Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up
After three years of getting ready, yesterday the nation signed on to get Obamacare only to have websites across America crash. The ones that were not crashing were scam sites designed for identity theft. Amid all of that, if you tried to get Obamacare through an internet search engine, you probably got scammed. “[S]ome of these scam sites actually have better search-engine rankings than official | Read More »
Barack Obama spitefully *chose* to make WWII Memorial inaccessible to veterans.
Every time I look at the WWII Memorial story, it gets worse. It’s bad that the Obama administration closed down national monuments and museums, because it thinks that attacking DC tourism will give the Democratic party leverage over the Republican party. It’s bad that the Obama administration tried to keep WWII veterans away from the monument that honors them. It failed, of course, but they | Read More »
The Detroit Non-Bailout And The Power Of A Shut-Down Government
Let’s say you do what you are told, show up at your place of appointed duty and then lather rinse and repeat for a good 10 to 25 years. If you are a Federal Employeee deemed “non-essential*” that gets you furloughed because the US Senate hasn’t bothered passing a legitimate budget in four years and the House of Representatives no longer has the patience or good will to give them a clean continuing resolution that funds ObamaCare.
Now let’s say you spend an entire city’s budget on union pensions that are based on untennable guaruntees and are underfunded by a steadily deteriorating tax base. If you are Detroit, and voted 82% for Barack Obama, that means you get $320M worth of what the New York Times insists !IS NOT! a bailout.
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ObamaCare software is incompatible with American hardware
When you try to run software that’s incompatible with your hardware, this is what happens. ObamaCare’s failure is spectacular, and not just the coast-to-coast sharknado of error messages, system crashes, pages not found, and unresponsive technical support. The data processing problems will eventually be worked out; every computer problem can be solved, if you’re willing to spend enough time and money on the effort. The | Read More »
Joe Manchin is a Coward
cow·ard noun \ˈkau̇(-ə)rd\ : someone who is too afraid to do what is right or expected : someone who is not at all brave or courageous Political : Someone who runs for office in West Virginia and won’t admit that he supports every word of Obamacare. Example Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is a coward. If you ever listen to Democrats run for office in a | Read More »
Tweet of the Day, Your Marital Problems Are Not My Business, @FLOTUS edition.
And I’m sorry to hear about them, Mrs. Obama. Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown — FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) October 1, 2013 I mean, it must have been awful to have your own husband tell you that you’re not an essential part of the government. Moe Lane (crosspost)
The Man Who Kept Obamacare Out of Texas
Welcome to day one of Obamacare America. One of the controversial portions of the law involves the expansion of state Medicaid programs, with strings attached of course. Twenty-Three states and the District of Columbia have agreed to institute the Medicaid expansion portion of the President’s so-called Affordable Care Act. Texas, thankfully, is not one of them. Much of the credit for that goes to someone | Read More »
Cover Oregon announces signup delay for #Obamacare exchange. *Despite* hipster songs.
But… but… but… this is impossible! Oregonians will have to wait to enroll for health insurance through President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. I mean, Cover Oregon had a song! Officials said late Monday that Cover Oregon, the state’s insurance marketplace that was supposed to go live on Tuesday, is still experiencing glitches. The online system is not correctly determining eligibility for tax credits, the | Read More »
Let the Buying Off of Lobbyists Begin
Talking to a member of Congress this morning, he tells me leadership staffers are sitting around dreaming up new, creative ways to lose this fight. He admits his cynicism is running high and is convinced Republican leadership staff are championing a loss as an “I told you so moment” to buttress a “should have listened to us” line. He is angry at his own side. | Read More »
Obamacare: Day One
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss what to expect on day one of the Obamacare era, pitfalls we may face and how the budget battle in Congress could impact the implementation of Obamacare.
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The Path Forward
Republicans have spent the past few days leading up to the overly-hyped October 1 deadline negotiating with themselves. The House moved from full defunding of Obamacare to delay for one-year, in conjunction with repeal of the medical device tax. Then they passed another CR merely delaying the individual mandate along with eliminating the congressional exclusion. Then they passed a resolution attempting to go to conference | Read More »
Surprise, The World Spins On
As I type this — having gone to bed around 1 a.m. and back up now just after 4 — the government is still shut down. I know what you’re thinking. “How am I still alive?” Seriously. The government is shut down and the world is spinning on. You and I are still alive. In a few hours, my kids will go off to a | Read More »
Tech at Night: Google isn’t wiretapping. The anti-IRFA is a good idea.
I have to say, my initial reaction to accusing Google of wiretapping is absurd. Think about it: the whole concept of wiretapping is that you’re intercepting communications from person A to person B. If Google ads are wiretapping, them spam filtering would be wiretapping, since you’re also scanning an email to do that.
We’ve discussed in the past how Pandora was trying to get government to change the rules in its favor against copyright holders, because the government had previously tilted the scales in favor of broadcast radio against copyright holders, in the form of a proposed law known as IRFA. Pandora’s clearly wrong about that, as we should have a level playing field and not be picking winners and losers at all. But one good consequence could be a bill that would go the other way, an anti-IRFA: repealing the laws that favor broadcast radio to begin with. Just ditch the whole compulsory licensing system.
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Reclaiming the Party
This is just embarrassing. Those were Erick’s words earlier this afternoon, and the statement is absolutely correct. The Republican Party, as it is and as it has been, is an utter embarrassment to those who vote for them. The guys up top – Boehner, McConnell (ESPECIALLY MCCONNELL), Cantor, Cornyn and the rest – listen to money, lobbyists and, strangely, Democrats, for guidance on what to | Read More »