and forth among those who decry efforts to take the religiosity out of the holiday, those, like Jon Stewart, who make fun of them for it, and those who think the war on Christmas may in fact be a good thing.

But in our eagerness to ignore Thanksgiving (as usual) and jump right to Christmas, we may be missing a great #WarOnHalloween culture war moment (since it’s a cultural moment in 2013, it must henceforth be referred to solely through Twitter hashtags).

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Excellent points, and he quotes Chairman Bill: “Conservatives ‘need to make prudent accommodations. What conservatives are going to have to get used to is that certain fights we have waged are, quite simply, lost. It is fine, in our little seminars, to make the case against a federal Social Security system, but it pays to […]

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Today’s Lie:  The Web Site is an unfortunate technical error.  Don’t worry the product is good. Truth:  The product is horrific.  It will raise your premiums and you will lose your doctor.  The Web Site was designed to hide the horrible product.  That is why it is so inefficient.  Preview Open

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Penelope Is In — 31 October 2013

 

Dear Penelope,

I am a 34-year-old woman in a serious relationship with a great man six years my senior. He’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a man and I’m completely in love with him. We’ve been seeing each other for almost eighteen months and I know he is very happy in our relationship too.

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  The Santa Fe Trail was the “highway of the prairie”. Established in the early 1820s, it was an overland route for wagons and pack animals for trade between the Americans and the lucrative market in what was then the Spanish southwest. It ran from Missouri to (you guessed it!) Santa Fe. Near what is […]

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Last year, the citizens of Washington State kicked state government out of their liquor cabinets by voting to privatize hard liquor sales in the state. There was, of course, much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the nanny statists who exclaimed that all our children would die in drunk driving crashes, our puppies would be […]

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Those Tea Party types sure are dumb. While political elites were leading socioeconomic colloquies in Ivy League lecture halls, these uncultured proles were raising kids, building common businesses and (shudder) reading best-sellers. It’s a wonder such snake-handling hill people can find their way to a doctor’s office, let alone purchase their own insurance. So how […]

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Looks like the Techies will be thrown under the bus joining the large group of individuals Obama and his minions discarded to shift blame for their screw ups, past actions, and positions: A week after the contractors who built HealthCare.gov blamed the Obama administration for the site’s failures, the administration is shifting the blame right […]

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Yes, It’s Time for Yet Another Obamacare Rollout Calamity Update

 

And we have quite a lot of ground to cover.

  • A poll indicates that seventy percent of American voters want a delay of the individual mandate. I am frankly surprised that the number is not higher.
  • There has been a lot of talk about extending the enrollment period. Insurance companies don’t like that idea, because it cuts into their profits. In the event that you hear anyone trying to excuse the administration’s incompetence regarding the Obamacare rollout by repeating the tired old line about Obamacare being “more than a website,” remind those people that it is precisely the problems with the website that are causing the enrollment process to go haywire. In the event that the enrollment process is not extended, enrollees get in trouble for website problems that are, of course, completely beyond their control. In the event that the process is extended, insurance companies suffer for website problems that are, of course, completely beyond their control, and the loss of profits may lead to a loss of jobs. Lovely little dilemma we have going on here, no?
  • Secretary Sebelius is testifying today. She claimed that at no time did the health care website crash. Um . . . Incidentally, how much more of these nonsensical and clearly false claims do we have to put up with?
  • The new excuse from Democrats is that people are not receiving cancellation notices regarding their old health care plans. No, they are receiving “transition” notices. And if the people receiving these notices liked their health care plans just fine and don’t want to be “transitioned” into anything new, well, that’s just tough for them.
  • It’s nice to see that there are people who are calling the president out for deliberately misleading the American people regarding whether they can keep their health care plans. Lena Sun and Sandhya Somashekhar cover the issue and actually do a good job of listing the many ways in which the Obama administration engaged in dishonest rhetoric. Glenn Kessler gives the president four Pinocchios for claiming that under Obamacare, people can keep their health care plans if they like them. For those keeping score, four Pinocchios involve “whoppers” and are as bad as one can get on the dishonesty scale. Kudos as well to Jonah Goldberg for pointing out that either the president of the United States did not know the details of the health care plan that he was advocating, or he and his allies deliberately deceived the American people regarding the details of that plan.
  • One month before the launch of the Obamacare website, the administration was warned that the website would not be ready for prime time, and failed to heed those warnings. This, of course, means that the following statement from Marilyn Tavenner, the chief of Medicaid who was supposed to shepherd the rollout of the site, is entirely and completely untrue: “No, we had tested the website and we were comfortable with its performance . . . Now, like I said, we knew all along there would be as with any new website, some individual glitches we would have to work out. But, the volume issue and the creation of account issues was not anticipated and obviously took us by surprise. And did not show up in testing.” Concerns were listed as “severe,” but I guess that wasn’t enough to raise any alarm bells at the Obama administration.
  • And there’s more! “An internal government memo obtained by The Associated Press shows administration officials were concerned that a lack of testing posed a ‘high’ security risk for President Barack Obama’s new health insurance website.” So, you know, that’s terrifying.
  • Finally, let’s round out by pointing out that if you sign up for Obamacare, you will have fewer physician options available to you. That’s because many doctors and hospitals are not accepting insurance plans offered by the health care exchanges, andthat’s because the insurance companies under the exchanges will not adequately reimburse hospitals for the services that the hospitals provide. Recall that not only did President Obama promise us that if we like our health insurance plan, we can keep it, he also promised us that if we like our doctor, we can keep our doctor as well. So much for that promise; add it to the list of broken promises and deceptive statements issued by this administration.

Other than all of this, of course, everything is going just fine with the Obamacare rollout.

This Day in Santa Monica

 

At Il Forno, David Mamet’s favorite restaurant. The interview will appear in due course on the website of the Wall Street Journal, but I can tell you now that the nation’s greatest living playwright quoted Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Charles Krauthammer, the Constitution of the United States, and the Bible.

P.S.  The espresso proved flawless.

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The Democrats entered today’s Obamacare hearings with the grace, empathy and common touch for which they are rightly famous. Rep. Jan Antoinette (D-Versailles) did her best to defend the honor of star witness and HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius, but to no avail.  Preview Open

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The Smell of Panic

 

Jonah Goldberg has a lot of fun in this piece at the expense of Greg Sargent, who is less a journalist and more a hack on behalf of the Obama Administration. But in the midst of the entirely warranted Sargent-bashing, let’s not forget that Sargent’s calls for a bipartisan fix to Obamacare’s problems reek of fright and desperation.

As Goldberg properly notes, “[t]he president and the Democrats lied us into a bad law. The Right opposed the law on principle. A single party — the Democrats — own this law in a way that no party has had complete ownership of any major social legislation in a century. They bought this legislation with deceit and the GOP said so.” I am sure that this fact has dawned on even the likes of Sargent, and heck, he may be aware of the fact that the problems with the health insurance website actually do jeopardize the workability of Obamacare in general.

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Recent sightings of VP Joe Biden seem to me to be way down.  I checked Google Trends and the traffic seems to be bouncing around zero.  There was a bump in October 2012, and then way down since then.  Possibilities: 1. They (the Obama administration) are afraid that he will commit a gaffe (tell the […]

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Obama Lied, Coverage Denied

 

That’s how I suggest we summarize ObamaCare.  As far as I can tell from googling around, the phrase hasn’t entered the ether yet, so I am recommending it to the Ricochetti. 

We’ve all heard “Bush lied, people died” — and that’s the point.  It stuck in one’s mind.  When even the mainstream media concedes that the administration knew that millions of people would lose their existing coverage under ObamaCare, I say it’s time to crystallize the outrage into one catchy slogan.

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Over the course of a long run on radio, I talked to many of them and, as I say in the podcast we put up yesterday, Ian Kershaw was the best. But, in a long conversation over dinner the next night, he gently confessed that the mystery of Hitler’s compact with the German people was […]

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